Do Cotton Shirts Shrink?
Does 100% cotton shrink? Most natural fabrics shrink to some degree for two reasons: fibre shrinkage – the natural response of plant fibres to heat – and fabric shrinkage, the consequence of tension applied to yarn and fabric during manufacture. This tension is released with the heat of washing and drying, causing the garment to shrink.
So, does cotton shrink when you wash it? In the first wash, unless you hand wash cold and air-dry, probably. However, if you’re concerned your cotton shirts will shrink, there are some simple ways of minimising the impact of washing and drying on the fabric.