It’s happened to the best of us. We buy a new piece of clothing only to find that it’s shrunk half-in-size the first time we wash it. While you may think there’s little you can do to unshrink clothes, there are surprisingly simple ways you can undo the damage.
On the flip-side, there may even be times when you want to shrink clothes on purpose to make larger clothes fit better. Whether you want to know how to unshrink clothes or how to shrink clothes without affecting the quality of a garment, here’s how to do it.
Check your fabric is suitable
Before following any of shrinking or unshrinking methods detailed below always check that the garment fabric is suitable. Avoid shrinking wool, silk and any fabric that needs to be dry cleaned. Exposing delicate fabric or wool to high temperatures can cause irreparable damage and irreversible shrinkage.
How to unshrink clothes
Unshrinking clothes is surprisingly easy. If you want to know how to unshrink a shirt or any other garment, do the following:
- Fill your sink with lukewarm water and a tablespoon of baby shampoo
- Soak the shirt for 30 minutes
- Wring the shirt out with your hands
- Get rid of extra moisture by laying the shirt out flat on a large towel and rolling it in the towel
- Unroll the shirt and then place it on top of another towel
- Stretch the shirt to its original size
- Hang it up to dry naturally
Do not apply more heat or put it in the dryer, or it may shrink again. Once dry, it will keep its size.