How to Wash Cotton Clothes

Everyone owns at least one cotton tee, usually a whole wardrobe full. Keeping them clean and stain free is important. So read on to find out how to wash cotton clothes for the best results.

A person pretreating a denim jacket with Tide liquid laundry detergent and water
Tip 1

Pre-treat

Pre-treat any stains with Tide Ultra OXI High Efficiency Liquid and cold water. Place the required amount of Tide Ultra OXI High Efficiency Liquid (follow the dosage instructions on the pack) on the stains before you load the clothes in the washing machine.

  • Put your cotton fabrics in a small basin filled with cold water. After soaking the fabric for 15 to 30 minutes, gently rub the stain. Roll your shirts, pants or blouses in a large towel to remove the water or gently wring out the water from your clothes.

Tip 1

Pre-treat

Pre-treat any stains with Tide Ultra OXI High Efficiency Liquid and cold water. Place the required amount of Tide Ultra OXI High Efficiency Liquid (follow the dosage instructions on the pack) on the stains before you load the clothes in the washing machine.

  • Put your cotton fabrics in a small basin filled with cold water. After soaking the fabric for 15 to 30 minutes, gently rub the stain. Roll your shirts, pants or blouses in a large towel to remove the water or gently wring out the water from your clothes.

A person pouring Tide liquid detergent into a bowl of water
Tip 2

Soak

Machine-wash white and light-coloured cotton fabrics in warm or hot water. For white and light coloured clothes always use the Tide Plus Bleach Powder. If you would like extra scent you can use Tide Plus a Touch of Downy Liquid variants.

  • If you are concerned with bleeding, then choose Tide Coldwater HE Liquid Laundry Detergent to keep the colour of your clothes bright.

  • Extra tip: fill the washing machine with cold water and use a gentle washing cycle so you can protect the colours more.

Tip 2

Soak

Machine-wash white and light-coloured cotton fabrics in warm or hot water. For white and light coloured clothes always use the Tide Plus Bleach Powder. If you would like extra scent you can use Tide Plus a Touch of Downy Liquid variants.

  • If you are concerned with bleeding, then choose Tide Coldwater HE Liquid Laundry Detergent to keep the colour of your clothes bright.

  • Extra tip: fill the washing machine with cold water and use a gentle washing cycle so you can protect the colours more.

A person wringin out water from a white garment
Tip 3

Wring out

Rinse your cotton fabrics on a cool cycle. To avoid shrinkage, wash with minimal agitation. With Tide, this isn't a problem, as all Tide products offer great results even on a cold setting.

Tip 3

Wring out

Rinse your cotton fabrics on a cool cycle. To avoid shrinkage, wash with minimal agitation. With Tide, this isn't a problem, as all Tide products offer great results even on a cold setting.

Select the wash cycle and water temperature on your washing machine
Tip 4

Wash

Shake garments after removal from the machine to minimize wrinkles.

Tip 4

Wash

Shake garments after removal from the machine to minimize wrinkles.

Washing machine in operation
Tip 5

Rinse

Use a hot iron to remove wrinkles from your cotton items.

Tip 5

Rinse

Use a hot iron to remove wrinkles from your cotton items.

How to Wash Your 100% Cotton Blanket

  1. Open your blanket and place it in the washing machine. Use a large load size so the blanket can move freely in the water during the wash.

  2. Pour the required Tide laundry detergent (follow the dosage instructions on the pack) and use a cold water cycle, delicate wash setting.

  3. Remove the blanket as soon as the wash cycle finishing and either hang the blanket to dry, or place in the dryer with two dryer sheets on a tumble-dry setting.

Extra Tips for Cotton Garments

  • When it comes to bleach, avoid using more than the recommended amount with cotton, as it can damage the fibres of your favourites. If your garment has had a finish applied to it, then avoid using bleach altogether.

  • Because cotton items tend to wrinkle and shrink easily, they are usually combined with other fibres. Because of this mix, no cotton garment is created equal so check the fabric care instructions on the tags before washing.

  • Cotton is a durable, soft fiber, and most clothes today are made from it. Unfortunately, it does have one serious drawback: It tends to shrink when washed and dried.