To do this, select the "whites" setting so that the washer uses hot water to rinse the shirt.
And we had the perpetual problem of shrinking things. I would dry clothes on the lowest heat setting and they would still come out looking like doll clothing. So I said enough with the Oompa Loompa clothes and found a solution: Unshrinking a shirt is super duper easy and odds are good that you already have what you need to go from this…….
Mix the conditioner to incorporate it into the water. The water should become slightly bubbly. Lay your shirt flat on the surface of the water. Press the shirt down to submerge it into the water. If you have multiple shirts, you can layer them on top of each other. Let the shirt s sit for at least 15 minutes. The conditioner in the water will loosen the fibers of the shirt and this makes it easier to stretch back to its original size.
Now, take your shirt and place it on top of a dry towel. Place another towel on top of the shirt, roll up the towels, and press to wring out excess water. If you're reusing an old spray bottle, make sure it is clean and free of the chemicals before you use it. Spray the shirt lightly. Use the spray bottle to spritz the shirt on all sides. Dampening the fibers will help it shrink. Don't completely soak the shirt, or you may end up with a smaller size than you want.
If you only want the shirt to shrink in certain areas, such as around the arm holes, then you can just spritz the shirt in these areas. Put the shirt in the dryer on the "permanent press" cycle and let it dry for two minutes at a time. Remove the shirt from the dryer when it is completely dry. If the shirt was stretched out before, it should now be refreshed and ready to wear.
If you want it to shrink more, repeat the process and use a higher heat setting on your dryer. Place a fabric softener sheet in the dryer with your shirt to freshen up the smell, too. Take it to a tailor or seamstress. If a shirt is important to you, you may want to take it to a tailor or seamstress instead of trying to shrink it at home.
Ask the dry cleaners to shrink it. Your dry cleaners may be able to help shrink a garment that is labeled dry clean only.
If you have a dry clean only shirt that you want to shrink to a smaller size, then ask the dry cleaner if that is something they can do.
Keep in mind that water is necessary to shrink a garment, so dry cleaning will not usually shrink your clothes unless the machine is leaking. Contact a knitwear specialist. For a valuable knit shirt, you might consider having the shirt unraveled and re-knitted to a smaller size.
This might not be a cost-effective solution for less expensive shirts, but it might be a safer strategy for a designer label knit shirt. Try washing the shirt on its own on hottest temperature you have. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 5. Would it shrink if I washed with warm water in the sink, then put it in the dryer?
It should if you add a bit of vinegar and lime, as long as it's the right material. Not Helpful 5 Helpful You may need to stretch it again in that same area after you wash it.
Thank you so much! I just tried soaking it shirt in 8 cups of water and 2 tsp of conditioner. The shirt actually stretched back to its original size. Thank you again, this post was super helpful! Thank you for this post — so helpful! A had a couple of follow-up questions. Did you rinse it after soaking? Also, how did you wash the shirt going forward to prevent shrinkage?
I did not rinse it afterward. It seemed dilute enough to not need it. I figured it would be similar to if I had used a dryer sheet.
A little residual softener on the fabric seems okay. I did not have an issue with ironing this particular shirt afterward.
Even then I find it needs a quick stretch to lengthen it again. Not quite as dramatic as my first go at it. I hope this helps. One of them is a brand new top that I love, keeping my fingers crossed that it stretches back. I hope that you can revive that top. All the clothes that seem to lay so pretty seem to be rayon anymore. I was just buying a size bigger then wearing it a little loose a few times to at least get a wear or two out of it..
Those made of rayon have such a nice feel, and like you said, lay so pretty. I like your method though! Just washed 5 new items that of course have shrunk to tiny tot size.
About to try the conditioner. Does this have to happen at every wash from now on?? I try to cold water hand wash them, and gently stretch shape them back.
Followed your instructions and it worked perfectly! Oh my gosh thank you I must try this asap! I was shocked to find my dress had shrunk in the wash! This was super helpful.
I bought one I loved this week and was super careful with it, gentle cold wash and laid flat to dry and it still ended up like 4 inches shorter and too tight. I was so bummed and thought it was ruined but I found your post and tried it last night. All of my shirts are back to their original shape and size, thank you so much!!! Losing 4 shirts at one time really would be a bummer. Thanks so much Amanda! Oh, thank you so much!
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