There is no sadness quite like doing a load of laundry only to realize that you shrunk it.
Thankfully, there’s a super easy hack that you can use to get your laundry back to its original form, and the only materials you really need are hair conditioner and water.
TikToker @sir_tyler_wright_the_1st shared the hack in his first TikTok video. “This has saved me hundreds of dollars, and I hope it helps you out as well,” he wrote in the caption. The hack has nine steps, but it’s much simpler than it sounds.
First, you need to fill a bucket with warm water. Add a tablespoon of any conditioner to the bucket, and mix around as best as you can. Put the shrunken garment into the bucket, and let it soak for 30 minutes. Remove the garment, and rinse out the conditioner with water from a sink.
This is where a little muscle comes in: Stretch the garment out by pulling on it until you feel it is close to its original size. Let it hang dry, and then put it on to confirm the hack’s success!
The method will work best with stretchable fabrics—cotton, wool, cashmere—as opposed to garments that have tighter weaves, like silk or polyester.
In the comments, a lot of people call the creator out for potentially tying his shirt in the back to make it look like it had shrunk.
Whether that’s the case or not, the hack is cleaning-company-verified and you can find it recommended on various blogs. If you’re skeptical, try it out on a shirt you’re not highly attached to first.
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