Cotton is a wonderful, soft, easy care fabric that is great for clothing such as pajama pants and lounge pants. It's a durable material that is easy to wash and dry. When caring for your cotton clothing and for all clothing in general, the best thing to do is to follow the instructions that the manufacturer provides in the garment tag. However, if the tag has been removed or is now unreadable, here are some general guidelines for caring for cotton clothing (please also use your own common sense, though, as I am not responsible for any mishaps that occurs when caring for your clothing) .
Cotton is a very easy fabric to dye. Therefore, the first thing you want to do is make sure you separate the colored clothing from the white clothing. It's easy to think that you can get away with washing them together if the colored clothing has been washed enough times that the colors no longer run. However, washing whites with colors has a tendency to make the white clothing dingy. To keep your whites looking bright and new, make sure to wash them in a load of their own. If you wash your pajama pants or lounge pants in a washing machine, set the water temperature to warm.
If the cotton garment has been preshrunk, then it is safe to dry in the dryer. However, if the garment has not been preshrunk, then you run the risk of it shrinking to the point of not fitting properly. If you're not sure whether or not your pajama pants have been preshrunk, it's best to assume that they have not been. You do not want to find that your favorite pants, still warm from the dryer, are now too tight or that the bottom hems now come up to mid-calf.
If you can machine dry your pajama pants, then tumble dry on the low setting. If you're not sure and do not want to risk shrinking, then hang them out on a clothesline. If you do not have a clothesline, you can also hang them over a shower curtain rod or lay them on a drying rack.
Cotton wrinkles easily, so remove the garment from the dryer as soon as possible after drying. If you forget and leave them in the dryer to the point of wrinkling, do not worry. An iron will take care of the wrinkles quickly and easily. Your iron should have a cotton setting – if you have a steam iron, it will be one of the steam settings. If you do not have a steam iron, then take a spray bottle of water and mist the garment so it is damp before ironing.