How to Soften a Canvas Shirt

by David Lipscomb

Canvas materials are commonly woven into heavyweight shirts. Although initially stiff feeling, this cotton weave is quite durable -- even more so when wet. However, in order to increase the comfort level of the garment, you'll probably want to soften it up a bit before placing it in regular rotation.

Items you will need

  • Washing machine
  • White vinegar
  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer balls
Step 1

Set your machine to cool water, and small load size.

Step 2

Add 1/2-cup of white vinegar to the machine. Toss your canvas-based shirt in the machine.

Step 3

Stop the machine while there's still water and vinegar mix in the tub. Allow the shirt to soak overnight.

Step 4

Re-start the machine, letting the water drain and rinsing out the old water.

Step 5

Re-wash the shirt, this time adding a 1/2-cup of fabric softener to the load. Allow the machine to complete its cycle.

Step 6

Toss the shirt in the dryer on medium heat with two or three dryer balls. The balls let you use a lower heat setting, while the impact of the balls increases the softening action.

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About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.