Less is more - good advice for your laundry habits. For extra longevity and durability, you should only wash a 100% cotton T-shirt when needed. Even though quality cotton is robust, every wash causes stress to its natural fibres leading to faster ageing and fading. So, wash less and your favourite t-shirt will live a long healthy life.
Washing less also helps reduce your water usage and carbon footprint. Our laundry routine is often based more on habit (wash after every wear) than on actual need (wash when dirty). Doing laundry only when needed can help reduce environmental impact and, you still stay clean!
Placing items inside a laundry bag (T-Net) prevents them from getting damaged and stretched, especially if you have a mixed laundry load.
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White with white! Separating your whites will help maintain the fresh whiteness of your summer tees. You reduce the risk of a white T-Shirt becoming grey or coloured (think pink) by another garment. Darker colours can go together, especially after multiple washes.
Sorting your laundry by fabric types will further optimize your washing results: sports and workwear might have different needs than your delicate summer tees. If you have any doubts, a quick look at the care label always helps.
A 100% cotton T-Shirt does not like heat and may shrink if washed too hot, whereas detergents work better in higher temperatures. So, you have to find the right balance between the washing temperature and effective cleaning. Darker-coloured T-Shirts can be washed completely cold, but we recommend washing our tees at around 30 degrees.
Washing your tees cold ensures a longer-lasting T-Shirt and reduces the risk of any unwanted decolourisation. Besides, washing at lower temperatures also reduces the environmental impact and even your bills: reducing temperatures can reduce energy consumption by up to 35%.
Washing your T-Shirts ‘inside out’ will help the unavoidable abrasion happen on the inner side of the shirt, leaving the visual outside unaffected. This reduces the risk of unwanted fuzziness and pilling of natural cotton.
Also, dry T-Shirts inside out. This means that potential fading also happens on the inner side of the garment while leaving the outer surface intact.
There are many eco-friendly detergents available in the market that uses natural ingredients as a base instead of chemical ingredients (oil-based). However, even ‘green detergents’ will pollute wastewater and can damage your clothes if you use them in very high amounts. So, remember that using more detergent will not make your clothes any cleaner.
The fewer clothes you put in the washing machine, the less detergent is needed. The same concept applies to less dirty garments.
It’s worth noting that all cotton products will have natural shrinkage during the drying process. By air-drying instead of tumble drying, you can reduce the risk of shrinkage. Tumble drying might be a convenient solution, but a T-Shirt is best air-dried.
When air-drying your garments, avoid direct sunlight to reduce unwanted fading. Delicate cotton fabrics should be hung over a rail to reduce creasing and unwanted stretching.
Skipping the dryer increases the durability of your T-Shirt and also has a massive environmental effect. The average tumble dryers need up to five times the energy levels of a standard washing machine, which means that you reduce your carbon footprint substantially when you avoid tumble drying.
Depending on the specific fabric of a T-Shirt, cotton can be prone to wrinkles and creasing. However, you can minimize creasing by handling your T-Shirts correctly when taking them out of the washing machine. You can give each garment a gentle stretch or shake to get them back into shape.
Take extra care around the neckline and shoulders: you should not stretch them too much here as you don’t want the T-Shirt to lose shape. Some washing machines also have a setting that helps you prevent creasing. Reducing the spinning cycle of your washing program also helps to reduce creasing, but this means that your T-shirt will be a bit moister when coming out of the washing machine.
If your T-Shirt needs ironing, it is best to refer to the garment care label to understand what temperature setting is safe. The more dots you see on the iron symbol in the care label, the more heat you can use. For example, you can iron our Men Comfy Cotton Jersey T-Shirt from Teezlab at medium heat (two dots).
When ironing your T-Shirt, we recommend ironing inside out and using the steam function of your iron. Spraying cotton fabrics with some moisture before ironing will make their fibres smoother and flatten them more easily.
We recommend using a steamer instead of a conventional iron for an even better look and gentler treatment of your T-Shirt.
Pro tip: The specific fabric of the Cotton Tees from Teezlab often doesn’t need ironing at all if you gently stretch them before drying. Due to its extra-long fibres, the T-Shirt from Teezlab becomes softer overtime, which means it should need less ironing.
The best way to store your T-Shirts is to fold and lay them on a flat surface. Knitted fabrics like the Comfy Cotton Jersey T-shirt might stretch if hung for a long time.
Should you prefer hanging your T-Shirts, use wide hangers so their weight is evenly distributed. Make sure you also insert the hanger from the bottom so you’re not over-stretching the neckline.
Lastly, in order to avoid fading of colour, avoid sunlight during storage.
If you have a stain on your T-shirt, the first and most important rule is to treat it immediately. Natural materials like cotton or linen are very absorbent (especially with red wine or tomato sauce) so the faster you start to remove the stain, the easier it is to remove it entirely.
Unfortunately, there is no universal detergent or stain removal product that can eliminate all substances. Research has shown that the more effective a stain remover, the harsher it is to the colour of a garment. Hence, we would recommend rinsing the stain with warm water first and subsequently adding some mild detergent or soap.
For persistent stains, you can use a commercial stain remover. Avoid stain solutions with bleach for coloured cotton garments as the bleach might remove the colour and leave a mark.