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How to shrink clothes

Did you make the mistake of buying an oversized T-shirt? Did you lose weight and want your now baggy clothes to fit you better? Shrinking them down seems like an obvious solution, but how?

Don’t worry because we have answers for you that we will be sharing with you in this short guide:

1. Use your washing machine

Put the item you want to shrink in the washing machine. Set it at the highest temperature, and at the maximum amount of time. Once the washing cycle is complete, dry it either outside or in a dryer. The agitation of the washing machine and that of the dryer will make most clothes shrink.

2. Take a hot bath while wearing them

The following may sound strange but wearing your clothes while taking a bath would not only shrink them, but it would also make them fit you perfectly. The trick is that you have to let them dry while you’re wearing them. Of course, this is not feasible in the winter time, but it is in the summer. If you want a perfect fit, give it a go!

3. Boil them

If the fabric of your item is cotton or linen, don’t be afraid to boil it for about 5 minutes if there is no notable color leakage. Otherwise, put in a flask and pour the boiling water over it and let it soak until the water gets cold.

This method should narrow down your piece of clothes by a size or two.

4. Steam them

If you have a home steam iron, fill it with water and set it to the highest temperature. The heat of the steam will induce the shrinking of your oversized piece of clothes. However, we do not recommend that you use this method on delicate material such as silk because of the possible apparition of water spots on your fabric.

5. Hot iron them

If you feel like shrinking down some parts of your clothing item but not all of it, this method is dedicated to you as it will help you easily apply selective shrinking. Lay your garment on a flat surface and rearrange it in the way and shape you’d like them to have.

Once that’s done, iron the parts you compressed and make sure to leave them still for a whole day. In the following day, you’ll notice that your piece of clothes has kept its new shape. Try it out.

6. Cold water soaking

This method is to be used with every piece of garment you own since there is no type of fabric that cold water can damage. To go through with this easy method, fill your bathtub or tank, or a plastic container with cold tap water, then bring your item and let it soak overnight.

The next morning you’ll get a smaller size piece of garment, especially if it is already shrinkable by nature.

In fact, you should know that some fabrics are more susceptible to shrinking than others. Linen, for example, is highly shrinkable whereas cotton and wool are moderately shrinkable. Contrarily, silk, nylon, and polyester are less likely to get narrowed down. In fact, we don’t even recommend using the last two methods, for fear that your piece of clothes gets damaged.

We hope this guide succeeded in providing you with the best solutions you needed for shrinking down your garments.

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