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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
Burf

8 years ago

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
rickharris

Answer 8 years ago

What the tennis balls??

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Burf
Burf

Answer 8 years ago

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
rickharris

8 years ago

Wash them a couple of times.

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CrLz
CrLz

8 years ago

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
caarntedd

8 years ago

Loan them to somebody else for 12 months? :D