Treat with grace
Cotton is the most widely used natural fabric in the world. As with all natural fibers, cotton needs to be handled with care. Machine washing causes harm to the fabric, so try to limit the times of throwing it in the machine.
If the shirt is not dirty, you can wear a shirt several times. In between, just hang it outside. Some fresh air can do magic. Or throw it in the dryer to tumble for a few minutes. Use a cold program and add a fragrance sheet if you like, to make sure the shirt keeps a fresh smell.
Have a look at the washing label inside the shirt before washing. The label contains all necessary information. First and most important, keep in mind that the shirt is prone to shrinking, especially during the first wash. Make sure you wash the shirt in cold water to minimize the shrinking. Shirts are preferably washed by hand or with a delicate program in a machine.
Stains are a real nuisance and a lot of time they’re hard to get rid of. There are many different stains and there’s no universal treatment. The one most important rule is to act fast. No matter what kind of stain you’re dealing with, make sure to treat it as as quick as possible. Once the stain has set, there’s little you can do.
When washing the shirt, be economical with the use of detergent and softener. It will save you money, it’s better for the environment. And, this might be a surprise, it’s better for the shirt as well. Too much detergent can actually harm the fabric.
Turn the shirt inside out before washing. This will protect the print and will prevent the colors from fading.
Give the shirt a gentle stretch after washing. Be aware that cotton can shrink in the dryer too. So preferably, don’t use a dryer. If you want to use the dryer anyhow, make sure to turn the shirt inside out and dry on the lowest temperature possible. If possible, simply hang the shirt out to dry. The shirt can best be dried horizontally, or use a hanger.
If you’re the kind of person who loves to look immaculate, even in a casual t-shirt, then you can iron the shirt to get rid of any creasing. You get the best result when your shirt is still a bit damp or if you use the steam option on your iron.