Keep your favorite tee from shrinking by washing it properly.

How To Wash T-Shirts So They Won't Shrink

by Kimbry Parker

Many T-shirts are preshrunk, but that doesn’t mean that they will not shrink further. While it’s fine to toss your tees into the washing machine -- hand-washing them would be far too time consuming, especially for a busy mom -- it’s important to take some precautions during the laundering process to make sure they stay in mint condition.

1 Sort your clothes before washing. Wash your T-shirts with clothes of like colors and that require the same water temperature.

2 Set the water temperature on the washer to cold or warm. Either temperature setting will suffice, but if you’re using cold water, use a laundry detergent designed for cold-water laundering.

3 Add the recommended amount of laundry detergent. Place the T-shirts into the washer. Allow the clothes to run through a complete wash cycle.

4 Hang your T-shirts to dry rather than placing them in the dryer. You can hang them on hangers or lay them over a drying rack. If you must dry them in the dryer, use a low-heat setting to avoid shrinkage.

Items you will need

  • Laundry detergent
  • Clothes hangers or drying rack


  • If you hang your T-shirts to dry and they need to be softened up a bit, toss them in the dryer on the no heat setting to get out the wrinkles and soften the fabric.

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