How to Wash Fleece Fabric

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Fleece fabric is commonly used for cold-weather clothing, like sweatshirts and jackets, although it is also used to create blankets, throws and sleeping bags. Fleece is typically constructed from 100 percent polyester, and according to, is a popular fabric choice for vegans or other people who avoid wool. Fleece is easy to wash and following a few simple steps will keep your fleece fabrics looking as good as new.


Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine

  • Laundry detergent designed for cold water

  • Dryer

Step 1

Check the tag on your fleece clothing to make sure there are no special instructions. Most fleece fabrics can be washed in the same way, but check the tag to make sure.

Step 2

Put your fleece in the washing machine with other similar colors; wash darks and lights separately.

Step 3

Set your washing machine to the cold setting and add the appropriate amount of laundry detergent. Use a detergent formulated for cold water to get your fleece fabric as clean as possible.


Step 4

Do not add bleach or fabric softeners to the washing machine.

Step 5

Set the washing machine to its normal cycle and remove the fleece when the cycle has ended.

Step 6

Air-dry your fleece or put it in the dryer on a low tumble setting. Fleece fabrics will dry very quickly, so air-drying should not take more than three or four hours. Do not dry your fleece on high heat in the dryer, as the heat can cause shrinkage.

Step 7

Do not iron your fleece. Fleece fabrics avoid wrinkles very well, and the high heat of an iron can damage the fabric.


Fleece fabrics can be hand-washed as well. Simply fill a sink or tub with cool water and a cold water detergent. Place the fleece into the tub and work the fabric together until the detergent is foamy and worked into the fabric. Rinse the fleece with cool water at least twice. Wring the fabric until it is only slightly damp and let it air-dry.