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How To: Wash a Shirt

Few things are as simply satisfying as putting on a crisp, clean shirt in the morning. By knowing the optimal way to wash your Eton shirt you make sure your shirt continues to look and feel great, wash after wash.


Our shirts are made to last, but by taking proper care of them you will extend their lifespan even further — and reduce your environmental footprint. Water and energy use, and the stress of less than optimal laundering practices on the garments means all laundry has a definite environmental impact. The good news is, a few clever tricks places the power to reduce it in your hands. Follow our guide to take care of your shirt the Eton way, and you will enjoy your premium quality Eton shirt for longer.

Before you wash: Studies show that many of us wash our clothes more often than necessary. We recommend washing your shirt only when it is dirty. To decide whether you need to wash it or not, use your eyes and nose to determine. Reduce — If you want that fresh feel in-between washes, air your shirt on a hanger for a few hours, preferably outside, but inside works too. To freshen it and straighten a few creases, hang it on a hanger in the bathroom while you shower (it will act like a steamer).

When you need to wash your Eton shirt, here is how you do it:

• Always check the care label before washing a shirt for the first time. Two cotton shirts may have different recommendations due to fabric properties or color. However: the key thing to know is that the recommended temperature is the maximum temperature recommended, not the minimum.

• Determine the needs: how soiled is your shirt? Based on that, decide the temperature setting. The lower your setting, the more energy you save. With the advancement of washing-machines and detergents, a cold wash cycle will get a light to moderately soiled shirt clean, with higher temperatures reserved for greater needs.

• Set the washing machine to a low spin cycle. Lowering the rpm is less stressful on the fabric and more energy efficient.

• If there is a stain on your shirt, check out our guide on how to treat common stains on your shirt before washing it.

• Unbutton the shirt, turn it inside-out, and pop the collar. Do not overload the washing machine. Overloading it will create more wear on the garments. Use the right amount of detergent based on local water quality. Adding more will not do the job better. Do not use fabric softener, it will not make your shirt cleaner or affect its texture — but it will have an environmental cost.

• Never mix dark, colored, and white garments in the same wash program. Keep different detergents for each type of laundry. Some detergents contain bleach to keep white shirts white, others are better at maintaining color. Learn more about maintaining the color of your shirt.

• When the cycle is over, remove the shirt. Carefully stretch the cuff, collar, and front placket. Do not wring the shirt. Let your shirt dry naturally, either on a drying rack ot preferably on a hanger. Outside if the weather allows it, or indoors at room temperature. Natural drying is not only totally energy free, it is the optimal way to make your shirt look its best, and reduces ironing time.

• We do not recommend tumble drying. It is less than optimal for our quality shirts, energy-consuming, puts a lot of stress on the fabric and increases ironing time.

• Ironing is perfect for getting rid of creases. Check this guide and learn how to iron your shirt, plus learn how to get rid of wrinkles if you don’t have an iron at hand.