How Much Will Jeans Shrink If You Wash Them in Hot Water?

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The amount that jeans shrink when washed in hot water depends primarily on the temperature of the water and the materials the jeans are made with. Jeans made with a combination of denim and cotton fibers tend to shrink more in hot water than those made with man-made fibers, such as nylon or polyester.