How do you soften up a new t-shirt to give it a vintage feel quickly?


I have tried the soaking in salt water and washing soda and also washing multiple times with salt and the washing soda. I really have not seen much change!

Any suggestions out there?

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  • Beth Beth on Aug 06, 2019

    Have you tried soaking it in tea or coffee?

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    • Beth Beth on Aug 06, 2019

      Ah, that would change the color to a more vintage-y look, but probably not change the softness. It can be hard to change the feel of a fabric, but try the dryer balls, like Kathy mentioned below--I bet that will help!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 06, 2019

    Soak in vinegar. Then wash a few times and add fabric softener then use wool balls in the dryer.

  • MaryAnn B MaryAnn B on Aug 08, 2019

    I would think that the fabric content may be to blame. Cotton gets soft but polyester doesn't.

    • Syd Syd on Aug 08, 2019

      There are 3 shirts I’m trying to soften. They are all 100% cotton

  • Pat Pat on Aug 08, 2019

    I use liquid softener when washing cotton t-shirts. I guess I am wondering what you mean by vintage? Old? Faded? Soft? If soft, use liquid softener and be sure to dry your t-shirts in the dryer until they are not put them in alone....just with other like fabrics/colors.

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