Organic cotton tee shirts are durable, but if you treat them like regular clothes, they won't work as well. When washing organic cotton clothing, consider using fewer chemicals and energy and more natural cleaning methods. Organic cotton clothing needs to be handled and washed with care, and not chemically treated with the toxic ingredients in laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and stain removers. But that doesn't necessarily mean washing organic clothing is more difficult or inconvenient.
Organic cotton tee shirts are recommended to be hand washed or machine washed in cold water. If using a washing machine, be sure to choose a delicate or gentle wash cycle (similar to hand washing for delicate items). Washing in cold water isn't just good for your clothes, it's also good for the planet and your electricity bill.
1. Washing Soda: Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is a compound similar to baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). While both washing soda and baking soda are chemicals, they are not toxic and can be found in nature. Their purpose in laundry is to act as a degreaser and odor neutralizer. You can only use baking soda or washing soda for organic cotton tee shirts with good results. Just add a cup of baking soda or washing soda to a regular-sized load.
2. Vinegar: Vinegar is an excellent eco-friendly alternative to cleaners and bleach. You can put 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar in the detergent drawer of your washing machine, and the vinegar will help you degrease your organic cotton tee shirts and make your white clothes shine. Make sure you don't pour the vinegar directly on the clothes, a little vinegar is fine for stains, but soaking clothes in plain vinegar may be a little too abrasive for them. Vinegar is acidic and needs to be diluted so it can clean your clothes without damaging them.
3. Natural Soap: Generally, you can use any type of soap on an organic cotton tee, just like you would use soda on your body, but some body washes contain extra oils to help keep your skin moisturized, which is sometimes accumulates on clothing. The best soaps to use are coconut oils, as they cause the least buildup, and washing soda also helps prevent buildup.
4. Fragrance: For fresh-smelling organic cotton tee shirts, you can add a drop or two of any essential oil to your laundry detergent, such as lemon, lavender, etc.