There was a time in my life where I wore only thrift store vintage t-shirts. You know the ones. They are perfectly, buttery soft and usually have something clever or ironic printed on them. Even though I’ve since expanded my wardrobe to include non-previously used clothing, I still love a perfectly aged t-shirt.
Did you know there are such things as professional vintage t-shirt resellers? I’m actually friends with one, and I’m very lucky that she often sends me awesome soft, vintage tees. I swear that they don’t make ’em like they used to. It’s so rare these days that new shirts age perfectly.
I recently saw this pin on pinterest describing how to make your T-shirts feel vintage soft and it peaked my interest. I have tons of t-shirts that I wish were just a bit softer and I recently purchased two new t-shirts, I thought it was time for a little Mr. Wizard action in my laundry room (garage).
I opted to keep one of the new t-shirts as is for my control group, and brine the other one in the salt water solution suggested by the pin for 3 days. So official!
My results are outlined below
The brined shirt feels pretty soft. I didn’t find it to be very stiff or itchy to begin with. It’s noticeably softer than the control group, but nowhere near as soft as my two oldest, most loved, vintage tees. I’m curious as to how this experiment would work on a new, super stiff, baseball or concert tshirt.
I’m interested to hear if anyone else has tried this or had success with it. I’m also actually curious to know how many successes and failures pinterest has spawned since it became so wildly popular. What have you tried from pinterest that you’ve loved or you’ve hated?