What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Cotton?

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Cotton offers some advantages in that it’s inexpensive, absorbent, breathable and soft. It also has some disadvantages such as it is not wrinkle resistant, and it takes a long time to dry. The color fades in sunlight, and it is likely to stretch or shrink.

Cotton doesn’t stain easily. It is static-cling resistant, and it can withstand high temperatures. It comes in different weights, so it may be used for a wide variety of projects.

Cotton fabric may be washed in water at any temperature. The fabric may be tumble-dried, but it should be promptly folded or hung after drying to avoid wrinkling. It may be ironed at high temperatures.