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4 FAQ About Caring for Flannel Shirts

4 FAQ About Caring for Flannel Shirts

Flannel shirts are a staple of American clothing, with deep roots in the blue-collar working class. Over the years, they’ve remained popular for their versatility—worn just as often in casual settings as they are on worksites. Since the shirts are made with cotton, they need to be cared for differently to retain their comfort and resilience. Learning how to maintain them properly will ensure they remain part of your long-term wardrobe. 

Are flannel shirts machine-washable?  

Most flannel shirts can be machine washed, depending on the blend used to manufacture them. Check with your American clothing retailer or consult the shirt’s tag, which will have washing instructions. While the shirts may be machine-washable, they still need a special process to ensure the colors remain vibrant and the materials remain soft and comfortable over time. 

How do you wash flannel shirts? 

Most clothes are washed in a heavy cycle of hot water. Unfortunately, the full cycle pulls on the flannel’s threading, loosening fibers and causing pilling. The hot water exacerbates pilling and can also fade color over time. Instead, use a gentle cycle with cool or warm water to maintain the flannel shirt’s resilience and soft texture.

 However, there is a distinctive and ruggedly American charm to faded clothes. Crosscut flannel shirts provide the distressed look of well-worn clothes without the itchy stiffness older clothing often has. The flannels come with a lifetime guarantee, ensuring that despite how they may look, they’re more than ready to go the distance with you. 

Can you use a fabric softener on flannel shirts?  

You can prevent flannel shirts from stiffening and shrinking by washing them without a fabric softener. While a softener can remove soap residue, it creates a film that attaches to the shirt’s fibers. Over time, the film causes the fabric to stiffen. During the rinse cycle, add between a half cup and a full cup of vinegar to the wash. It will remove the soap residue without impacting the flannel.

 While fabric softeners are damaging to flannel shirts, you can still maintain the soft, comfortable fabric in the long term. Gentle detergents that don’t have abrasives, like chlorine, phosphates, and enzymes, effectively clean the material without stiffening it. 

How do you dry flannel shirts? 

Flannel shirts are made primarily or entirely of cotton. Like all cotton shirts, high levels of heat will cause shrinkage, even during the drying process. However, there are fast and straightforward drying options. A dryer can still be used, provided it’s set on low heat. Stay by the dryer to remove the shirt as soon as the cycle ends, which will prevent wrinkles from forming.

 Cotton can also be air-dried. Once the shirt’s out of the washer, wring the water out of the shirt by squeezing it rather than stretching it. This will dry the flannel quickly without altering its shape.

 

 

Our modern flannel manufacturing process enhances the resilience and comfort of this classic piece of rugged American clothing. Call us at (904) 619-0577 to learn more about our free shipping options.

3 Essential Skills for Waterfowlers

3 Essential Skills for Waterfowlers

One of the most exciting aspects of waterfowl hunting is that it's a skill that can be constantly developed. All hunters change strategies, equipment, and outerwear depending on their prey and location. Using the foundational skills as a jumping-off point, you can increase your proficiency and adapt to new situations as the season unfolds.

How Can Waterfowlers Improve Their Game?

1. Increase Weapon Discipline

Shotgun proficiency will have a different definition for a new hunter than an experienced one. Individuals new to the sport should learn basic firearm handling and take hunting safety classes. Instructors will also help match you with a weapon that's comfortable based on your specific needs.

If you're an experienced waterfowler, safety is likely second nature to you by now. Instead, focus on your form with off-season practicing. Skeet shooting sessions will keep your reflexes sharp and improve your aim against fast geese and ducks.

  

2. Enhance Concealment & Comfort

Waterfowl hunting is an exercise in preparation and patience. The animals have strong instincts and reflexes to protect them from predators. If they detect foreign patterns in their environment, they'll escape to a safe distance. Scout the area you're hunting on beforehand and find matching camouflage outerwear and accessories to remain concealed on the hunt. Once at the location, use branches, and other native landscape elements to remain undetected.

 Hunting outerwear also matters beyond concealment. A proper jacket will provide protection from the elements without causing you to sweat, which can interfere with your aim. It also must be roomy enough for spare gear but well-fit for easy movement over difficult terrain. Newer field jackets offer a balance between utility and comfort so that your outerwear can help improve your performance. Additionally, these jackets have a detachable hood and an interior zipper to add lining if the temperature dips.

 Two hunters with their dogs standing in shallow water area

 3. Practice Your Calls

 Research the types of waterfowl common to the hunting ground and practice their specific vocalizations. A feeding chuckle can lure them to the spread, while a hail call can garner the attention of high-flyers.

New hunters can also benefit from learning the five-note greeting call. It's the most widely used vocalization because it's easily understood and adaptable to different situations. Depending on the tone and duration, the different messages can lure the fowl into your sights.

 

 

When you've stocked up on the gear and outerwear from our website, you'll need to find the proper hunting grounds. In the next several weeks, the Over Under Clothing team will participate in a duck hunt hosted by Straight Lake Lodge in Northeast Arkansas. With top-quality equipment, 5-star accommodations, and the lodge's beautiful, untouched land, you'll experience duck hunting season the way it's meant to be enjoyed.

 

How Can I Protect My Dog While Hunting?

How Can I Protect My Dog While Hunting?

Hunting is a quiet sport, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lonely one. Many hunters bring their dogs along not only for their acute senses but also for their loyal companionship. While remaining unseen on the trail can help you bag your prey, a lack of visibility might place your pet at risk from other hunters. However, with the proper dog collars, leashes, and strategies, they will remain safe, and you can focus on the hunt.

 

1. Schedule Midday Hunts

Wildlife will move around from dawn to dusk. By scheduling midday hunts, you can take advantage of the extra visibility and remain safe around other hunters. If the hunt should continue during sunset, the fluorescent and blaze orange apparel will help you and your dog remain visible to other people. 

 

2. Use Visibility Gear

Gearing up is part of every hunting trip. Dressing with prominent, fluorescent colors will help you and your pet remain visible to other people on the trail. While some hunters worry that the bright colors will alert wildlife, many animals have limited vision. White-tail deer have difficulty distinguishing between shades and can’t process colors like blaze orange, which is often used in hunting.

 Upland hunters also benefit from wearing fluorescent colors. Hunting with your dog usually means you’ll use an ambush strategy to flush birds out of the brush rather than luring them near. If you’re planning on that approach, the bright colors won’t negatively impact the hunt. 

Increase your dog’s visibility by investing in bright, sturdy dog collars and leashes. They afford pets the same increased protection as a human being’s fluorescent gear. The collars and leashes are also waterproof and made to withstand changes in weather or temperature. Your dog will be safe and comfortable while also complying with state laws.   

Dark brown dog sitting while on a bright orange leash and matching waterproof collar 

3. Keep Them Leashed

Experienced hunting dogs are less likely to wander off chasing scents or wildlife, but there are no guarantees. While a reliable recall can bring them to heel, there’s still a chance that they might fall into another hunter’s trap. Keeping them on a leash will prevent them from taking off while also increasing their visibility with a bright tether.

Additionally, it’s best to keep them leashed while they’re out exercising during hunting season. Portions of nearby rural or even public land can be used as legal hunting grounds depending on area wildlife populations. Reach out to your local wildlife services for more information.

 

4. Make Yourself Known

It’s common to encounter other hunters while out on the trail. While you may want to continue on your way quietly, it’s best to alert the other hunters to your presence. Whistling or having your dog bark will help differentiate you from the prey. It will gain the hunter’s attention and help prevent accidents from occurring.

 

Our reliable dog collars and accessories will help keep your pet visible and comfortable throughout the hunting season. For more information on our products and free shipping eligibility, call us at (904) 619-0577.