It’s So Fluffy: 7 Tips to Help Keep Your Sweatshirt Soft (Even After Washing)

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We’ve all been there. You found a sweatshirt that is perfectly soft and fluffy. Everything about it feels absolutely amazing, and you just have to have it. But then after you buy it and wash it, it doesn’t feel anywhere near as nice as it did when it was on the rack. Or perhaps you’ve washed and worn it a few times and noticed that it has gradually started losing the softness that made you fall in love with it in the first place.

In either case, it’s never any fun when a much-loved sweatshirt loses its fluffiness. The good news? There are things that you can do to keep that from happening. While all fabrics change after repeated wearings and washings, properly caring for your fleece sweatshirts can minimize the wear and tear and extend their life. Keep reading to learn how to keep your favorite sweatshirt soft.

Use the Right Detergent

When you take a trip down the laundry aisle at your local store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are countless detergents to choose from. There are different brands, different formulas, different scents… The list goes on and on. Many people base the decision of what to use solely on price or fragrance, but that isn’t always the best option.

If you want to keep your favorite sweatshirt soft and extend its life, you need to use mild laundry detergent. You also need to be sure to use that detergent according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Remove Stains the Right Way

No matter how careful you are, stains are just a part of life. When you need to get stains out of your shirt, be sure to do so the right way. Most stain removal products are harsh and can actually damage the fabric while removing the stain. Instead of using harsh chemicals to clean your favorite sweatshirt, consider trying some natural stain-removal remedies. They’re much safer for your sweatshirt and many of them work even better than expensive stain removal products.

Don’t Use Fabric Softener

Using fabric softener is a great way to keep your sweatshirt soft, right? Unfortunately, no. Fabric softeners tend to build up on garments, and they can actually make them feel less soft. They can also damage certain properties in sweatshirt fabrics so they are best to avoid.

Turn Your Sweatshirt Inside Out Before Washing

Before you place your sweatshirt in the washing machine, turn it inside out. This helps protect the outside of the garment from damage that could occur during the wash cycle. When washing zip-up hoodies, be sure to zip them. This prevents the zipper from getting snagged in the wash. For pullover hoodies with drawstring hoods, you may want to consider tying the string. This will keep it from getting tangled or pulling out.

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Launder Sweatshirts with Similar Items

To keep sweatshirts in good condition, they should be laundered with similar items. They shouldn’t be washed with jeans or heavy jackets that could cause damage. You should also avoid washing your sweatshirts along with towels and other high-lint items. Fleece attracts lint, and when it builds up, it can create a scratchy, uncomfortable feeling. Be sure to wash your favorite sweatshirt with other garments that are similar in color, too, to avoid stains.

Run an Extra Rinse Cycle

Normally, we are all about conserving water. When it comes to keeping your favorite sweatshirt nice and soft though, an extra rinse cycle is a must. Running your sweats through an additional rinse cycle ensures that every trace of detergent has been removed. And ensuring that all of the detergent has been rinsed away is an important step when it comes to ensuring that your shirt stays soft.

Skip the Dryer

Throwing your sweatshirt in the dryer with a few dryer sheets probably seems like a great way to ensure that it stays nice and soft, but doing so can actually do more harm than good. Air drying is a much better option because it is gentler on the fleece fabric. It helps the fleece stay nice and soft without the use of chemicals like the ones found on dryer sheets.

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The Bottom Line

While it’s impossible to keep your favorite sweatshirt looking and feeling like new forever, there are things that you can do to keep it soft for several years. By washing and caring for it properly, you can preserve the fluffiness of your sweater and enjoy its toasty warmness for many winters to come.

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