This is why most cotton clothing will shrink during its first washing.
The best way to avoid shrinkage is to wash them by hand or to use cold water and the delicate cycle of your washing machine.
Ideally, your clothes that are made of natural fibers should never see the inside of your dryer.
How do you prevent clothes from shrinking?
Tips To Prevent Your Clothes From Shrinking:
- Dry your clothes on the lowest heat setting possible.
- Consider investing in a sweater drying rack (uses room-temperature air) to dry your wool and all-cotton garments.
- Read, and follow, the care instructions on your garments’ labels.
- Avoid drying your clothes multiple times.
What causes clothes to shrink in the wash?
Washing clothes in hot water (or drying them using hot air) shrinks the fabric. Although fibers of polymer are naturally short, they are stretched out when made into clothes. Because cotton and wool both absorb quite a bit of water, they will shrink faster, so you should wash those garments in cold water.
Do all clothes shrink in the dryer?
Drying clothes in the tumble dryer can shrink your clothes for two reasons: Most textiles and fabrics shrink when exposed to high heat, and tumble dryers use heat to remove moisture and dry your clothes. The tossing motion can cause fibres to constrict, thus shrinking your clothes.
Does cotton shrink every time you wash it?
Most wool will shrink every time if you don’t wash it properly (dryclean or washed in cold water then laid flat to dry). 100% cotton that wasn’t preshrunk will shrink the first time, and perhaps a little the next time or two, but that can be avoided if you don’t put it in the dryer.