How to Shrink a Shirt

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Shrinking a shirt requires boiling water over the stove, pouring the hot water over the garment in a bowl, letting the clothes soak in the hot water until the water cools and washing it on the hottest setting in the washing machine. Shrink a shirt one or two sizes smaller with instructions from a professional house cleaner in this free video on housekeeping.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to show you how to shrink a shirt. For whatever reason you want to shrink a shirt, the temperature of the water is going to determine how small your shirt gets. I've had a shirt come out of the dryer lookin' like a Barbie shirt before and never got to wear it again. It also depends on the material of the shirt. If it's something that's a really like, you know, like a sweater material, it's going to shrink a lot faster. If you just have cotton, it's going to take a little more to shrink it. So, boil some water on your stove. After it's been boiling, you want to bring it over and dump it into a bowl or a pan. Whichever shirt you want to shrink, drop it in that hot water. Let it sit in there until the water goes cold. Really let it sit in that hot water. After you do that, if you wash the shirt on the hottest possible setting in your washing machine, it'll shrink it even more, and if you dry it for a long time, in the dryer on a hot setting, you should come out with a shirt that's about two, three sizes smaller, at least. I'm Rachel Yatuzis and that is how you shrink a shirt.


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