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How To Wash Dress Shirts

09 Jun
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How To Wash Dress Shirts

When you are young, jeans and a t-shirt are appropriate clothes; but, as you get older, looking your best becomes something that most adults strive for. There is something about having a put-together look that not only makes people view you at your best but may also assist boost your self-confidence. What person would not desire that?

High-quality dress shirts should be bright and clean, but they do not endure indefinitely. Caring about them properly can help keep them looking new for a much longer period. Overwashing destroys the fibers and prematurely ages your shirts, and unless your job requires a lot of blood, sweat, or tears, you may generally wear them more than once between washes.

If you have a washing machine, this procedure is to wash your dress shirt is quick and economical, and it provides you control over cleaning stains, protecting buttons, and keeping collars in place. Here is how:

You will require the following items:

  • ● Use high-quality chlorine-free detergents.
  • ● Pre-taster
  • ● Laundry machine
  • ● Hangers of high quality
  • ● Ironing board and iron

Prepare the Shirt!

Making sure your shirts are ready to wash is just as crucial as washing them; here’s what you’ll need to do to make sure everything goes properly.

Buttons and Restraints

Unbutton all buttons, including cuff and collar buttons, before washing. If it has collar stays, remove them, and store them somewhere securely. This helps to keep your fabric and buttons in good condition.

Problem Areas Should be Treated in Advance

Stains – Pretreat stains by gently massaging a little detergent into them with a toothbrush, or spot clean with a stain remover stick/pen. Make certain that the discoloration is fully removed.

Collars – Ring around the collar stains are prevalent, caused by a buildup of perspiration and oil from your skin. First, use a dish detergent like Dawn to remove the greasy oil so you can get to the real stain below it. Wet the garment, then apply dish soap to the discolored collar and soak it for approximately an hour. Once the grease has been removed, use a stain remover such as Oxiclean or Shout to remove the yellow.

Cuffs – As soon as possible, pre-treat stains on the cuffs. The stain will be more difficult to remove the longer it sits in the cloth. Some stains may be removed by soaking the garment in cold water for at least 30 minutes before proceeding to the next step. If the stain persists after soaking, work liquid laundry detergent, bar soap, or shampoo into it to loosen it, then let the soap on the stain for at least 2 hours to soak.

Underarm Stains – This is when Oxiclean comes in handy. Fill a sink halfway with warm water and add one scoop of OxiClean. Soak your damaged garment in the sink for an hour…or overnight if the stain is too severe.

Finally, before washing, turn your dress shirt inside out.

Read More: How To Wash Your Dry Clean Cloths Only

Machine Wash

Dress shirts should be washed on a gentle cycle to reduce wear. If the shirt is made of thick fabric or is very soiled, use the regular cycle. Dark-colored shirts that do not want to fade should be cleaned in cold water, while light-colored shirts should be cleaned in warm water. Use a high-quality laundry detergent, such as Woolite Complete or Tide. Cheap detergents end up costing you more in the long run since they seldom perform the job correctly the first time. Take care to avoid using any chlorine-based detergents or cleansers. Many shirt fabrics will become discolored as a result of this. Wash the shirts as normal in the washing machine, and then let the spin cycle wring the majority of the water out of the fabric.

Take Out of the Washer and Hang

Remove your garments from the washer as soon as the spin cycle is finished. Hold them by the shoulders and snap them to release creases before hanging them to dry on plastic or wooden hangers. Wet shirts should not be hung on wire hangers since they might damage the fibers and discolor the cloth.

If you must use the dryer, be certain that all stains are entirely removed – heat sets stains. To help keep your shirts crisp, remove them from the dryer when they are still slightly moist and hang them in a ventilated place.

Question: Is it ok to dry shirts in the dryer?

We recommend avoiding the dryer and letting the shirt air dry on a hanger, although (depending on the size of your house) this is not always practical. If you must put the shirt in a dryer, avoid high heat or over-drying the shirt. Use the dryer to get most of the moisture out of the shirt, and then iron the shirt immediately to remove the rest of the moisture and any wrinkles at the same time. If you dry your shirts completely in the dryer you’ll find the shirt a bit harder to iron perfectly, and they will likely shrink beyond Proper Cloth’s calculated shrinkage allowances.

Three Tips to Maximize Dress Shirt Life

  1. Don’t leave dirty white shirts in the hamper for too long before washing. This can lead to premature yellowing of the collar band as any sweat and oils will have more time to set into the fabric of the shirt.
  2. Always remove the collar stays from the collar before washing and ironing. If you don’t they will become warped causing the dress shirt collar points to curve awkwardly.
  3. Don’t count on your cleaner to find and remove stains. If you know there’s a spot on your placket or sleeve, point it out so that they know to spot clean it.


Washing your clothing is time-consuming and inconvenient. It is up to you to determine whether your time is more valuable than the expense of professional laundry and press. Contact us if you decide you’d prefer to do something else. Our laundry services in OK will do the washing, and you can do anything you want.

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