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How to Wash Men's Dress Shirts

Keep your dress shirts looking sharp by using these simple tips.


  • Step 1: Read labels Read the care label on the shirt before washing.
  • TIP: Don't dry clean your shirts. Excessive dry cleaning will cause them to deteriorate.
  • Step 2: Separate Separate your shirts into white, colored, and dark piles.
  • Step 3: Treat stains Tackle stains by applying a stain remover or presoak shirts in a sink before loading them in the washer.
  • TIP: Check the collar -- that's where you will find most of the stains.
  • Step 4: Load machine Wash the shirts using a delicate or hand-wash setting with lukewarm water.
  • Step 5: Use hypoallergenic detergent Use hypoallergenic detergent without dyes or scents.
  • Step 6: Choose dryer setting Dry shirts on the delicate or permanent press setting to reduce wrinkling. Remove your shirts from the dryer while they are slightly damp.
  • Step 7: Iron shirt Iron the shirt, and then hang it on a wooden hanger.
  • FACT: Roughly 85 percent of dry-cleaner shops use perchloroethylene, a chemical which can be harmful after repeated, prolonged exposure.

You Will Need

  • Laundry baskets
  • Stain remover
  • Sink
  • Washing machine
  • Hypoallergenic detergent
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Wooden hangers

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