Cotton is a durable fabric that does not require delicate handling to keep it looking its best. It can handle high temperatures and rough use, which is why it's a popular fabric for children's wear and sports clothing.
Cotton clothing can be washed in a regular washing machine using standard laundry soap. Most cotton clothing can be washed on the warm cycle. Bleach can be used on all-white cotton garments or household accessories such as curtains and tablecloths, but be sure to use only color-safe bleach on colored cotton items. If it is important to you that a cotton garment retains its color for as long as possible, always turn it inside-out before placing it in the washing machine, and hang it up to dry instead of using the clothes dryer. Treated with care, a cotton garment can last for decades.