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Shorts Washing Guide: Best Practices for Machine and Hand Washing

Shorts Washing Guide: Best Practices for Machine and Hand Washing

Your clothes tell a story about you. They show your style, who you are, and the pride you have in your heritage. Here at Melaninful, we want to help you show your Black Pride through our clothing, especially our comfy shorts made from 95% polyester and 5% spandex.

But after you've own a comfy shorts, …how do you keep your shorts looking and feeling as fabulous as they did on Day 1?

We've put together an easy-to-follow guide to keep your shorts looking fresh and feeling soft, so they're ready to rock, any day you choose. From washing machine steps to hand-wash tips, we'll break it down in a way that's simple and fun to follow. 👇🏾

1. How to Wash Polyester-Spandex Shorts in the Washing Machine Steps

In the world of laundry, not all clothes are created equal, and your Melaninful shorts deserve the best care. Here's how to make sure they get the love they need in the washing machine:

Preparing Your Shorts for the Wash

  • Check the care label: This tiny tag on your shorts holds important washing instructions.
  • Empty the pockets: Ensure there are no items left in your shorts pockets to avoid unexpected surprises post-wash.
  • Sort your laundry: Group your clothes by similar colors before washing to preserve the vibrant hues of your Melaninful shorts.

By following these simple steps, you'll ensure your shorts are well-prepared for the washing process and maintain their vibrant look.

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Washing Your Polyester-Spandex Shorts

  • Set your machine to cool or warm: Too much heat can cause spandex to lose its stretch.

  • Choose a gentle cycle: This setting is kinder to your shorts and helps them retain their shape and color.

  • Use a mild detergent: Mild detergents are softer on your shorts and aid in maintaining their color vibrancy.

Post-Wash Care

  • Air dry your shorts: Avoid using harsh, hot dryers. Instead, hang your shorts up or lay them flat to dry naturally.

  • Ironing (if necessary): If you need to remove wrinkles, use a cool iron. But remember, always iron the inside of the shorts, never the outside, to keep them looking their best.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure your Melaninful shorts stay comfortable and look fabulous, wash after wash.

Sometimes, you might want to give your shorts a little extra love with a hand wash. Here's how to do it right

2.How to Hand Wash Polyester-Spandex Shorts

Set up your washing station

  • Find a clean sink or large bowl. Your kitchen sink could work perfectly for this.
  • Get cool water running, we don't want anything too warm for our polyester-spandex blend.
  • Grab your favorite mild detergent, something gentle will be just right.


Time for a gentle wash

  • Fill your sink/bowl with the cool water, adding just a splash of your mild detergent.
  • Let your shorts take a soak and then gently swish them around in the water. Think of it like they're having a little swim!
  • When they've had enough, rinse them with cold water. This helps get rid of any soap that's hanging about.


Drying and Storing, the easy way

  • After the rinse, give your shorts a soft squeeze. Like you're giving a firm handshake, not a wrestling grip!
  • Lay them out flat on a clean towel to dry. This way they'll keep their shape.
  • Find a cool, dry spot for them to rest when they're dry. Somewhere they can relax until it's time to shine again.

Follow these friendly tips, and your Melaninful shorts will keep looking vibrant and feeling comfy for a long, long time.

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You've done a fab job washing those shorts! But maybe you're still scratching your head over a few things. Don't worry - we've gathered some questions you might be pondering and laid out the answers here.

3. FAQs when Washing Polyester-Spandex Shorts

  • What kind of detergent is best for my Polyester-Spandex Shorts?

    Gentle is the way to go, friend! A mild detergent will be soft on your shorts and help maintain their vibrant color and stretchiness. Plus, it's easier on the environment, too – a double win!

  • Can I use bleach on my Polyester-Spandex Shorts?

    Hold up! Bleach is too harsh for your beautiful shorts. Stick with a mild detergent and your shorts will stay bright and cheerful, just like you.

  • How often should I wash my Polyester-Spandex Shorts?

    We suggest washing them after every 2-3 wears. But if you've had an active day and they're all sweaty or dirty, give them a good wash right away. Remember, your shorts love a good, clean, refreshing bath as much as you do!

  • Can I let my shorts soak in the detergent for a long time?

    While a quick soak can help with some stubborn stains, don't leave your shorts in too long. A 15-30 minute soak should be plenty! 
    Too much soaking time can cause the colors to fade, and we want your shorts to stay as vibrant as your spirit!

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