How To Shrink T Shirts
If you just grabbed a T-shirt off the rack, the fit may not be great and you may find that you want to know how to shrink a T-shirt. Or maybe someone gave you a gift without asking your size and you'd really like the giver to know you're wearing it. As long as your T-shirt is cotton or a cotton blend, you can give it a try. Other materials (such as acrylic) don't shrink. A word of caution though, be aware that not all T-shirts will shrink evenly and you may end up with a shirt that's short and wide, or with sleeves that are disproportionate to the rest of the shirt. Also be aware that extras (like iron-ons) can be negatively affected.
To shrink a T-shirt you will need some or all of the following:
- a washing machine
- a dryer
- boiling water
- Read the tag. Many T-shirts are "pre-shrunk". In a high quality tee, this may seriously reduce the amount your T-shirt will shrink. You may see no change at all. However, not all pre-shrunk shirts behave the same way. A cheaper shirt may still shrink quite a bit.
- Get into hot water. Toss the T-shirt you want to shrink into the washing machine and wash it alone on the small load setting. Set the machine on highest possible heat setting. If you don't have very hot water in your machine, you can add boiling water to heat things up Wash with detergent as usual.
- Dry it out. As soon as it's washed toss it into the dryer on the highest heat setting. Tumble till completely dry. Let it cool before removing.
That's all there is to shrinking a T-shirt If the process was successful, your T-shirt should have shrunk a size or two. If it didn't, you can try again, but be aware that there are limits to the shrinkage possible, especially with pre-shrunk shirts. Also note that the most dramatic shrinking will likely occur the first time around. If it works, you will have a well-fitting garment.
If not, you can still use it to polish your car. Good luck!