Have you ever checked the dryer and gotten upset to see that your favorite sweater shrunk? Now it won’t fit you and you will have to get rid of it. Perhaps your partner or child accidentally left it in the dryer too long or you forgot that you had to let it air dry. Whatever the case is, don’t freak out just yet.
There is a simple solution to get your clothes looking and fitting normally again if they shrunk in the dryer. Take a deep breath and follow these instructions. You can use this on sweaters, and other clothing items like T-shirts and jeans.
Here’s What You Need To Do
First, fill a large sink with lukewarm water. Then put in a capful of baby or hair shampoo in the water. If you need to unshrink a wool sweater, you may want to use about 1/3 cup of Eucalan or Woolite. If you don’t have either in your home, just use more shampoo.
Put the sweater or another item of clothing in the mixture and let it soak for about 10 minutes. This will relax the clothing’s fibers. After about 10 minutes, drain the sink and then gently squeeze the sweater to remove excess water. Don’t rinse.
Move the sweater and put it on a towel on a flat surface, like a table or a bed. Put another towel on top of the sweater. Roll up the towel, with the sweater inside, to absorb more of the soapy water. The sweater should remain damp, but not soaking wet. After you feel all of the excess water has been removed, move it over and place the sweater on a dry towel or rack.
While it is placed on a dry towel, stretch the sweater while it is damp. This will stretch it out so it goes back to normal. Keep it flat until it dries. If it feels too soapy still to wear, wash it on a gentle cycle and let it air dry again.
Have you ever tried this hack to save your shrunken sweaters and other clothing items? Remember, if you accidentally shrink your clothes, don’t panic and throw them away or donate them. Simply follow these instructions and it will be good as new again.
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