Shrinks wool when it is washed

How to shrink clothes (without damaging them)

Sam's clothes are way too big - not that much anymore! Here's Sam's guide to shrinking clothes.

Applying heat is the best way to shrink most types of fabric, such as cotton, wool, denim, and rayon. Heat combined with moisture is even more effective — it relaxes the tension in fabrics and shortens the threads., Wash and dry clothes on high heat, and inspect the garment as it goes to make sure it has shrunk to the desired size. Delicate fabrics can be damaged, so I recommend starting on low heat and increasing the temperature as needed. Keep an eye on your delicacies!

3 ways to shrink clothes

No matter what type of fabric you want to shrink, there are only three effective methods of shrinking:

  1. Wash and dry on medium to high heat (depending on the fabric).
  2. Ironing clothes while damp.,
  3. Soak clothes in warm to boiling water and dry with a hair dryer.
  4. How do cotton and denim shrink:

    1. Wash the clothes for the longest cycle on the hottest heat setting.
    2. When finished washing, immediately transfer to the dryer and run on the hottest setting available., (Don't let clothes cool after washing or the threads will come off and you won't be able to shrink them effectively.)
    3. Stop the dryer regularly to check the size. When satisfied, remove the clothes and allow them to air dry on a rack. (Do not hang clothes on a string while they are wet or damp. This will stretch them out.,)

    Shrinking wool:

    Wool is very sensitive to heat, so washing and drying on high heat can cause excessive shrinkage.

    1. To shrink your woolen sweater a little, spray it with warm water and place it in the dryer over medium heat. Check it regularly to make sure it isn't shrinking too much.,
    2. To shrink the sweater drastically, wash it on medium heat and dry on medium heat.
    3. For more even results, dampen the sweater with warm water and iron it until dry.

    For viscose, linen and silk:

    1. Soak your clothes in warm water for several hours.
    2. Use a wooden spoon to move clothes around to disrupt knitting and make it easier to shrink.,
    3. Tumble dry on low heat or place on a rack in a warm room.
    4. You can also dry it with a hair dryer or iron.

    Temperature and corresponding results

    temperature Degree of shrinkage

    High heat (130 ° F or 54.4 ° C)

    Medium heat (110 ° F to 90 ° F or 43.3 ° C to 32.2 ° C)


    Low heat (80 ° F to 60 ° F or around 30 ° C)

    The fabrics shrink the most?

    Heat is effective on these fabrics, and they are listed in order from greatest to least shrinkage.,

    • Rayon
    • linen
    • silk
    • cotton
    • denim
    • Wool
    • viscose
    • polyester
    • nylon
    • acrylic

    How to shrink clothes without a washer and dryer

    1. Soak clothes in hot to boiling hot water in a tub or sink for at least 3 hours. The longer your clothes soak, the easier it is for the threads to shorten.,
    2. Put your clothes between two towels and squeeze to remove excess water.
    3. Lay your clothes flat on a clothes horse and blow them with a blow dryer on the highest heat. Be sure to apply heat evenly.
    4. You can also wait for the clothes to dry naturally, until they are barely damp, and iron the clothes.

    How do you prevent clothes from fading?

    To keep the clothes from fading, turn them over and add a cup of white vinegar. The acid in vinegar helps retain color.,

    Tips for shrinking clothing without damaging it

    • Turn your clothes over.
    • Just try it once. The more often you apply heat, the faster your clothes will fade or deteriorate.
    • Do not place clothes in direct sunlight (this will cause fading).
    • Adjust the temperature of the heat depending on how much you want to shrink your clothes.

    Sam Mendoran (Author) from Morgan Hill, CA on 10/15/2019: