Does Boiling a T-Shirt Shrink It?


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If the T-shirt is made of 100 percent cotton that is not pre-shrunk, boiling is effective for achieving shrinkage. In fact, expect your shirt to shrink up to two sizes when it is soaked in boiling water before being dried.

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Does Boiling a T-Shirt Shrink It?
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Place the shirt in a pot of boiling water, turn off the heat, and let the material soak for five minutes or more. Washing a cotton T-shirt in a machine on the hottest water setting then putting it in a dryer on the highest heat setting is also effective. These methods are less successful if the T-shirt is made of a polyester/cotton blend.

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