How to safely shrink your clothes
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How to safely shrink your clothes

Baggy clothes that need shrinking? Follow our top tips to learn how to shrink clothes whilst maintaining their quality.

Are you looking for a way to make baggy jeans fit or maybe to fix a stretched jersey? Deliberately trying to shrink clothes can be scary but with this guide on how to shrink clothes safely you’ll be done in no time! Here are some great ways you can fix oversized clothes, including how to shrink jeans whilst maintaining their quality.

How to shrink a shirt? 

Looking for an easy way to turn an oversized cotton shirt into a fitted one without having to sew? There are measures you can take to shrink a baggy shirt down a size. Read on to know how to shrink a shirt easily with or without a washing machine and dryer:

How to shrink a shirt using your machine and tumble dryer 

  • Set your machine to the highest temperature and the longest setting using a quality laundry product like Skip to prevent colours from fading.
  • When the program is over, immediately put the shirt into the dryer and turn it to the highest setting and the longest cycle.
  • Repeat this process until you get to the right size.

How to shrink a shirt using hot water

  • Heat a large pot of water.
  • Once it’s boiling, remove it from the heat.
  • The warmer the water, the greater the shrinkage. Put your shirt immediately in the pot if you need it to shrink up to two sizes. If you don’t need to shrink it that much, wait around 15 minutes before placing it in the pot of water.
  • Let it soak for around 20-25 minutes. Make sure you wait for your shirt to cool before handling it to avoid burning your hands.
  • Repeat this process until you’re happy with the size.

How to shrink a jersey?

Favourite jersey too big? Here are some tips on how to shrink a jersey:

  • Check the care label. Most jerseys are 100% polyester, which doesn’t shrink, in which case you’ll have to sew or go to a tailor. If it’s a blend of polyester and cotton it’ll be easier. The higher the percentage of cotton, the easier it will be to take it down a size.
  • Set the washing machine to the longest cycle and the hottest water setting and use a colour-safe laundry detergent like Skip to prevent colours from fading due to the high temperature.
  • Once the cycle’s over, immediately put the jersey into the tumble dryer and turn it to the longest cycle and highest setting.
  • Repeat this process until you’re happy with the size.

How to shrink jeans?

You lost weight but you’re not ready to give up your favourite pair of jeans? Follow these few steps to make them fit perfectly again.

How to shrink jeans using your machine and tumble dryer

  1. Put your jeans in the washing machine and set it to the highest temperature and the longest setting.
  2. Place your jeans into the dryer and turn it to the hottest setting and the longest cycle.
  3. Repeat this process until your jeans fit perfectly.

How to shrink jeans using boiling water 

  1. Heat a large pot of water.
  2. Once it’s boiling, add your jeans.
  3. Leave your jeans in the boiling water for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Dry on high heat. This method will help you shrink your jeans faster.

These methods will help you shrink your favourite jeans in no time. You can also shrink you them by… taking a hot bath with them on!

Now you know how to shrink your clothes easily, you can shrink them back to the perfect size whilst maintaining their quality.

Top Tip


Remember that shrinking clothes may affect their appearance, especially if you use a dryer. Consider using a good laundry detergent such as Skip to prevent colours from fading due to high temperatures.

Key Steps

  • Use the longest cycle and hottest setting with both your machine and dryer.
  • Add a colour-stay laundry product like Skip to prevent colours from fading.
  • Repeat this process until you’re happy with the size.