In reading over the many debates that have occurred on this forum over the years about cleaning dress shirts, a clear concensus has always been arrived at that washing shirts at home is far superior to dry-cleaning. However, unless I missed something, there has never seemed to be agreement over whether shirts should be handwashed or done in the machine. Could someone settle this? Does hand-washing the shirts really make that big a difference -- ie. does it extend the life of the shirts that much longer?