How to Stop Shrinkage. Don't Know What Else to Do!

monicakm_gwAugust 30, 2011

I've been living with this problem for years. Our nice clothes, shirts in this case, are ALWAYS washed in cold water, gentle cycle and never EVER put in the dryer, yet after several washings they've shrunk (mostly in length). I've even bought a size larger to make up for this but that really isn't the answer since the shirt is too large elsewhere.

Is there ANYthing else I can do. Material content ranges from 100% cotton to cotton/polyester, cotton/polyester/spandex and cotton/spandex.

Hope there is some magic product I can put in the wash to stop the shrinkage!



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I have shirts that have done that too.. mostly ones from Belk Dept store, every single one of my t shirts from Belk shrink in length. My shirts from Kohl's never do that, neither do my Faded Glory from Walmart and they are cheap...I too wash mine in cold water and hang or lay to dry. I think it's just the fabric, nothing you are doing...

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 10:10AM
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If you have hard water and are using detergents with sodium carbonate or other precipitating ingredients, you may have some mineral buildup in your clothes that is causing them to lose shape. I can't think of what else it could be.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2011 at 10:12PM
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I don't think I have hard water but it's definitely different than it used to be. We've lived here 30 years. Water company says it's the lack of phosphates that.
I rarely take anything to the cleaners. A coat from time to time or DH's jeans to be starched. I wonder if they'd shrink if I took them to the cleaners?

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 5:03PM
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It is frustrating. Clothing is being made more and more cheaply off-shore because consumers will not pay the appropriate price, anymore, for quality garments. Clothing prices have not climbed like other prices and inflation. But I digress....

This past Spring, I returned three pairs of slacks to an online retailer, because they all shrank one inch in the inseam after I had washed & dried then even more conservatively than the care label suggested. It was the only thing I could do. Since that retailer guarantees customer happiness (and I was not happy), they refunded me fully.

As for your laundry shrinkage, I can't think of anything else you can do and you should not have to take them to be dry cleaned unless the care label states that.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 5:35PM
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