There is nothing
worse than pulling your laundry out of the dryer only to discover
that you have accidentily put your favorite wool sweater through
the dryer and it has shrunk. If you have a sweater that has
shrunk, there is one thing you can do to try to unshrink it
and bring it back to its true shape, although they do not
always work depending on the exact fibre composition of the
yarn. But it is always worth trying before you give it to
the thrift store to fit someone three sizes smaller than you.
Fill the laundry
tub or bath with a few inches of warm water and add a generous
amount of hair conditioner. Gently work the solution through
the entire sweater, kneading the sweater as you go. Pull it
out of the water and place on a stack of bath towels (since
the sweater will be soaking wet) and then gently stretch the
sweater into the former shape. Allow to dry in a cool room
- DO NOT use any heat to dry the sweater. Repeat if needed.
Then wash again as usual, being sure to rinse fully to remove
the conditioner, and lay flat to dry.