How To Wash Cotton Clothes Without Shrinking?

To wash cottons in your washing machine, set it to use cold water and to wash on the delicate cycle.

Hot water shrinks cotton.

When the washing is over, line dry the clothes to prevent shrinking in the dryer.

Reshape cotton sweaters and other delicates and dry them flat on top of the dryer or on a drying rack.

How do I keep my clothes from shrinking in the wash?

To prevent your clothes from shrinking, wash them on your machine’s cold setting. You can also set it to delicates, which uses a slower, shorter spin cycle to avoid shrinking. If your clothes have any wool or cashmere in them, take them to a dry cleaner instead.

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.

Do clothes shrink in the washer or dryer?

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. Applying any kind of heat releases that tension, making the fibers return to their natural (and shorter!) state.

How do you make a shirt not shrink?

A few different things to consider:

  • You can always hang dry.
  • Wash with coldest water setting.
  • Test out your dryer on the lowest heat setting, buy a cheap shirt, wash it on cold, and throw it in the dryer on low.
  • Buy poly/cotton blend shirts or pre-shrunk cotton shirts to to avoid less/no shrinkage.