So you’ve bought a new t-shirt at the store or ordered one online to only realise that it’s rough and itchy once you got back home. What a bummer. Or maybe you have an old tee that has lost all its softness through wear?
Whatever the case, the tee is uncomfortable, and something needs to be done. Don’t rush to dispose of the garment, though, because it’s possible to make it softer and more pleasant to wear with some simple household items.
Here are some easy ways how to make your t-shirts softer.
Why do tees get scratchy?
You’ve probably noticed that some tees are soft straight from the store or even get softer with time while others are…not.
The reason for it most likely is the low quality of the fabric. And the cheaper the tee, generally the poorer the fabric.
During the process of making a t-shirt fabric, cotton fibres usually get carded, combed and blended. However, because factory time is money, combing sometimes gets skipped, leaving the textiles rough, itchy and stiff.
The other reason might be the cheap (again!) dyes that many producers use to cut corners and save costs. These dyes contain toxic chemicals that damage and stiffen the fabric fibres. So yes, that bright red tee you got on your company retreat? It most likely already is or will get scratchy very soon!
Many t-shirt producers also use cheap cotton blends to reduce the costs of the final product, a fact you should remember when next time looking for a new tee.
Opt for only high-quality soft tees from trusted brands like Fresh Clean Tees!
How to soften a t-shirt
If you’re reading this, you probably already have a rough and scratchy tee, but you can change your lousy buyer’s luck by softening it.
Softening a t-shirt will not only make it more comfortable, it will also help minimise the harmful effects of the chemical dyes and make the garment more breathable. We all know that a stiff tee on a hot day or during a workout makes sweating unbearable!
Here are some cheap, effective and easy ways to soften your t-shirts.
Clear vinegar and baking soda solution
One of the most popular ways to soften fabric (ask your mom or grandma) is to make a simple vinegar solution with baking soda.
Simply mix a cup of vinegar with a teaspoon of soda, let it dissolve and pour into the washing machine with your tees. Air dry them later.
Note: don’t use wine, apple cider or any other coloured vinegar unless you want to stain your tee (probably not!).
Salt and water solution
Everybody has salt at home! Boil a large pot of water, add a cup of salt (any type will do), then submerge your tees and let them simmer for up to an hour.
Drain and wash them in a washing machine.
Note: if your tees are made of rayon, skip this method.
Using a pumice stone
Most people have pumice stone in their bathrooms, and it can help soften more things than just rough heels!
Simply rub your itchy tee with the stone, submerge it into a bucket of water (or your sink), add fabric softener and let it sit overnight. Wash it in the morning and air dry.
In your tumble dryer
Some people simply don’t have the patience even for the easiest DIY methods, and hey, we hear ya! That’s why you can always try softening your tees in your tumble dryer if you have one.
The trick is getting your t-shirt wet, the almost dry (keyword being – almost), and only them putting it into the drier with balls. The dryer balls will soften the fabric, but if your tee is very rough, you might need to repeat the process once again.