Relax! It is possible to unshrink clothes that someone (not you, of course) popped into the dryer and that are now small enough for little Bruiser to wear.
And all you'll need to do is help your clothing fibers relax, too, with a little help from baby shampoo.
Here's how to unshrink clothes - and how to stretch a shirt that shrunk with baby shampoo and a cork board in 5 easy steps.
Gently work the shampoo into the fibers by hand, taking care not to stretch any of the fibers during the softening-up process. About 15 minutes should allow enough time for the shampoo to relax the garmet's fibers enough so that you may begin the letting-out process.
Remove the clothing item from the soapy water. Rinse in cool water to remove the baby shampoo.
Gently press or squeeze the garment, moving from the sleeves to the collar area and working your way down, pressing out any remaining moisture as you go.
Don't wring - this can further damage and even break the fibers you're trying to gently coax back into shape.
Follow your rinse and squeezing routine with a roll in a clean, dry towel to remove any lingering moisture. It's important that the clothing's fibers contain as little moisture as possible when you begin the resizing process.
Return to re-stretch and re-pin your garment every few hours. It will take several stretching and re-pinning sessions to unshrink the garment, and ease it back to its original size.
If you adore that shirt or sweater, you'll be glad you took the time to pin, pin, and pin again.
Next time, make sure you know whether to wash clothes in hot, warm, or cold water so that you won't need to unshrink your clothes again.
But the good news is: You can if you need to!