How Do You Shrink Cotton?


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Cotton shrinks when wet and very hot, so the most effective way to shrink cotton is to wash it in the hottest water setting a washer offers, and then dry it with hot air. Another strategy is to boil it, since it is the same technique without the cleaning.

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These methods do not shrink cotton clothing as much or as evenly if the garment is labeled "pre-shrunk." When washed in a washing machine, a garment's color may bleed onto other clothing, so it's best if it is washed either by itself or with clothing of the same or very similar color.

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