How to Wash a Football Jersey

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How to Wash a Football Jersey
Wash football jerseys in cold water. (Darrin Klimek/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Authentic football jerseys require care and proper cleaning to prevent damage and deterioration. Since these jerseys are typically expensive, it's important to make them last. A hot-water cycle can shrink and deteriorate the fabric, and the wrong detergents can cause discolouration and other damage. But proper cleaning with a safe and mild cleaning solution will remove all dirt build-up and odour without causing damage.

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Things you need

  • Washing machine
  • Baking soda
  • Delicate washing powder

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  1. 1

    Turn on the washing machine with a gentle cycle and cold water setting.

  2. 2

    Use a delicate washing powder according to the manufacturer's recommendations. You can also add one cup of baking soda to deodorise the jersey.

  3. 3

    Turn the jersey inside out and place in the washing machine. Wash separately and let the wash cycle finish.

  4. 4

    Turn the jersey right side out and either hang or lay flat to dry. Using a dryer can damage embroidery and lettering or cause shrinkage.

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