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Washing Different Fabric Types

How to Wash Different Clothing Types

You have that favorite pair of jeans, that faded cotton t-shirt you hope will never get too worn out, and athletic wear you need to keep in tip-top shape. With a multitude of fabrics to clean in every household, many individuals find themselves throwing in combined loads that do damage to beloved items, or simply forgetting to apply different methods to sorted clothing. 

Let's talk about 4 common fabrics and the ways to wash them correctly. It all starts with a safe and clean washing machine — but from there, you'll need to know the ins and out of each fabric's needs to keep your clothes in great shape for the long haul.


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Everyone loves a comfy cotton shirt, but 100% cotton is actually quite sensitive to shrinkage. Be sure to wash your cotton clothing in cold water, and give it a gentle tug when the wash cycle ends. Cotton blends will hold up in the dryer, but always airdry 100% cotton items.


Denim seems tough, but it requires special care if you want that go-to pair of jeans to last for years. Always wash new jeans separately for the first few rounds of laundry to ensure the dye doesn't bleed onto other items. It's also best to turn them inside out. Wash jeans in cold water to mitigate pilling and fading. Finally, pull your jeans from the dryer when they're still a tad damp to preserve their lifespan. 


Consider spandex much like your intimates, since the fibers of a spandex blend are prone to stretching and tearing. Use the delicate or gentle cycle for spandex, and wash in warm water. It's also a good idea to throw your spandex items into a mesh garment bag before putting them in the machine to preserve the elasticity on bands.


Only put silk in your washing machine if the label allows it, and always use the delicate cycle! Silk with color in it is prone to bleeding, so definitely keep your silk clothing separate and treat it with extra care.

Understanding how to wash a variety of fabrics is essential to preserving the health and latitude of your clothing, but it's all for nothing if those clothes are exposed to grime and bacteria. Whether it's cotton, denim, spandex, or silk, make sure your washing machine is deep-cleaned before you throw those precious pieces in a load. 

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