We recommend origin'L ThreAdz products be Hand Wash Only or in COLD water on gentle cycle and laid flat to dry. This helps with not only shirking, but fading. We do pre-wash and dry all fabrics before sewing.
You can follow these basic steps for hand washing.
Step 1: Clean the Sink/Bowl
This seems so obvious, but kitchen sinks/bowls can have traces of grease that will transfer to clothing. Bathroom sinks may have traces of skin care products that will bleach fabrics.
Step 2: Water Temperature and Detergent
When hand washing clothing, the water should always be cold or tepid, never over 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 29 degrees Celsius. Hot water can cause color bleeding or shrinkage.
You should always fill the sink/bowl with water before adding the items to be washed. The force of running water can actually stretch some fibers. If you need to add more water, you must deflect the force of the water with your hand or a cup.
When hand washing, use one teaspoon of gentle liquid detergent. You do not need lots of bubbles to get a clean garment. Lots of bubbles just mean lots of rinsing or a garment with detergent residue left in the fibers. Always add the detergent to the water before adding clothing and give the water a quick stir to be sure the detergent is dissolved and distributed well.
Step 3: Soak and Swish
Leaving plenty of room in the sink (never overload), submerge the clothing in the water. Be sure that the clothing is completely saturated. Allow the garment to soak for at least five minutes and then gently swish it through the water. Never twist or scrub the products, or you may have stretching.
Step 4: Drain and Rinse
Lift the clothing from the sink and drain away the soapy water. Do not wring the Products. Fill the sink with clean, tepid water and put the clothing back in the sink to rinse. Swish through the water. Repeat this step until no suds are seen.
Step 5: Towel Off and Dry
If the clothing is made of a light-weighted fabric, it can be hung to drip dry immediately after rinsing. Always use a padded hanger that will not rust to prevent stains on the clothing.
Finally, place the clothing on a flat surface to dry in a well-ventilated room. Do not toss in a hot clothes dryer or dry next to direct heat. If heavy items are hung, they will stretch or get marks on the shoulders from the hanger due to the weight. When drying items on a flat surface, flip the garment a couple of times to speed drying time.
Step 6: Begin Loving Your origin'L threAdz Again!!!