How To Unshrink Clothing


You buy a new jumper and put it in to wash with the rest of your clothes. You forget that it’s  there and into the dryer it goes with the rest. Suddenly you have a jumper that’s two sizes too small. You think about giving up and gifting it to your teenaged niece but stop right there! It’s not a lost cause! In this post, we’re going to talk about how to unshrink clothing.

You’ll need:

  1. A bucket of lukewarm water
  2. Hair conditioner (some sources say baby shampoo works too!)
  3. Two clean towels


Mix a tablespoon of conditioner (or shampoo) in the water. Never use hot water. Room-temperature water should do. Soak your shrunken clothing in the bucket. Take it out after 30 minutes and gently squeeze the water out. Don’t wring it.

Lay it flat on a clean towel and roll it up to get rid of excess water so that it’s damp and not dripping wet. Place it on another clean towel and gently start stretching it out to its original shape. You can use weights to hold it in position as it air dries.

This method should help clothes that have shrunk in the wash to get back to their original size. Just make sure you don’t put them in the dryer again next time! Here’s a list of fabrics that shrink in the dryer:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Wool
  • Rayon
  • Cashmere
  • Silk

Happy unshrinking!


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