No matter what season it is, the risk of shrinking your clothes by accident is almost always present. Some clothing is more likely to shrink than others in the washer and dryer, and it behooves one to keep that from happening by knowing a few tips. Below, you can know exactly what principles to use to prevent shrinking clothes in the dryer and the wash.
Wash in Cool Water
The first principle to keep in mind when preventing shrinking clothes is to wash them in cool water. Cold or cool water never runs the risk of shrinkage, while hot water can cause the clothing fibers to crinkle and bunch up. If you are ever in doubt about what temperature to wash your clothing, always use cold or cool water.
Tumble Dry on Low Heat
When drying the laundry, keep the heat low in this step as well. You can tumble dry your clothes, which allows the garments to get dry with minimal creases and crinkling. You have different options for temperature, such as high, low, and no heat. In the “no heat” setting, the dryer will not generate heat but will use room temperature air to dry the clothing. The process will take longer, but your laundry will be safe from shrinkage.
Alternative: Air Dry
An alternative to using your dryer is to air dry your clothes. Line drying your clothes is almost the same as putting your clothes through the air dry setting in your clothes dryer. Be mindful of how you lay your clothes to dry, as some fabrics will mold to uneven surfaces and form crinkles or dents.
Follow the Care Instructions
The principles on how to prevent shrinking clothes are to wash with cool water and dry on low heat. In other words, keep the heat as low as possible. Even so, you can take care of your clothes well if you simply follow the care instructions for each garment. The clothes tag can help you clean your garments as generally or exactly as you like, with details such as laundering temperature, cycle, and colors.
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