The durability and versatility of cotton make it a prime choice for many garments as well as other fabric items found in the house. It’s also very easy to care for.
Caring for Cotton Items:
- Cotton is a durable fabric that can generally tolerate the agitation of being machine washed and dried with no ill effects. Any items with special decorations like sequins or screen printing will require special care though.
- For best results, machine wash cotton items in cold or warm water. Do not use hot water as it may shrink the cotton.
- Use a normal wash cycle and regular detergent (with color safe bleach if desired).
- Tumble dry on a low setting, then promptly remove the item from the dryer to avoid wrinkles.
- Use an iron to remove wrinkles. Adding a spray starch will revive the crispness of cotton fabrics.
Cleaning Cotton Towels
- When washing cotton towels, to help keep them soft and fluffy, use half the amount of recommended detergent and run them through an extra rinse cycle (detergent residue can diminish softness).
- When washing and drying cotton towels, never use a silicone-based fabric softener (either liquid or sheet); they act as a water repellants and will diminish the absorbency of the towels.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Avoid using bleach if a finish has been applied to the garment. Also avoid using more than the recommended amount of bleach because it can damage the fibers.
- It may be safe to wash cotton whites with bleach on a hot water setting. Check the label for recommendations.
- Cotton items can shrink and wrinkle easily so they are often combined with other fibers. Check the care instructions on the inside tag for any special exceptions.