How to Make My Sweatpants Smaller

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Sweatpants should be comfortable and loose, but not too loose.
Sweatpants should be comfortable and loose, but not too loose.

Sweatpants are a comfortable clothing option for a variety of activities, from lounging around the house to jogging to running errands. Sweatpants are soft and loose-fitting, but if your sweatpants are too loose, they can become uncomfortable and annoying. If you are tired of hitching up your favorite sweatpants because they are too baggy, one solution is shrinking your sweatpants in the laundry to give them the more snug fit you prefer.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Color-safe detergent
  • Dryer

Step 1

Place your sweatpants in your washing machine.

Step 2

Set the load size to the smallest setting.

Step 3

Set the water temperature to the hottest setting. The water will need to be around 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 4

Turn on the washing machine and add color-safe detergent according to the instructions on the label. This will keep the temperature of the water from fading the color on your sweatpants.

Step 5

Allow the sweatpants to complete the washing cycle.

Step 6

Place the sweatpants in your dryer immediately after the washing machine cycle has completed.

Step 7

Set your dryer to the highest heat setting.

Step 8

Turn the dryer on. The amount of time required will vary depending on the sweatpants. When your sweatpants are completely dry, remove them from the dryer and try them on.

Step 9

Repeat these steps if you want your sweatpants to be smaller.

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