How to Make Clothes Shrink

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To make clothes shrink, let them soak in boiling water until the water cools, wash the garments on the hottest setting in the washing machine and use the hottest dryer setting as well. Encourage shrinkage in clothes with advice from a professional house cleaner in this free video on housekeeping.

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to show you how to make clothes shrink. First and foremost obviously you want to try just washing them in hot water. If that doesn't work and you want them smaller still, you take your clothes, put them in a sink, anything that will hold water, boil some water on the stove in a tea kettle or a pot, anything you have available. Once the water is boiling, pour it over your clothes and let your clothing sit in the hot water until the water is cool. Once the water has cooled off, be careful because the clothes might still be a little bit hot, but wring them out just a little bit so you won't be dripping water on the floor. Before you take them to the laundry room, throw them in the washing machine depending on how many clothes you have, put the washing machine on whichever setting, extra small, small, medium, large, depending on how many clothes you have. Wash them in the hottest water you can. Add your laundry detergent of course. Let them go through their cycle. When they're done, take the clothes out, pop them in the dryer, again on the hottest setting possible and pull them out and your clothes should be significantly smaller. I am Rachel Yatuzis and that is how you shrink clothing.


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