Here’s How to Unshrink Your Clothes

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If you know what it’s like to pull a garment out of the dryer only to realize that it can now fit your dog instead of you, you probably want to know if there’s anything you can do to unshrink it. There are some tricks and we’re sharing them with you today, although it’s not guaranteed they will work every time.

Before it even happens, know that you should be extra careful with fabrics like cotton and wool. Garments with loose construction are more likely to shrink. Don’t be surprised if your favorite knitted sweater becomes much smaller after drying because it has enough empty room to go more compact.

If an accident happens, what can you do? You can try stretching it out by washing it with mild soap, gently rinsing and leaving to air-dry. For t-shirts and other cotton items, try this method:

  • Fill a basin with warm water and add 3 tablespoons of hair conditioner.
  • Soak the shirt for five minutes.
  • Rinse and stretch it out on a flat surface.
  • Use heavy objects to keep it stretched until it dries.