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How can I make a new t-shirt softer? Answered

I have a few t-shirts I have gotten as gifts that I absolutely love, but they are that new, "stiff" feeling cotton shirts... I would love to find a way to make them feel more "well-worn" and aged. Not necessarily vintage-y, just softer, more broken in, as if they've been worn for years. Is there any way to do this, besides just using copious amounts of fabric softener?

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Burf (author)2011-10-09

Wash it and then throw it in the dryer with 5 or 6 tennis balls. Run it through a couple of drying cycles and it should come out soft and fluffy.

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rickharris (author)Burf2011-10-09
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Burf (author)rickharris2011-10-09

Yep, I do that with new jeans. The tennis balls keep the fabric moving during drying preventing the starch in the fabric from linking up into long chains. The result is soft jeans.

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rickharris (author)2011-10-09

Wash them a couple of times.

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CrLz (author)2011-10-09

You may be able to mechanically wear it down:
1. Many, many washings
2. Get an old washboard and work it
3. Beat it with something like a tenderizer. Check out Hawaiian "bark cloth", the traditional tool for the second pounding would be what you could use.

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caarntedd (author)2011-10-08

Loan them to somebody else for 12 months? :D

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