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There’s nothing like a vintage shirt. Not only does it feel super soft but it’s also quite classic. If you are like us, then you’ve got two or three of them in your closet that you wear every now and then, particularly during the weekends when relaxing. If only all shirts could feel that good.
Fortunately for you, we have discovered a trick that can make any shirt, even the new ones, feel vintage-soft. All you need are basic items like salt that can be easily found at your local store, and follow the following instructions:
Step 1: Choose a shirt
Of course, any shirt can look vintage but we recommend starting out with one that’s one size up from what you usually wear. That’s because cotton might shrink in the course of softening, as the process involves lots of heat.
Step 2: Mix 2 cups of salt with a quarter cup of sodium carbonate washing soda
Mix the two ingredients thoroughly in a bowl or bucket. The salt will function as an abrasive, and thus make the shirt look older. The washing soda, on the other hand, will break down the shirt’s coating that gives it that crisp, rigid look and feel that makes it appear new.
Step 3: Switch on the washing machine
Place the shirt into the machine alongside a towel and set the machine to its highest temperature. The relevance of the high heat is to weaken the shirt’s fibers. As soon as the water line goes above the shirt and towel, pour in the washing soda and salt mixture together with your typical detergent and allow the machine to run through.
Step 4: Dry the shirt on high heat
After the washing process is complete, take the shirt to the dryer. Run the dryer on its highest heat setting for about an hour.
Step 5: Repeat the process 3 times
Blend another batch of salt and washing soda and repeat the whole process thrice, ensuring that the shirt dries on high heat after every wash. You can repeat the process for up to 6 times if you’re convinced the shirt needs more work. Just wash and dry it as long as you can, until you achieve your desired results.
Step 6: Brush off the printings
To make your shirt really look vintage, you will need to remove any printings on it, whether they’re logos, writings or images. Use a sandpaper to stroke the printing in a circular motion until all the ink in the printing is gone.
Once you’re done with all the steps, you will be amazed at how vintage and super soft your shirt feels. Remember, this strategy is not just effective for shirts; it works great for t-shirts and pants as well.
Do you know other ways of making your shirts look vintage? We’d be pleased to know your tricks.