Why wait? Brine it![Also known as: I had a great post here, lost it after publishing it, and am currently sulking bc I'm mad that I have to do it over again.]
While looking up how to make clothes softer, quickly – I came across this post over at Octane. Astoundingly enough, I convinced myself that waiting three whole days wasn’t going to kill me, and I decided to test this method out by throwing in two garments:
1. Starchy thrift shop cardigan that I want to make smaller, but couldn’t get past how stiff it felt on.
2. Linen shirt that I planned to dye and refashion.
The linen shirt was more curiosity experiment than anything else, but that’s how most of my DIYS start off anyway [take the beige Chanel-inspired dry clean only jacket that I plan on dyeing black soon, for example].
After waiting three whole days (!) I have this to report:
1. Cotton cardigan is FAR softer than before, she and I will get acquainted after I take the shoulder & sides in a bit.
2. Linen shirt was not ruined – in fact, it did soften up some – which makes me happy (and almost makes me want to put it through three more salt washes to see if the fabric lets up a little more).
On the next batch…
- I’m going to throw the shirts in the gentle wash cycle with fabric softener, in place of detergent. I figure it can’t hurt, right? (or wrong, we’ll see how it pans out?)