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[–] [email protected] 144 points 2 months ago (14 children)

Buddy...

  1. Turn your shirt inside out before putting it in the machine.
  2. Set the machine to cold water, delicate/gentle cycle.
  3. The picture you posted is of a dry, hot desert, right? What do you think a machine called a dryer that uses heat will do? Hang them to dry on a cheap rack from Amazon or your shower curtain rod instead.

I have shirts that still look practically new after dozens and dozens of washes.

[–] [email protected] 242 points 2 months ago (1 children)
[–] Branch_Ranch 13 points 2 months ago (9 children)

How do you insert an image like this in comments? I can only get the link to the image to show up. Thanks.

[–] [email protected] 16 points 2 months ago

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[–] dogsnest 71 points 2 months ago (1 children)

Do you really think his mom is going to go through all that?

[–] [email protected] 21 points 2 months ago (9 children)
  1. OP can turn them inside out themselves when they take the shirts off and put them in the dirt clothes hamper.
  2. You don't change the settings for every individual article of clothing. You turn the knob or press the button once. This is not hard.
  3. Hanging stuff up is easier and faster than folding it. The actual drying part is slow though.
[–] [email protected] 6 points 2 months ago (3 children)
[–] [email protected] 8 points 2 months ago

Yeah, aren't you supposed to just dump your clothes into the clean hamper?

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[–] Son_of_dad 16 points 2 months ago (8 children)

I hate the way hanged shirts feel, so stiff and wrinkly

[–] [email protected] 24 points 2 months ago (1 children)

It's even worse when they were innocent

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[–] [email protected] 10 points 2 months ago (1 children)

This shirt is dry clean only. Which means... it's dirty.

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[–] Moghul 70 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago) (1 children)

I wash all my band shirts in a washing machine at 40C with only color detergent and no fabric softener. I hang dry the tshirts on hangers instead of folding them over the clothes line or using clothes pins. Absolutely no dryer outside of whatever the washing machine does.

It works pretty well. The real secret is to have about 30 of them so you don't wash them every week.

Edit: like another commenter said, wash your clothes inside out.

[–] [email protected] 22 points 2 months ago (2 children)

If you didn't sweat much in them/ they aren't that dirty then 30° also does the job.

[–] [email protected] 17 points 2 months ago

Honestly, even I was even my gym clothes on cold, and it works just fine. The hotter settings are more for stain removal.

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[–] TehBamski 38 points 2 months ago (1 children)

IIRC: To prevent this from happening or slowing down the occurrence, turn your shirt inside out before you put it in the washing machine and dryer. Set both to the lowest or second lowest temperature for both machines. Works well for me. But as others have said, air drying is the best way to treat them. Me on the other hand...

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[–] [email protected] 33 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago) (3 children)

For clothes I have 2 rules: 1) If the zipper is not made by YKK, fuck it I don't need that article 2) I never buy cheap screen printed fabric t shirts. DTG on cotton all the way.

[–] wafflez 6 points 2 months ago (2 children)
[–] [email protected] 11 points 2 months ago (2 children)

Apparently, "Direct-to-Garment". It seems to bond better with the cloth fibers.

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[–] [email protected] 6 points 2 months ago (2 children)

Destiny the Game. SIVA SIVA SIVA see you in the crucible lil titan slugger Boi

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[–] dingus 31 points 2 months ago (1 children)

I've had a couple of t shirts through the years where the fabric itself seems to have been dyed into an image instead of just being screen printed on. I get it obviously must be more expensive, but it holds up amazingly and I wish more places out there did this.

[–] [email protected] 12 points 2 months ago (1 children)

I once bought some cheap-ass knockoff merch shirt that was printed like that. And shit cost, like, five bucks.

(In retrospect, I'm not proud of buying products of likely slave labor, but what's done is done.)

[–] [email protected] 13 points 2 months ago (5 children)

There is slave labor at aome point in pretty much every product you use. The cotton used for your shirt, the cocoa in your chocolate bar, the strawberry you had in your salad today, all likely had forced labor to some degree. Even the cartoon you watched last night might have been animated bu some korean child.

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[–] Doof 23 points 2 months ago (14 children)

Air dry your graphic tees people!

[–] [email protected] 14 points 2 months ago (2 children)
  1. wash in cold water only
  2. wash inside out
  3. air dry

No cracks, no fading. You're welcome

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[–] [email protected] 21 points 2 months ago

This happened to me with a shirt I got for pride almost a year in advance that said "GAY TRASH" and when I went to wear it all it said was "G AS"

I still think about that to this day

[–] [email protected] 19 points 2 months ago (4 children)

Washing it wrong, check the label, some clothes require specific settings, or need to be inside out

[–] Evotech 54 points 2 months ago (5 children)

Survival of the fittest

I don't want weak clothes

[–] Agent641 10 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

Shirt: "warm hand wash please!"

Me, yeeting it into the spin cycle at 60 degrees:

[–] chetradley 6 points 2 months ago

My jeans must have good genes.

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[–] thermal_shock 7 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

almost all of those cheap iron on thick ass layered prints do this. they grate your skin then dissolve off the shirt. I've taught my 9 year old how to pick out good graphic tees, no shitty iron on mass produced trash.

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[–] [email protected] 15 points 2 months ago (2 children)

And that "tagless label" is gone after the first wash too.

Doing their best to kill the used clothing market.

[–] UnderpantsWeevil 19 points 2 months ago (1 children)

The used clothing market hinges on an annoying piece of extra fabric that stabs me in the back of the neck?

[–] [email protected] 7 points 2 months ago

Oh yeah, good shirts are practically the same as vampires or weird rich people.
They need a constant supply of blood to keep up it's appearance.

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[–] Downcount 10 points 2 months ago (2 children)

If they look like this after a week, they are not your best t-shirts.

Also: you can actually feel, if the paint is going to look like this after some time.

[–] fishpen0 12 points 2 months ago (3 children)

Yep this is the cheapest printing method that basically stamps hot plastic into the shirt fabric. Any self respecting brand these days pays the .30 more per shirt to have them screen printed instead of vinyl or DTG printed

I swear live nation and Ticketmaster are in cahoots to keep shitty vinyl press shops in business

[–] [email protected] 6 points 2 months ago

I swear live nation and Ticketmaster are in cahoots to keep shitty vinyl press shops in business

Shitty quality means they wear out and need replacing faster.

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[–] FlickeringScreens 8 points 2 months ago

Me, who always buys plain shirts...

[–] [email protected] 8 points 2 months ago (1 children)

You should check out Dan Flashes if you want some really amazing and complicated patterns.

[–] konalt 8 points 2 months ago (1 children)

Dan Flashes got a new shirt in today that's $450.

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[–] RightHandOfIkaros 7 points 2 months ago

Don't put them in the dryer and they last longer. Air dry is the best way to preserve these kind of designs.

[–] Dkarma 6 points 2 months ago (1 children)

Low dryer heat solves this

[–] [email protected] 7 points 2 months ago

Honestly just wear it wet

No but seriously hang drying will help. Also not buying screen printed tees

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