5 Tips to Clean and Care for Cotton Clothes You Need To Know
Cotton is a common fabric source for towels, sheets, lingerie and almost every kind of apparel. Before you wash a garment, always check the manufacturer’s care label for special instructions. If you want to absolutely prevent any shrinkage, cotton is best washed by hand. This isn’t practical for most people, so follow these general guidelines when washing cotton clothing.
Cotton fabric is made from natural plant fibers and is widely used in clothes and table linens and everything from delicate baby onesies to denim blue jeans. The fibers can be woven or knit to produce comfortable, breathable fabrics. Cotton clothes are affordable and durable but should be handled correctly to keep them looking their best and lasting for years.One may even look for the best online laundry services in Bhubaneswar.
One hundred percent cotton fabrics are washable. However, always check the care labels in garments before tossing clothes in the washer. While cotton is washable, some clothes or accessories may have materials that provide structure and shape― like interfacings in structured jackets and blazers―that are not washable. So, if you are a novice at doing laundry and see a dry clean only tag, pay attention. Cotton garments should be washed every two to three wears, depending on how soiled the item gets.
|How to Wash Cotton Clothes|
|Detergent||High performing detergent|
|Water Temperature||Cold for colored cottons, hot for bed linens and undergarments|
|Drying Cycle||Permanent press for clothes, regular cycle for linens|
|Special Treatments||Pre-treat stains|
|Ironing Setting||Cotton setting or 400 F/ 204 C|
The best way to prevent your garments from losing their colour is to hand wash them in cold water.
If using the washing machine, always a good idea is to use colour catching sheets.
2. Stain treatment
Use a colour safe stain remover/stick to pre-treat your cotton garments in specific regions. Focus on the areas exposed to sweat and antiperspirant (the armpits and neckline areas) as well as on stain spots.
This will not only help you combat staining, but will also help eradicate body odours.
Spilled coffee or wine?
If the stain is fresh, run your item under the cold tap through the back of the stain for 3-5 minutes, and then rub the stain gently every minute or so. If the stain persists, repeat those actions 2 to 3 times.
To remove older stains, rub in a small amount of liquid laundry detergent while the surface is still moist, and then leave it to set for 5-7 minutes. After, gently rub the stain between your fingers again to help loosen it, and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
Alternative treatments suggest using vinegar, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide or color safe bleach, baking soda, alcohol, and even egg yolk. More on this here
3. Drying, shrinkage and stretching
Note that cotton shrinks very fast on the first wash and in general is notoriously known for shrinkage.
Always read the care labels on your clothes before washing them for cleaning instructions. If unsure, stick to cold water.
Avoid drying your clothes on a wash line as hanging can inevitably stretch out their fabric.
If you are using the tumble dryer, do not leave your cotton items there until they are completely dry; instead, take them out while still a little damp and allow the moisture to evaporate gradually.
If your clothes did end up several sizes smaller or bigger, there are many life hacks on how to bring them back to life on the internet, including our own blog post about how to un-shrink your clothes.
4. Ironing and creasing
Cotton is a fairly tough fabric and can be ironed at higher temperatures without the risk of shininess or burning.
For a neater and smoother look, ensure you iron the back or inside of the fabric as well as the outside. Start ironing the underside, or inside the fabric first, so as to eliminate creases while ironing the outside.
If there are pre-existing stains/marks on your garments, you risk setting them into the fabric by ironing over them, however, to avoid this, we suggest not to iron the area, or to iron it using a damp cloth placed over it.
Cotton creases very easily and because of this it’s best if you store your cotton clothing by hanging it up rather than folding. For the better results of keeping their shape, invest in thick, shaped hangers rather than wire ones
There are multiple life hacks on how to rid of creasing online, but we like this page.
*On an environmentally friendly note, if opting for a hot shower method though, we’d recommend to take shower at the same time as removing the wrinkles on your clothing.
5. Don’t let you clothes be eaten
Yes, you heard it right – eaten! By moths and silverfish.
Like silk and wool, cotton is an organic fabric, and absorbs sweat and natural oils from the skin very easily, it often becomes the prey of these home pests.
How to Wash Your 100% Cotton Blanket
Open your blanket and place it in the washing machine. Use a large load size so the blanket can move freely in the water during the wash.
Pour the required Tide laundry detergent (follow the dosage instructions on the pack) and use a cold water cycle, delicate wash setting.
Remove the blanket as soon as the wash cycle finishing and either hang the blanket to dry, or place in the dryer with two dryer sheets on a tumble-dry setting.
Extra Tips for Cotton Garments
When it comes to bleach, avoid using more than the recommended amount with cotton, as it can damage the fibers of your favorites. If your garment has had a finish applied to it, then avoid using bleach altogether.
Because cotton items tend to wrinkle and shrink easily, they are usually combined with other fibers. Because of this mix, no cotton garment is created equal so check the fabric care instructions on the tags before washing.
Cotton is a durable, soft fiber, and most clothes today are made from it. Unfortunately, it does have one serious drawback: It tends to shrink when washed and dried.