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Undo Dryer Damage: Unshrink Your Clothes

I live in a climate where I have to tumble dry my laundry, so sometimes accidents happen. Recently I accidently shrunk my favorite pair of pants. I was preparing to bid them farewell until my friend suggested a laundry trick that would revert them back to their former length. I didn’t even know this was possible. 

Note: This method works best for natural fibers such as cotton, jersey, linen, wool and silk, but not for synthetic materials.

Equipment needed: a sink of lukewarm water, baby shampoo, and two large bath towels.

Step 1: Fill your sink with lukewarm water. Add a capful of baby shampoo to the water.

Step 2: Soak your item in the baby shampoo water. Let it soak for a half an hour, allowing the fibers in the fabric to relax.

Step 3: Remove the item from the water and gently squeeze the water out. Do not rinse the garment

Step 4: Spread out one large towel and lay the clothing flat on the towel.

Step 5: Roll the towel and clothing up. The point is to absorb extra moisture. Your clothing should be damp, not wet.

Step 6: Unroll the towel and clothing. Spread out your second dry towel. Place the garment flat on this towel and let it air dry. Gently stretch the garment as it lays drying. Continue doing this until your garment has returned to its original size.

Extra step: If you’re in a hurry to have the pants dry you can place a fan next to the clothing to speed up the drying process.

When the pants dried, they fit again. I was so happy to have saved them from the donation pile!


H/T: www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com

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