Favorite T-shirt? To get the longest life from a special tee, wash it in cold water with similar colors on a gentle cycle. Lay it flat to dry as you would a sweater. Throwing a t-shirt into a hot dryer will cause fading, pilling and can make sleeves twist and stretch out of shape. If there’s beading or other bling on the shirt, turn it inside out and machine wash in a mesh laundry bag, then air-dry.