Got a laundry emergency on your hands? If you need to know how to unshrink clothes then these tips on how to stretch clothes can help.
We all have our laundry day disasters, but few things inspire panic like seeing your best work shirt or your favorite pair of jeans come out of the machine in miniature. But don’t throw them out just yet – it’s easy to learn how to unshrink clothes.
What causes clothes to shrink?
Clothing shrinkage happens when heat from the dryer (or an accidental boil wash) changes the structure of the garment. Heat makes the threads expand and loosens the weave in the fabric, especially in a loosely-woven stretchy T-shirt. It’s annoying, but often reversible. You just need to learn how to stretch clothes using stuff you have at home.
When it comes to learning how to unshrink your clothes, getting a cotton shirt back to its original size is easy. Here’s how to stretch a shirt in a few quick steps:
Air dry your shirt either hanging up or lying flat. Once it’s dry, it should be back to normal. If there are traces of conditioner left behind, just throw it in a (cool!) wash with a detergent you trust.
Learning how to unshrink clothes made from synthetic fibers works broadly the same way as with cotton but requires a gentler process. Here’s what’s different:
If you find the material is too stiff after you’ve squeezed the water out then you can use a small amount of steam from an iron to relax it a little.
Jeans don’t tend to shrink because they’re made with a denser and tighter weave but it can still happen. Learning how to stretch jeans isn’t exactly fun, but it is easy. Here’s what you need to do:
Hopefully, these tips have helped you revive your shrunken shirts but next time you put a wash on check the temperature and cycle first to avoid repeating the mistake in the future. That way, you might not need to look up how to unshrink your clothes again.
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