To keep your clothes looking their best, always check their tags for washing instructions. Usually these tags can be found in the neck or waist of the garment, or on the inside of one of the side seams.
Here are some general tips for washing different types of garments:
Machine wash in cold or warm water. Most cottons are preshrunk and can be tumble dried; however, check your tags because if a garment is not preshrunk, you will need to air dry it.
Some wool garments must be dry cleaned. Otherwise, hand wash or use the gentle cycle with cold or lukewarm water. Use only mild detergent or a specialty wool detergent. Reshape and dry flat or hang dry.
Some silk garments must be dry cleaned. Otherwise, hand wash in cold water with mild detergent. Air dry.
Some linen garments must be dry cleaned. Otherwise, hand wash or use the gentle cycle with cold water. Use mild detergent and air dry. Iron from the inside.
Most polyesters can be machine washed in warm water. Tumble dry on low heat and iron on low heat.
Denim can be machine washed in cold water. Turn jeans inside out before washing to preserve color. Tumble dry on low heat only or air dry.
Sweaters and Knits
Most sweaters and knits should be reshaped and dried flat after washing. Be cautious not to stretch your knits while they are wet as this could permanently misshape them.