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Use a mild detergent specifically designed for delicate fabrics. Avoid using bleach or fabric softener, as these can damage the fibers of the cotton.
Use the appropriate water temperature for the color of your shirt. Hot water should be used for whites and light-colored shirts, while warm water is best for colored shirts.
Remove your shirts from the washing machine as soon as the cycle is complete. Hang them up or lay.
Ironing cotton shirts can be a quick and easy task when done correctly. Here are some tips to help you achieve a professional-looking finish:
Sort your shirts by color and fabric weight. This will prevent any accidental color bleeding.
Set your iron to the appropriate heat setting for cotton. Most irons have a cotton setting that ranges between 150-200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Start by ironing the collar and cuffs of the shirt. These areas are the most visible and can make a big difference in the overall appearance of the shirt.
Move on to the sleeves, and then the front and back of the shirt. Be sure to iron in the direction of the fabric grain to prevent any stretching or distortion.
Finish by ironing the button placket and the bottom hem of the shirt.
To remove wrinkles from hard to reach areas such as the underarms, you can use the steam setting on your iron, or use a handheld steamer.
Lastly, hang up your shirt immediately after ironing to prevent any wrinkles from forming.
With these tips, your cotton shirts will look crisp and wrinkle-free every time you wear them.