It can be done. Â But these are cotton shirts, not silk shirts. Â Just use a washer and use the gentle cycle with cold water.
Thanks for your advice. We have washers here with a Cold wash option but without a gentle cycle setting. Is that all right? Also I suppose that using a dryer is a no-no?
I'm in the dorms too, and I use the sink (fortunately, I am in a 'suite' setup, so me and three other guys share one bathroom). It does the job when I really want to wear something that's dirty. I also like to hand-wash my really nice shirts. This is what I do: Use the sink stopper and fill the basin with luke warm water. Either add a small bit of regular detergent or wool-lite for extra-delicate care. Gently rub the shirt and use a tooth brush or small bristle brush to scrub the cuffs, armpits, and collar clean. Be sure to rinse well. I find this to be the biggest problem with hand washing vs. machine, as I can't seem to get all the soap out. If you leave some soap behind, it will turn brown when you iron (don't worry, this comes out next time). I'll throw my cheaper shirts in the drier, but I always drip-dry my nice shirts and my delicate shirts. If the shirt is a little big on you, it's fine to put it in the drier for a few minutes, then let it hang-dry for the rest of the time. I just hang them in the shower overnight. They end up a little more wrinkled than machine-washed and dried, but I think they will last longer. Oh, and never dry a 'stretch' shirt with added elastic in the drier.