Hoodies are a comfortable way to stay warm and stylish. Hoodies are popular for their versatile nature of fabric and style, they’re also great for casual outwear because they can be worn with just about anything from jeans to skirts and dresses. But how do you keep your hoodie soft and fluffy?
Follow these steps to wash your hoodies:
Wash your hoodie inside out. Use cold water, preferably distilled or filtered. Only use gentle detergents, and wash with the same fabric. This will help keep the color from fading and keep it looking like new for longer.
In this article, we will help you know the best practices to take care of your hoodies looking new for longer.
How to Wash Fleece Jacket
Hoodies are a staple in your wardrobe, but they can be tricky to wash. They get dirty and need to be washed, but then they start to lose their softness, fade and shrink, many prints fade over time and lose their shape in the wash. If you’re looking to keep your hoodie looking new for longer, here are a few tips to make sure your softshell jacket stays looking good.
Easy Steps Wash and Care Your Hoodie
There are some easy steps you can follow to take care of your hoodie. This can make your search for the perfect sweatshirt much more enjoyable and comfortable.
Washing Your Hoodie in Machine
All types of cotton or cotton blend (fleece) hoodies are machine washable except wool. Wool fabric get damaged in the washing machine and ruin your hoodie. Hence, consider washing your fleece hoodies into washing machines only.
To wash your hoodies into a washer:
- Turn Inside Out of Your Hoodie
- Use Cold Water
- Wash with Same Fabric Clothes
- Use Mild Detergent
- Wash with Gentle Cycle
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Turn Insides Out of Your Hoodie
Before you toss your hoodie into the washing machine, turn it inside out. This will protect the outside layer from getting damaged by whatever you have in there, prevents the color of the hoodie to fade away, as well as keep it from rubbing against other garments.
Tie the drawstrings to avoid slipping in the washer and zip it up if a zipper hoodie so it doesn’t get snagged with other garments in the load.
Use Cold Water
Use cold water to wash your hoodies as warm water can shrink fabrics like cotton and fleece. If you’re washing a sublimated hoodie that has prints or another fabric incorporated into its design, using cold water will help ensure that everything stays in best form. By using cold water, you can save money and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by up to 60 percent.
If you use cold water when you wash your clothes, the energy used to heat the water is reduced. This reduces your monthly bills and helps to decrease your carbon footprint. Using cold water is also cost effective in terms of ironing. It reduces wrinkles if washed with a gentle cycle.
Wash with Same Clothes
Wash with similar fabrics, like cotton and polyester this will keep your hoodie soft and fluffy. To prevent color transfer, wash the hoodie with items that have a similar color. Do not wash your hoodie with towels as lint left over from the towels can stick to the hoodie. Similar items include sweatshirts and winter jackets.
Choose Mild Detergent
Though using a regular detergant is good to go but if your hoodie’s fabric is fragile, try using a mild detergent that won’t damage it. Or, if you want to preserve the color of your hoodie, try a color-preserving detergent. Just add a little bit of vinegar with your gentle detergent. This helps keep darker colors from bleeding into each other and gives your garments a soft, pleasant smell.
Use Gentle Cycle
Use the delicate cycle on your washing machine. A delicate cycle is never harsh on your hoodie fabric yet a perfect combo of cold water and mild detergent makes it super easy to remove stains and odors from your hoodie. The gentle cycle also helps keep the color of your garment intact.
You can also set the washing machine to a low spin speed, which is ideal for gently rinsing out soap and other residues that can damage clothing fabrics.
Rinse the Detergent Off with Cold Water
When you’re ready to rinse the detergent off, simply fill a sink or basin with cold water and add a few drops of soap. Gently swirl the hoodie in the water until most of the soap is removed, then take it out and squeeze out any excess liquid gently. Using a soft towel cloth, remove any remaining moisture from your hoodie before hanging it up to dry. You can also use cold water if you’re worried about shrinking your hoodie (if this happens, simply hang it up immediately so that it can fully air-dry).
Never Use a Dryer Machine
If you have a dryer that uses heat, don’t use it. Dryers will break down your hoodie and cause the fibers to shrink in length.
If you don’t have access to a clothesline or steamer, hang your hoodie outside in direct sunlight until it is completely dry (about 24 hours). This is an excellent way to let all of the moisture evaporate from your garment so that it won’t cause pilling on future wearing!
Hanging is also an excellent way for people who live in apartments or dorms where space isn’t at their disposal; simply put the garment up on any available hanger near its size (e.g., if there’s no hanger near your bed, just hang it up against another wall).
Important Care Precautions
To take best care of your expensive hoodies here are some important care precautions to keep in mind. If you don’t follow these you are more likely to waste your favorite winter wear and have to replace it sooner than you’d like.
Don’t Wash Your Hoodie After Every Wear
Most important rule of thumb about washing your hoodie is to never wash it after every wear. Washing the hoodie too often will result in it losing its shape and color. The more you wash it, the faster that happens. If you want to keep your hoodie fresh, then you should only wash it after wearing it five or six times.
Over washing can cause major damage to the fibers of a garment like yours and will result in a decrease in fluffiness. If you choose to wash your hoodies in cold water (cold as opposed to warm), be sure not to let them soak for too long as this could damage their structure even further!
Check Tag to See Washer Precautions
Check the label to see if any special instructions are in place for your particular hoodie. If there aren’t any, use cold water and a gentle cycle. Don’t use fabric softener or dryer machine.
Never Use Fabric Softener
Fabric softener can leave behind a film of residue that can attract dirt, or it can make the fabric less absorbent. This means your hoodie will get dirty more quickly and you’ll have to wash your hoodie more often. Also, fabric softeners are often full of chemicals that can cause static electricity (which is irritating) and even make your clothes smell bad!
Don’t Overstuff Washing Machine
Don’t overstuff the machine. When you’re putting your clothes in, make sure that they are not so full that they can’t move around comfortably. You should avoid stuffing too many clothes at once, this will cause them all to touch each other as they tumble around in the drum and could potentially lead to damage.
Always Air Dry
It’s important to air dry your hoodie as soon as possible. Hoodies are made of natural fibers such as cotton, and they can shrink up to 20% when wet. This means that if you put it in the washer with other clothes, the hoodie will fit differently after washing than when it was new!
Air drying is better for the environment than tumble drying or putting your hoodie on a rack in direct sunlight. Hang drying also allows air circulation around each individual fiber which keeps them soft and fluffy.
If you take care of your hoodie by washing it in cold water and using a mild detergent and air drying, it should last you for a long time.