How to Make Pants Less Stiff


There are many reasons why a pair of pants may feel stiff. It may be just the material they are made of, or it could be they have been starched. Sometimes starch is applied in the factory to give pants a crisp, fresh appearance. Stiff pants may look nice, but they are not as comfortable as softer pants. There are several things you can do to make pants less stiff.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer balls
  • Place the pants with other clothing that needs washing in your washing machine. Add your regular detergent and a capl of fabric softener.

  • Wash the clothes in warm water. Washing the pants will remove any starch that may have been applied to the pants in the factory. The fabric softener will also help soften the pants.

  • Dry the pants in a clothes dryer on the warm setting. Use dryer balls, which are bumpy balls made to soften and fluff clothes in the dryer, to further help soften the pants. If the pants are still too stiff when you remove them from the dryer, repeat the washing and drying process.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can wash the pants alone, without other clothes -- however, the rubbing action of other clothes in the washer and dryer will help soften the pants more.

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