I’m sure this has happened to you at some point. There’s nothing pleasant about pulling clothes out of your washer or dryer that you wouldn’t dream of putting on. But we know how to get your favorite clothes back to their original size.
Wet water is the first step to success
First, fill the sink or lavor with lukewarm water. The water should be neither hot nor cold. Then add some hair conditioner to it to loosen the fibers of the shrunken clothes. Once added, stir the water thoroughly to create soapy water. Once you have bubbles in the water, put the shrunken clothes in and start to stretch them out. You should leave it in the water for 30-40 minutes. Be sure not to wring the clothes after removing them from the water, just wrap them in a towel to soak up the excess water.
Don’t be afraid to add strength
When you take your clothes out of the towel, here comes the most important part – getting them properly stretched. Be sure to spare no effort and try to stretch it out as much as possible so that it increases to its original size. When the garment feels stretched enough, let it dry naturally, preferably on a hanger (it might stretch a little due to gravity). There may be some conditioner residue on the clothes, but it should be gentle on the skin. If your skin is sensitive and you’re worried about an allergic reaction, rinse your clothes in cold water. This should not harm the shape of the clothes. If the first attempt fails, don’t be disappointed. You can repeat the process until you are satisfied with the result.
Don’t forget the different types of material
Not every material will be flattered by this method. Of course, as you know, there are lots of materials and not everyone will find stretching easy. Clothing can be made of wool, cotton, cashmere, spandex and other fabrics. Therefore, it may be that some will be easier to stretch and vice versa. To avoid having to repeat the process next time for a different piece of clothing, always rub it and wash it as indicated on the labels.