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how to unshrink CLOTHES


It is possible to unshrink clothes that someone (not you, of course), popped into the dryer and that are now small enough for your pet to wear. 

Start by soaking the item in lukewarm water and a few squirts of baby shampoo (or another gentle shampoo) for about 15-minutes.

And then let the resizing process begin.

With this step by step guide, you really can unshrink clothes - including a sweater - yourself  and save it from the rag pile.

Start With a Short Soak To Relax Fibers

Start the resizing process by soaking the shrunken sweater in a sink or bucket full of lukewarm water and two tablespoons of baby shampoo. 

How to unshrink a sweaterUnshrink clothes with a soak in lukewarm water and baby shampoo.

Gently work a few drops of baby shampoo (or another gentle shampoo), into the fibers by hand, taking care not to stretch any of the threads during the softening-up process.

About 15 minutes should allow enough time for the shampoo to relax the sweater or clothing fibers enough so that you may begin the letting-out process. 

Remove From Water and Rinse

Remove the garment from the soapy water, and rinse it in cold water to remove the baby shampoo from the item's fibers.

Next, remove water from the garment. To do this, gently press or squeeze it, moving from the sleeves to the collar area, working your way down pressing out any remaining moisture as you go.

Don't wring: this can damage - and even break - the fibers you're trying to gently coax back into shape.

Roll in a Towel to Remove Any Lingering Moisture

To remove any lingering moisture form the fabric, roll the item in a clean, dry towel.

It's essential that the fibers contain as little moisture as possible when you begin the resizing process.

To Unshrink, Gently Pin It To a Corkboard 

Pin the garment to a cork board, stretching the neck, arms, and sides as taut as possible without damaging the fibers. Let it be for at least an hour.

Return to re-stretch, and re-pin the clothing or sweater every few hours.

It will take several stretching and re-pinning sessions to return the garment to its original size.

But If you adore that 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 go through the unshrinking process again. But the good news is: You can if you need to!

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