Laundry day can sometimes bring surprises—one of them is discovering that your favorite wardrobe staples have shrunk. While it might seem like there’s no coming back from the miniaturization of your clothes, don’t fret. With simple household items and a few easy steps, you can unshrink your clothing. This article will guide you through the pleasant process of unshrinking your clothes, offering you a crack at reviving your beloved pieces.
Before we plunge into the process, gather the following items:
- A large basin or sink
- Lukewarm water
- Hair conditioner or baby shampoo
- A large towel
- A flat surface
Steps to Unshrink Your Clothes
Step 1: Fill the Basin with Lukewarm Water
Start by filling your basin or sink with lukewarm water. The water shouldn’t be too hot, as it can further damage and shrink your clothes.
Step 2: Add Hair Conditioner or Baby Shampoo
Add a generous squirt of hair conditioner or baby shampoo to the water and stir until it’s mixed well. These products help relax and loosen the fiber of your clothes, making them easier to reshape.
Step 3: Soak the Clothes
Submerge your shrunk clothing item in the water-conditioner concoction and let it soak for about 30 minutes. This allows the fibers in the clothing to absorb the solution and expand.
Step 4: Rinse and Ring
After soaking, gently squeeze the clothing to remove excess water and conditioner. Then rinse it with cool water. Avoid wringing the clothes harshly, as that might stretch the fibers excessively and cause further damage.
Step 5: Roll in a Towel
Lay out a large towel and place the garment flat on it. Roll the towel with the clothing item inside to absorb the extra moisture. This will lightly press out additional water, damping the garment rather than soaking it.
Step 6: Gently Stretch and Reshape
Unroll the towel and take out the clothes. Now gently stretch the garment and lay it flat, reshaping it to its original form. Let it air-dry.
Step 7: Air Dry
Allow the garment to air dry entirely without using direct heat or sunlight. Avoid using a dryer, as it can cause the item to shrink again.
Discovering your clothes have shrunk can be disheartening, but thankfully, with this easy method of unshrinking clothes, you can restore your favorite pieces to their former glory. Remember, to avoid future shrinking mishaps, always follow the recommended washing and drying instructions on the garment’s care label. So, the next time you face an unwelcome laundry day surprise, simply follow these steps and say hello to your resurrected clothing item!
Brazilian mother of two and CEO of Sparkling Clean Pro & Green Living Supplies since 2005. Working as an ecological advocate within the cleaning industry & aiding immigrant families and women at risk.