Most people hate when their clothes shrink. Oftentimes when this happens it can ruin the look of the clothes and if you decide to wear it you have to pull it down to your waist over and over again especially if it’s a shirt or blouse. But don’t worry because in this article I will show you how to unshrink your clothes using some simple methods.
What causes clothes to shrink
Most clothes usually shrink when we wash them. Especially if we wash them in warm water. However, this does not mean that if you wash your clothes in cold water they won’t shrink. Most clothes are made out of different types of fabric and often times when that fabric comes in contact with water they usually relax and when this happens the yarns retract and shrink.
How to unshrink your clothes
When unshrinking your clothes you have to think about the different types of fabric you are dealing with. Some clothes that are made out of cotton will most likely be easier to unshrink than clothes made out of wool. However, unshrinking them still uses the same method it just depends on how long you do it.
Unshrinking regular clothes
If you are confessed by what I mean by “regular clothes” I’m mostly talking about clothes made out of cotton, such as shirts, blouses, underwear, etc.
To unshrink these clothes just do the following:
- Get a large container of cold water filled halfway up ( a large bucket )
- Add 3-4 tablespoons of conditioner (add more depending on the amount of water)
- Now place the clothes into the bucket of water.
- Use your hands and stretch the clothes by gently pulling on each end. Do this for 1 minute.
- Now let the clothes soak in the bucket of water for 45 minutes. After this, the fibers should be loose enough to make the shrinkage go away.
- Rinse the clothes with fresh water and hang them to dry.
Unshrinking clothes made out of animal fabric
Clothes made out of animal fibers such as wool require a slightly different process to get them to unshrink.
To unshrink clothes made out of animal fibers, just do the following:
- Get a bucket and fill it up with lukewarm water
- Add 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of borax, and 4 tablespoons of conditioner. If you don’t have conditioner you can use baby shampoo instead.
- Place the clothes inside the bucket and gently stretch them for around 1-2 minutes.
- After stretching them let them soak for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes stretch them with your hands again.
- Now rinse and let them air dry
After following all these steps your clothes whether they are made out of cotton, wool, etc, should be able to fit you better now.