What happens when you buy a new T shirt? Well, most people will tell you that a new and thick variety of cotton T shirt is usually not that comfortable so they hate it. They will tell you that they would rather have a T shirt that works around their curves and feels soft rather than something that is stiff and uncomfortable.
To ensure that this happens, you will probably buy T shirts that are soft, comfortable and good to look at. But still you may end up picking a T shirt or two that looks good but does not feel that good when you wear it.
Normally you don’t want to wait till you have to wash it umpteen times so that you can get that cozy, comfy and soft feel that you need to get from a T shirt. Here are some of the best methods gleaned by trial and error to get that soft T shirt feel.
Soften your T shirt using vinegar: You need
- Vinegar that is clear. Stay away from the flavored and colored ones to avoid staining your shirt.
- Baking soda
- Some spoons and cups for measuring
How to do it:
- Start by adding one tablespoon of baking soda to a bowl.
- Add one cup of vinegar and mix this very slowly to prevent it from fizzing over. Do it in a place where a little spillage will not matter like the sink.
- After sometime the mixture will settled down enough for you to stir and mix it well.
- Pour this mixture when it is flat along with T shirt into the washing machine and run it for a wash.
Results: Though the shirt showed no visible sign of damage, the softness that is desired was not to found. But the vinegar seemed to have imparted a nice fresh feeling to the T shirt.
Soften your T shirt using salt water: You need
- A large pot with a lid
- One cup salt
- A wooden spoon for stirring
- Plenty of water
- Stove to heat
- A strainer
How to do it:
- Fill the pot with water leaving room for the T shirt to be dunked in
- Add the salt and mix
- Boil this mixture well
- Wet the T shirt and then put it in the pot
- Turn the heat down before doing this
- Use the wooden spoon to make sure that shirt is totally dunked
- Cover the pot with the lid and allow it to simmer on a low heat for about half an hour to 45 minutes
- Now strain the contents of the pot using the strainer or colander
- After the shirt has cooled, do rinse it to remove the salt.
- Put the shirt in the washing machine for a normal wash cycle.
Results: There was no damage to the shirt due to the treatment and subsequent wash that it received in the washing machine. Plus this process seems to have considerably softened the collar and the rest of the fabric to a certain extent. To get better results maybe more soaking for a longer time is required.
Final conclusion: The first method of using vinegar produced no discernible results and the second method of salt water boiling made things only slightly better. We can say that getting that soft worn and comfortable feeling for a new T shirt may only happen over time. If you are not patient to wait for that then go for a T shirt that already feels softer.