How Do You Fix Clothes That Have Shrunk in the Dryer?

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One of the most common techniques used to fix clothes that have shrunk in the dryer is by soaking them in a sink with cool water and hair conditioner, rinsing them clean and dry, stretching them gently to their initial size and then letting them hang to dry. Baby shampoo may also be used as a treatment solution instead of hair conditioner.

Conditioner or shampoo works on the clothes that have shrunk by loosening up the fibers that have wound up tightly during the drying cycle. As an added bonus, the conditioner or shampoo will make the clothes softer and feel more pleasant to wear.

The following steps shows how to fix clothes that have shrunk:

Step 1

Fill the sink with cool water. Do not use hot water because it will make the fibers wind up even tighter. Do not use water that is too cold either because the conditioner will not dissolve.

Step 2

Add 1/4 cup of hair conditioner to the water. Agitate the water to dissolve and distribute the conditioner evenly.

Step 3

Soak the piece of clothing that has shrunk in the solution for at least 15 minutes.

Step 4

Drain the water. Take the garment and lay it on a towel. Roll the towel with the clothing like a burrito. Squeeze out as much water as possible from the clothing by wringing the towel. Soak the garment again in water and repeat the process until most of the conditioner has been rinsed off.

Step 5

Lay the garment on a table and gently work on it by stretching it little by little back to its original shape. After stretching it out, hang the garment to dry.