There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned vintage T-shirt that’s been worn a million times. There’s just something about the faded dull color that creates a soft and comfortable look on everyone. While vintage T-shirts are an essential piece of every wardrobe there still comes a time when they need to be tossed into the trash.
We at Wordans understand how a T-shirt can be more then just physically comfortable or visually pleasing. We know what it feels like to wake up and put on your favourite T-shirt (even though it has a rip or a stain on it). We know what it’s like to wear your old T-shirt around the house but then “forget” to change it when it’s time to go somewhere. And we too have pretended that our T-shirts got caught in our zippers and created a hole right before arriving to a restaurant, or that we spilt our coffee “literally one second ago”.
It’s ok to wear your vintage T-shirt “one last time” but just make sure that you don’t make a habit out of it. If you are having a hard time saying goodbye to your favourite vintage or printed T-shirt that clearly is no longer wearable, then try this:
1- Wear your T-shirt one last time.
2- Wash your T-shirt, fold it, and put it back in your closet.
3- Shop around for a new high quality T-shirt like an organic cotton one, a Gildan one, or one from American Apparel – just make sure it’s ether very special or customized.
4- Take it in your closet, rip off the tag, and put on your new Tee.
5- Immediately through your old T-shirt into the trash.
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Have you ever wondered how to get that comfy used t-shirt feel without having to wear it day-in and day-out for years? Wordans has found a great solution for you – brine your shirt.
Yes it may sound a little odd at first since brining is usually something done to food and not clothing. Although, trust us it really works and you’ll be amazed once you try it that you may end up doing it to all your t-shirts.
Through the brining process, the fibers in your new t-shirt will become less itchy, stiff and starchy and will take on a super comfortable vintage soft feel.
If you are worried that the colours will bleed into each other ruining your t-shirt, worry not as the process does not affect the printed ink on the shirt.
Here is what you’ll need to brine your t-shirt:
- 1 Plastic tub (something comparable to fit the liquid)
- 1 Large pot to boil ingredients
- 4 cups of water
- ½ cup of salt
- ½ cup of baking soda (if in mass quantity up to a 1 full cup only needed)
Start by combining salt, baking soda and water into the large pot. Bring to a boil. Allow simmering for about 3-5 minutes. Turn off heat. Allow the liquid to cool completely before transferring it to the large container.
Flip your t- shirts inside out, and layer them into the brine. Allow them to brine for a minimum of 5 days (longer if you want them softer) stirring them once a day. This step will require some high levels patience since you most likely itching with excitement to show off your newly altered threads to your friends.
After the brining period, wring out your t-shirts and rinse them with warm water in the sink. Wash them as usual, and dry on high heat.
Now you can enjoy your brand new, vintage soft t-shirt… You may never want to take it off again!
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