High heat helps soften the fibers.

How to Soften a T-Shirt

by Tom Ryan

If you want a brand new T-shirt to have that soft, worn-in feeling, you don’t have to bide your time over months of wearing and washing -- you can soften it up right at home over a few days. A simple chemical treatment made using ingredients already stocked in your kitchen can transform a stiff shirt into one that’s cuddly-soft and ready for wearing.

Fill a bucket or tub with water, mixing in a half cup of salt for every quart. Stir until the salt is completely dissolved.

Soak the T-shirt in this mixture for three days.

Remove the shirt and wash it on hot with just a bit of detergent. The hot water helps weaken the fabric’s fibers, making it extra soft -- for this reason, you may need to experiment with different sizes, as the shirt may shrink a bit.

Tumble dry your shirt on high heat. Repeat the soak, wash and dry process as necessary.

Items you will need

  • One quart of water
  • Half cup of salt
  • Bucket or tub
  • Laundry detergent

About the Author

Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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