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Cleaning shirts -- hand or machine

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by fatherseanfan, May 21, 2006.

  1. fatherseanfan

    fatherseanfan Senior member

    Apr 15, 2006
    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?
  2. j

    j Senior member Admin

    Feb 17, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    I don't think anyone has seriously advocated handwashing all of one's dress shirts. It would take forever. Alex Kabbaz posted a treatise on washing and ironing dress shirts and IIRC he suggests machine washing with Tide powdered detergent. I think most people who wash their own shirts do it by machine. I only hand-wash sweaters. Pretty much everything else that doesn't get dry-cleaned goes in the washer.

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