1. Sort: Separate the socks from other types of laundry and colors. Keep similar colors together to avoid color bleeding.

  2. Pre-Treatment: If there are stains on the socks, treat them with a stain remover or a gentle detergent.

  3. Machine Wash:

    • Use a gentle or delicate cycle to avoid unnecessary wear.
    • Use cold or warm water (avoid hot water as it may cause shrinking).
    • Add a small amount of mild detergent. Avoid using bleach, which can damage the cotton and cause colors to fade.
  4. Hand Wash: If you prefer, you can wash the socks by hand using cold or warm water and a mild detergent. Gently rub the socks to clean them, then rinse thoroughly.

  5. Rinse: Ensure all detergent is rinsed out to avoid skin irritation and detergent residue on the socks.

  6. Drying:

    • Air Dry: Hang the socks on a drying rack or clothesline to dry naturally. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can fade colors.
    • Machine Dry: If using a dryer, choose a low heat setting to prevent shrinking and preserve elasticity.
  7. Storage: Store the socks in a cool, dry place. Folding them properly can help maintain their shape.

By following these instructions, you can keep your cotton socks clean and comfortable for a long time.