How to Shrink Jeans in the Washer

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If your jeans are a bit too big, you can shrink them in the washer. Cut your jeans down to size with help from a fashion expert in this free video.

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Well, hey there again! It's your girl, P.W., giving you the know-how on the fashion how-to. And today, we're going to talk about, how do you shrink your jeans? Now, I know you're like, "Well, that's relatively simple." But, do you know how to shrink your jeans where you want them to be shrunk? Let me show you a couple tidbits. Okay, so we all know that to shrink a jean, what we want to do is put it in the washing machine, and we want to put it on hot. That's really going to shrink that jean down. You either want to use a warm cycle, and you don't want to use delicate, you actually want to use, like a permanent press, or heavy duty, so it could, the fibers can really be roughed around in the washing machine. So, you just want to use your regular detergent, whatever you, you know, your soap powder of choice, your detergent of choice. Put it in there, just a little bit of fabric softener, because you really kind of want to keep that nice flexibility in your denim. And then, you want to throw them in the dryer, and you want to throw them in the dryer on high heat, or a permanent press, okay? So, that's the normal way how to shrink your jeans. Now, for us ladies, okay, you want to shrink your jeans in the bum bum area. Okay, that's absolutely fine, and you want to keep them kind of full in the waist, because that's always our kind of difficult area. So, let me show you how to do that. Now, you know, my secret concoction, I have, like, a million things in this little bottle here. So, it is, once again, fabric softener and water. Fabric softener and water, I am not going to wash my entire jean. I'm not going to wet the entire jean and wash it. So, what we want to do, is we want to spray it down. We want to get that fabric softener and that water all in there, okay? And, it doesn't work with just water. I don't know why, for some reason, but it does not work with just water. And fabric softener is really, really good on your skin. It's delicate, and it doesn't do a lot. So, you want to spray the area that you want to shrink, whether it be your thigh, or in the butt area of your pockets, and you want to just shrink that down. That's where you're going to wet. You're going to wet all of that up, and then you're going to throw it in the dryer, and you're going to throw it the dryer for 40 minutes on a permanent press, high heat cycle. And then, if it still isn't giving you exactly what you want, you want to put it back in, you want to spray her down again, and put it back in. So, wherever, however you want to do it, wherever on the jean, that's how you do it. And, I hope I've taught you how to shrink your jeans. It's your girl, P.W., signing off on the how-to. Bye, now.


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