How to Wash a Football Jersey

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Baking soda
  • Delicate washing powder
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