Cotton is a durable fabric that can tolerate machine washing and drying. Cotton items with decorations like sequins or screen-printing require a little special care however.
Machine wash (normal cycle) in cold or lukewarm water. Do not use hot water, as this will shrink the cotton.
Use regular detergent, with color safe bleach if desired.
Tumble dry low, then promptly remove items from the dryer to avoid wrinkling.
Remove wrinkles using a low iron. Restore the crispness of the fabric with spray starch.
Just like harsh shampoo can damage your hair, using strong detergent damages items made from cashmere, wool, yak fiber and alpaca. These items are dry clean only, however can be washed by hand with the following steps.
Fill a clean sink or bathtub with enough lukewarm water to cover the item.
Add a few drops of mild detergent or shampoo to the water and mix it with your hand.
Submerge the item in the water and gently pump the item in the water to move the soap or detergent through the fabric.
Lift the item out of the water and drain the tub or sink, then refill with lukewarm water. Put the item in the water.
Again, pump the item in the water to rinse. You may need to empty and refill the tub or sink with water 2 or 3 more times until the item is fully rinsed.
After rinsing, gently squeeze excess water out of the item. Never twist or wring the water out of the item to avoid stretching it.
To dry, lay the item flat on a clean towel.