We’ve all been there: You stick a load in the washing machine, add the washing powder and fabric softener, turn the dial and hit go. But when you get the clothes out at the end, something that definitely shouldn’t have gone through on that cycle has snuck in and shrunk several sizes.
Perhaps it was your favourite jumper, or that new pair of jeans you just bought. No matter the item, it’s so annoying and a waste of your hard earned pennies.
However, it turns out there’s a very simple way to make the garment fit you again, and all you need is one rather common household item.
That item is baby shampoo. Yes, really! In order to try the trick for yourself, you have to start by filling a sink or bucket with lukewarm water, then add a cap full of baby shampoo.
Submerge the shrunken piece of clothing in the water and leave it to soak for 30 minutes. When the time is up, gently take hold of the garment and stretch it with your fingers to relax the fibres. Next, take it out of the bucket or sink and gently squeeze out the water – but don’t rinse it out.
Place the item flat on a large towel, then roll up the towel with the piece of clothing still inside, to absorb the excess moisture. You want it to be damp but not wet. Roll it back out again and lie it flat, then gently stretch the item out as it dries. Keep gently stretching until it’s back to it’s original size.