How to Save a Shrunken Sweater

How to Save a Shrunken Sweater

If you pull a suddenly shrunken sweater out of the wash, don't panic. You may have to chalk it up to a laundry learning experience, but don't give up hope immediately. With emergency care, there's a chance of saving it.

1 First, when you spot the horrifyingly transformed garment after the wash cycle, never put it in the dryer. That will seal the deal. Instead, gently squeeze it in a thick towel to absorb moisture.

2 Next, fill your sink with cold water, and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of baby shampoo and ½ to 1 tablespoon of gentle conditioner. Gently swish the sweater in the water to thoroughly saturate all fibers. Soak for an hour, then remove it without rinsing.

3 Using a piece of cork board and stainless-steel push pins, gently begin stretching the sweater back into its original shape and size and pinning it into place. Check on it every few hours to reshape as needed.