Everyone has a favorite pair of jeans hanging in their wardrobe. Finding a pair that fit just right can be tricky, sometimes, even after trying on numerous pairs, you still can’t find the ideal fit. The good news is that you don’t have to settle for ill-fitting jeans. If you find a pair that is just that little bit too big, we’re going to teach you how to shrink jeans at your Local Laundromat.
Why would I want to know how to shrink my jeans?
There are a number of reasons why you might want to learn how to shrink jeans. Common reasons include if you have lost weight and your jeans are now too big for you. Or you may how fallen in love with a pair of jeans at the store, but they are a little too big. In both of these scenarios shrinking your jeans will help you achieve a better fit and feel comfortable in your favorite pair of jeans.
Step 1. Check the label on your jeans
Before you attempt to shrink your jeans you should always check the label. Most jeans are made from 100% cotton, which will indicate they have the potential to shrink. Some jeans are made from a blend of cotton and synthetic fibers. If this is the case then your jeans may still shrink, but not as much as they would if they were all cotton.
Step 2. Wash your jeans using hot water
Now that you checked the label you’re ready to start the process. Once you have selected which washing machine you’d like to use wash your jeans using the ‘hot’ setting. Hot water is an essential part of the shrinking process as the combination of heat and water will encourage the fibers to shrink up. If you are worried about the colour in your jeans fading we suggest that you add some white vinegar to the wash. White vinegar will help set the colour in your jeans and prevent them from fading.
Step 3. Dry your jeans using a tumble dryer using the high setting
Now that you have washed your jeans it’s time to dry them, and again, heat is an important part of the process. You should choose the ‘high’ setting on our Dexter dryers when you dry your jeans to get the best results. Make sure that your jeans are completely dry before you take them out.
Step 4. Check the fit
Once your jeans are dry, try them on to see how they fit. If they’re still too big, repeat the process. Keep in mind that jeans can shrink up to one size, so don’t overdo it. You don’t want to end up with jeans that are too small.
Step 5. Wear in your jeans for the perfect fit
If your jeans have shrunk too much or don’t fit quite right after you have completed the process, don’t worry that’s normal. Put them on and do some squats, lunges, or leg stretches to help stretch them out. Alternatively, you can wear them around the house for a few hours to help them stretch out. The more you wear your jeans, the more they will stretch out to get that perfect fit.
Tips and Tricks on how to shink jeans
- Wash your jeans inside out to prevent fading.
- Don’t wash your jeans with other clothes. This can cause them to shrink unevenly.
- If you’re worried about the color fading, add a cup of white vinegar to the water.
- Don’t use fabric softener when washing your jeans. It can interfere with the shrinking process.
- If your jeans are too big in the waistband, try shrinking just the waistband by soaking it in hot water for a few minutes.
Shrinking jeans is a simple process that can help you achieve the perfect fit. Remember to check the label, wash your jeans in hot water, and dry them on high heat. If your jeans have shrunk too much, don’t worry. You can still stretch them back out.