How to wash a flannel shirt?

When it comes to getting ready for the cozy season, flannel is one of the things that immediately come to mind. As essential as good beer by the fire, flannel shirts are synonymous with comfortable cold-weather vibes.

It’s no mystery, then, why we love to wear our flannel shirts when the weather turns cool and then cooler. These tops are an absolute must-have for both fall and winter, from crisp fall days at the pumpkin patch or as a layer on the coldest of winter days. After all, what’s not to love about this timeless material? 

Flannel’s super soft all-cotton fabric keeps you warm and cozy while its absorbent quality wicks away moisture, making this the perfect option for a snowball fight or another run down the local sledding hill. And the best part? How to care for flannel shirts is no mystery either, meaning you can wear these on repeat season after season.

Read on for a few simple tips and trips that’ll ensure you keep your flannel shirts soft and functional wear after wear and wash after wash.

Can You Wash Flannel Shirts in a Washing Machine?

The short answer here is that, yes, flannel shirts are usually machine-washable. That said, following a few golden rules about washing these tops in your washing machine is essential, as always double-checking the specific instructions listed on your shirt’s tag before putting them through the wash just to be safe.

For example, using the right temperature (more on this below!) is key, as is washing your flannel shirts on a gentle cycle or permanent press whenever possible.  This will help to keep your pieces looking vibrant and feeling soft wash after wash.

What Temperature Water Should You Use When Washing Flannel Shirts?

You should avoid washing your flannel shirts in hot water instead of a warm or cold setting on your washing machine. Just like opting for a permanent press or a gentle cycle, sticking to warm or cool water rather than hot water will ensure that your flannel remains bright and soft all fall or winter long. When thinking about the water temperature, you should also consider the detergent you’re using. 

Using a gentle detergent free of enzymes, phosphates, and chlorine can also help keep that soft flannel shirt feeling you love so much. Also, resist the urge to use a liquid fabric softener. These create a type of film on the fabric that clogs the fibers and cause them to stiffen over time. Instead, try adding a ½-1 cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle to help remove soap residue without damaging the flannel.

That is why the Volk pack uses only the best materials, vouching for the quality of its shirts with a trembling roar.

How Do You Keep Flannel Shirts Soft?

Nothing beats snuggling up to a soft flannel shirt in front of the fire on one of those harsh winter days. By following the instructions above, like using cool or warm water and a slower wash speed with a flannel-friendly detergent, the washing process will cause less friction on the fabric. 

This will make your flannel shirts less likely to pill by reducing any stress on the fabric. Following these instructions will also help prevent flannel from shrinking.

Can You Put Flannel Shirts in the Dryer?

If you’re working with flannel shirts that are made mostly of cotton, you’ll know that these are great for keeping you warm and cozy. But, as you know, this also means that these tops are susceptible to shrinkage at high heat.

If you’re going to dry your flannel shirt in the dryer, then it’s best to do so on low heat and remove it promptly at the end of a cycle to avoid wrinkles. However, if you choose to skip the dryer altogether, most flannel shirts can be air-dried quickly. Just squeeze out any excess water and lay flat to dry, being careful not to stretch the fabric, so it doesn’t lose its shape.

Can You Iron Volk Flannel shirts?

When ironing flannel, the most important first step is to read the care instructions and make sure the garment allows for ironing. The tag should also tell you what setting you should iron at and if steam can be used. Typically wool flannels require a wool setting, and cotton flannel is best ironed on the cotton setting. If you’re ever in doubt, start with a low heat setting and slowly increase as needed until the wrinkles are gone.

Once your iron is warmed up you have a couple of options. First, you could use a pressing cloth between the iron and the flannel shirt to prevent getting that shininess from ironing too long or too hot. Or you could simply turn the shirt inside out and iron on the wrong side, thus protecting that soft, raised finish on the front.

Spray a little moisture from the iron onto the fabric and move the iron slightly every second or two to keep the fabric from overheating. Wool flannel must be damp when ironed to avoid scorching, and all flannel shirts should be inspected after one or two passes to see if they have been ironed smooth. Basically, don’t get too lost in that new TV series you’re obsessed with when ironing flannel since this might cause you to risk overheating the fabric (yes, we’ve all been there!).

By following these easy care steps for your flannel shirts, you’ll be set to wear these essential tops on repeat. Layer your flannel under on a particularly harsh day, or as your top layer when the weather allows for it. With flannel shirts that look as good as they feel, you’ll be happy to have them looking and feeling great season after season.

If you’re working with flannel shirts that are made mostly of cotton, you’ll know that these are great for keeping you warm and cozy. But, as you know, this also means that these tops are susceptible to shrinkage at high heat.

If you’re going to dry your flannel shirt in the dryer, then it’s best to do so on low heat and remove it promptly at the end of a cycle to avoid wrinkles. However, if you choose to skip the dryer altogether, most flannel shirts can be air-dried quickly. Just squeeze out any excess water and lay flat to dry, being careful not to stretch the fabric, so it doesn’t lose its shape.

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      Chris
      Chris
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      Fantastic Shirt, quality fabric, very soft and comfortable. Colour scheme is unique and very stylish.
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      SUPER QUALITE COULEUR AU TOP 1.77CM POUR 69 KG TAILLE SMALL ME CONVIENT PARFAITEMENT LIVRAISON RAPIDE POUR LA FRANCE MERCI POUR LES STICKERS

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      CARLOS
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      SUPER QUALITE COULEUR AU TOP 1.77CM POUR 69 KG TAILLE SMALL ME CONVIENT PARFAITEMENT LIVRAISON RAPIDE POUR LA FRANCE MERCI POUR LES STICKERS

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      SUPER QUALITE COULEUR AU TOP 1.77CM POUR 69 KG TAILLE SMALL ME CONVIENT PARFAITEMENT LIVRAISON RAPIDE POUR LA FRANCE MERCI POUR LES STICKERS

      6 days ago
      Tilen
      Tilen
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      The sizes are a bit bigger than your standard S/M/L, but overall the quality is amazing. Would recommend, great shirt!

      6 days ago
      Metyo
      Metyo
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      This one is just great! Quality, fabric and color are awsome!

      1 week ago
      Eric
      Eric
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      5/5

      This is my 7th shirt and I must say that each time I am amazed by the quality !
      The color of this one is just gorgeous !!

      1 week ago
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      Stefano
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      Davvero uno spettacolo questa camicia. Molto presto ne comprerò un’altra. Bellissimo tessuto e veramente comoda!!! Grazie!!!

      1 week ago
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      Jesus
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      Better than in the photos, great color and good details in the finish of the shirt. Absolutely recommended.

      2 weeks ago
      Eric
      Eric
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      After a small error in size, changed very quickly by the volk team, my wife is delighted with this superb shirt !
      The pink color is perfect, not "candy pink"!

      3 weeks ago
      Eric
      Eric
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      Faithful to volk, the cut is perfect, the colors superb and the quality just exceptional !

      3 weeks ago
      Dan
      Dan
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      5/5

      This Shirt is BY FAR the best flannel shirt that I own!

      The attention to quality and detail is awesome.

      For whoever reads this: you simply cannot go wrong if you care for quality and style!

      The shirt is a comfortable fit and the colors are even better than in the pictures!

      4 weeks ago
      Marko
      Marko
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      5/5

      Nice material, great also on chilly autumn mornings. Snap on buttons are really great.

      1 month ago
      Aljaz
      Aljaz
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      5/5

      Cute Flannel mafia design.
      Very good fabric.

      2 months ago
      Fabian Riebeck
      Fabian Riebeck
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      5/5

      Perfect shirt, good quality

      3 months ago
      Guido Jamin
      Guido Jamin
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      Good stuff Good Shirt

      3 months ago
      Sven
      Sven
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      5/5

      Like the flannels very much. Good and high quality with nice applications. Will buy again.
      I am 185cm/100kg and use size XL

      4 months ago
      Thibaut
      Thibaut
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      First volk shirt for me !!
      Perfect fit..
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      1m78 / 71 kg.....size L..

      Thanks a lot..
      See you at PRH..

      5 months ago
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      Patrik
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      Top flannel

      5 months ago
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      Patrik
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      Top🤘🤘

      5 months ago
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      Dario
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      Perfect! Rated Good quality and great fit.

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      JURE
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      Bought it at discount price (really fucking good priče). Quality really amazing... Top... Recommend

      6 months ago
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      Jan Augener
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      Superb jacket. I am 1.93 m tall and have a weight of 95 kg. I bought the jacket in Xl. The size of L would have been better, but I thought Xl would better, fpr wearing a hoddie underneath. However the retoure would have cost me 15,99 €. Therefore I stick to the jacket. Next time I woll buy again in size L, like i did with the shirts

      7 months ago
      Domagoj
      Domagoj
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      Super fast shipping and awesome quality! The shirt looks and feels great. Was unsure about the fit but ended up getting the perfect size for me. Extremely happy with my purchase and will definitely be getting a couple more in the future. Great job guys, cheers!

      8 months ago
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      Lino
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      This shirts are on the spot. I'm loving it. Lose fit, great materials and looks totally badass. I will tottaly buy another one

      8 months ago
      Lino
      Lino
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      This shirts are on the spot. I'm loving it. Lose fit, great materials and looks totally badass.

      8 months ago
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      This limited PRH edition was my first Volk Shirt. Best quality ever and a perfect cut for tall and skinny punkrockers. I am 193 cm tall an L is a perfect fit. I have become a proud member of the pack...

      8 months ago
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      Jan Eduard Augener
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      This shirt is amazing. Beautiful colour and a unique name I am 193 cm tall and L is a perfect fit.
      The buttons are really cool.

      8 months ago
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      8 months ago
      Joao Mariano
      Joao Mariano
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      5/5

      Well designed jacket, comfortable, warm and light. I would suggest a hood for the raining days for the version 2.0 :).
      Regards

      8 months ago
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      5/5

      Great cut and good material. It was a present to my boyfriend who loves to wear it!

      8 months ago
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      Top notch quality and the attention to detail is simply brilliant!
      And it comes with some stickers as well :)

      8 months ago
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      amazing product

      8 months ago
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      5/5

      amazing product, the materials are excellent

      8 months ago
      Sebastian Becher
      Sebastian Becher
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      5/5

      Washed it already 4 times, still great shape, comfy and no sweating at all (I normaly prefer cotton)............waiting for some new colours and will order again - cheers guys!

      8 months ago
      Andrea
      Andrea
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      5/5

      Perfect and high quality

      8 months ago
      Marco
      Marco
      3/5

      Was a bit on the Bigger size and could easily fit a size smaller. But anyway it looks great and is perfect for spring weather.

      9 months ago
      Marco
      Marco
      5/5

      Nice Quallity and great Fit. Didn’t expect I would like it that much.

      9 months ago
      Hrki
      Hrki
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      4/5

      Shipping was fast and a return and exchange for smaller size was also fast. The material looks nice and craft is also quite good but the buttons were from the different model which I find as quite big mistake.

      9 months ago
      Andrea Costantini
      Andrea Costantini
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      5/5

      Amazing shirt made with very high quality materials and attention for the particulars.

      9 months ago
      Kevin
      Kevin
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      5/5

      Sturdy shirt made from great materials. A billion times better than any store bought shirt.

      9 months ago
      Kevin
      Kevin
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      5/5

      What a perfect jacket! Quality Materials, nice design and a lot of pockets make this jacket just perfect!

      9 months ago
      Aljaž
      Aljaž
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      5/5

      comfy and beautiful colored

      9 months ago
      Andrej Zorko
      Andrej Zorko
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      5/5

      Perfect. Fits perfectly. I have no bad word for it. Go and buy it. I allready have three :)

      9 months ago
      Dan
      Dan
      5/5

      I bought this shirt in Verona at the Motor Bike Expo (btw thanks for the beers, bro!) and I fell in love with it. I am using it every time I go out with my bike. I regretted not taking an extra one and now it's out of stock. Please let me know when it will be back in stock.

      9 months ago
      Daniel
      Daniel
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      5/5

      The shirt is awesome! The material feels great and the finish is high quality. The size is exactly as stated and it fits perfectly! Absolute recommendation!

      10 months ago
      Rok
      Rok
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      5/5

      Awesome jacket! Comfortable, warm, quality materials.
      Sizing is however a bit larger than most. I normally wear large and had to change it for medium.

      10 months ago
      Matteo
      Matteo
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      5/5

      This shirt is awesome! I'm totally in love of all the details in this item! And it's fit perfectly! I have tons and tons of flannel shirt, even from emblazoned brands, but no one of this fits that this shirt fits. Great job guys, keep doin' it!

      10 months ago
      Nico
      Nico
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      5/5

      Awesome style, really good quality and fits well. Packaging and presentation are on point. Stickers are always a good detail :)

      10 months ago
      Domenico Rondinone
      Domenico Rondinone
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      5/5

      High quality, look very cool, nice colors! All ok with the shipping.

      10 months ago
      Chris
      Chris
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      5/5

      Un confort exceptionnel, une qualité dans tous les détails et un look d’enfer !!

      10 months ago
      Nikola Peršić
      Nikola Peršić
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      5/5

      Odlična kvaliteta materijala i savršen kroj. Visok sam 190cm, 110kg. Veličina XL taman.
      Pohvale i za brzu isporuku. Naručio sam košulju 25.1. popodne i stigla je u hrvatsku 28.1. ujutro.
      Sve pohvale

      10 months ago
      Jürgen
      Jürgen
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      5/5

      Nice quality, fair prince!

      11 months ago
      Karli
      Karli
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      5/5

      Warm and comfortable.

      11 months ago
      Roman Vukina
      Roman Vukina
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      5/5

      Perfekt for me.

      11 months ago
      Roman Vukina
      Roman Vukina
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      5/5

      Perfect for me.

      11 months ago
      Fabian
      Fabian
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      5/5

      Looks great, perfect fit!! Love it!!

      11 months ago
      Urša
      Urša
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      5/5

      Really nice material, perfect fit, very well designed. You will like the gift box as well! The ultimate present for your brother, cousin, father, best friend ... and you!

      11 months ago
      Mateja Kržišnik
      Mateja Kržišnik
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      5/5

      My husband is happy ❤️

      11 months ago
      Zdravko Bocko
      Zdravko Bocko
      4/5

      Ok

      12 months ago
      Zan
      Zan
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      5/5

      Amazing quality and comfort. Also the package was insanely good.

      12 months ago
      LUMBERJACK
      LUMBERJACK
      3/5

      Hello,
      The Shirt fits very well. And the look is awesome.
      But the flannel is 80% Polyester 20% Rayon. Why?
      I have a lot of 100% Cotton flannel shirts and the quality is perfect.
      The world is full of plastic let's Stop making things out of plastic if there is a better way.
      Wish you guys all the best for your brand and I like the way you do but I don't like the Material.

      12 months ago
      Katja
      Katja
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      5/5

      True to size, super comfortable and made from the best material!

      12 months ago
      Mihael
      Mihael
      5/5

      Really good quality, nice service!

      12 months ago
      Jarno
      Jarno
      5/5

      Top šit shirts! Perfect fit, and the material feels really good. I think these shirts will last me a while.

      12 months ago
      Matej
      Matej
      5/5

      Great material! Great fit.
      I have suggestion for another flannel model - BREWER - color combination could be: gold/yellow-beer, green (hops), white (foam). I volunteer for model :)

      12 months ago
      Skrec
      Skrec
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      5/5

      Great shirt! I have 3XL becasue I am f*cking big and most of shirts are short for me but Volk it fits me.

      12 months ago
      ilTromba
      ilTromba
      Verified ownerVerified owner
      5/5

      Supercool! Excellent fit and material, love the pattern, looks like it will last quite a long ride!

      1 year ago
      Jonathan Gold
      Jonathan Gold
      5/5

      Amazing shirt. Great quality. Will buy more!

      1 year ago
      Stefan
      Stefan
      Verified ownerVerified owner
      5/5

      Great material.
      And fucking great team behind this brand.

      1 year ago
      Joao Mariano
      Joao Mariano
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      5/5

      Hi Guys,

      First of all, I am big fan of punk/hardcore music and i have already attended Punk Rock Holiday for 2x.

      Regarding your Fannel Shirts, have bought the brown and the punk rock holiday version. I am really happy with the quality, design and price. Plan to buy the blue and red hoping 25% discount will be available once again :=)

      Keep the hard work guys...

      Best Regards
      Mariano

      1 year ago
      Bartol
      Bartol
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      5/5

      Amazing material, colors and overall quality. I bought this and the Pack Leader and I am extremely impressed!

      1 year ago
      Michael
      Michael
      5/5

      Best flannel shirt ever! Absolutely love it!

      1 year ago
      Olek Burek
      Olek Burek
      5/5

      Epic Quality! Can't wait to get mine.

      1 year ago
      Matevz
      Matevz
      5/5

      Quality is amazing!

      1 year ago
      Matevz
      Matevz
      5/5

      Great shirt!

      1 year ago
      Matevz
      Matevz
      Verified ownerVerified owner
      5/5

      Amazing shirts, great quality!

      1 year ago