Want to Stop Shrinking Clothes? Here's How!
It's happened to all of us at one point and will still happen periodically. Shrinking your clothes is one of the few ways you can permanently damage your clothes and can be challenging to reverse.
Taking simple steps can help prevent making these mistakes and you won’t have to worry about ruining your clothes again!
Always Check Your Labels
It seems easy, but when was the last time you checked your clothing labels? We’re usually in a rush when doing routine tasks, like laundry, and we can overlook clothing that needs to be separated. It’s essential to take the time to check all your labels to make sure you’re correctly cleaning them with safe detergent. Usually, tags will have instructions or specifics about the fabric, so you know how to wash it.
It will save you time and money long term because you’ll preserve your outfits longer than previously.
Wash in Cool Water
Sometimes heat itself can cause a fabric to shrink. After you’ve checked your labels, you might find a few items that need to be either hand washed or washed in cool water. It’s important to check because you might toss it in with a warm water load and potentially ruin a piece of clothing.
Dry on Low Settings
It’s crucial to avoid throwing all your clothes in the drier at the same temperature. Make sure to double-check if some garments require a lower drier setting. Sweaters or any dresses prone to shrink should be air-dried or machine dried on a lower setting. Often dryers have a “delicate” option.
Use Safe Laundry Detergent
Most people are starting to switch to eco-friendly cleaning products since it's better for our health and the environment. Eco-friendly laundry detergents are generally rid of toxic chemicals that can alter your clothing or damage entirely. If your laundry detergent is safe for the environment, you can bet it’s safe for your clothes!
When Possible, Air Dry!
You might not always have this option, but it’s useful in assuring your clothes won’t shrink. Plus, it’s great for the environment because you minimize the use of electricity!
Just purchase a small drying rack for your laundry area, place a waterproof rug underneath to catch dripping water, and let your clothes hang to dry! Use clothing pins to keep your clothes in place. It’s a great option if you’re concerned about ruining/shrinking a unique or expensive piece of clothing.
Dry Clean Special Garments
Affording the dry cleaner might not be an option for everyone but for special garments or delicate items, it may be the best choice. While this might cost you more money, at least you can feel confident that your clothing will be cleaned without shrinking.
Your clothes are an investment. You don’t want to lose clothing that is costly or sentimental. Once a garment shrinks, it’s nearly impossible to reverse. We hope you find these tips helpful!