In this article we are going to offer you five powerful remedies that will allow you to recover the original size of your clothes in the water. However, to be on the safe side, it is always important to carefully check the labels on your items before starting the wash cycle. Saving the day the first time is possible, but if the mistakes are recurrent, you run the risk of damaging your clothes in the long run. Better let me know…
Here are some tips to get your clothes back to their original size
Unexpected way: conditioner helps restore clothes to their original size
Few people know it, but conditioner can be a good solution to relax a wool garment that has shrunk in the washing machine. In fact, it works like a classic softener, but above all it has the advantage of respecting the original size of the garment.
- 1/4 cup of hair conditioner (62 ml)
- 1/4 cup white vinegar (optional) (62 ml)
- warm water (just enough)
Pour the conditioner into a bowl of warm water, submerge the shrunken garment and let it soak for half a day. Then wring out the excess water and stretch the fabric by hand until it returns to its original size. Once done, stretch the garment without wringing it and wait for it to dry.
NB : If it is a sweater, it is recommended to add white vinegar to the mixture, to obtain better results.
Fabric softener to salvage a garment that has shrunk in the wash
Although sometimes discouraged due to the chemicals it contains, applying fabric softener to shrunk clothes can make a difference. In fact, it can help you get them back to their normal size.
- 1 cup of fabric softener (250 ml)
- 4 cups of warm water (1 liter)
In the basin, mix the two ingredients and soak the item in question. Leave on for 24 hours and rinse. Lay the garment out in the sun without wringing it out. Wait for it to dry to check its effect. You will notice that it has finally returned to its original shape!
Smart Combination of Baking Soda and White Vinegar
Known for removing tough, embedded stains from clothes, but also for deodorizing and fixing clothes colors, baking soda and white vinegar make a very capable duo. As a plus, both are natural, ecological and economical products. They will act as a natural softener, protecting your clothes while respecting their original size.
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda (20 g)
- 2 liters of hot water
- 1 cup of white vinegar (250 ml)
Dissolve baking soda in a quart of hot water, then submerge the accidentally shrunk garment in it. Then let it soak for at least an hour.
After this time, gradually stretch the garment. Then pour the white vinegar into another quart of hot water which will then act as rinse water for the clothes you just put away.
Baby shampoo can restore the original size of clothes.
You wouldn’t expect it, but baby shampoo is also a perfect alternative for treating pants and other heavier fabrics that have had the misfortune to shrink in the wash. We even advise you to combine it with a little conditioner for best results.
- ¼ cup of baby shampoo (62 ml)
- 3 tablespoons of hair conditioner (30 ml)
- Hot water (just enough)
Fill a bowl a quarter full with warm water, then add baby shampoo and natural conditioner. Then soak the pants for 12 hours. After this time, stretch it with your hands, being careful not to damage it.
If you are unsure of the correct size, compare it to another pair of pants that are undamaged. Then squeeze out excess water and spread it out to dry quietly.
NB : If your pants are still too tight, you can use a steam iron to try to smooth out the fabric.
Unusual duo: white vinegar and hair mask
Known for its softening properties, white vinegar also removes dirt stains and leaves clothes feeling fresh. To relax narrow and tight garments, it can be combined with a hair mask or detangling cream.
- ½ cup of white vinegar (125 ml)
- 1/4 cup of hair mask (62 ml)
- Hot water (just enough)
Dissolve the two ingredients in a container with hot water and put the garment to soak.
Wait half an hour for the products to take effect. After this indicated time, iron the garment with your hands lengthwise and widthwise. It will expand and return to its original size.