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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenCleaning & Laundry · 1 decade ago

what causes clothing to shrink, will my shirt shrink?

i had bought a shirt that is 93% cotton and 7% spandex.. will this shirt shrink?? not in length, but otherwise? like around my body??

what causes clothing to shrink? is it both the washing and drying, or just the drying??

if i wash and just lay flat to dry, will it shrink?

should i just return it and get a different size?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    McDonalds.

    (And heat/drying.)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Heat causes shrinkage. Cotton will shrink if put in the clothes dryer. So, if you intend to dry your shirt in the dryer then yes, return it for a bigger size. And it will cause it to shrink both ways = length and girth. So will using hot water. It is kinder to clothes to use cold water and use a suitable washing detergent for this purpose like Cold Power. Works just as well in cold and hot water but specially designed for cold water.

    You should wash in cold water then lay flat on a rack to dry or on a hanger but gently pull into shape before you do so. It wont shrink this way.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The link below helps explain what causes clothes to shrink. In short, shrinking is caused by the way the fibers are stretched when the clothes are made (the washer and dryer only allow the fibers to return to their original state before being woven into clothing items). Read on.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    More than likely it will if you put it in the dryer.

    Its the cotton in clothing being put in a dryer.

    If you wash it and let it hang dry it won't shrink.

    Next time buy either a bigger size or something with less cotton. Or you can always just hang dry your "high in cotton" clothes.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It'll still shrink yes.

    It has to be wet first in order for it to shrink.

    If you lay it flat out to dry, it will not shrink

    You could get a bigger size and then wash it and shrink it to fit. I usually do that.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    always read the label before you wash a new item, it sounds as if it should have been washed at 30 or 40 degrees, if you have used a higher temperture that's why it has shrunk, tumble dryers can also shrink clothes.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The washer can shrink clothes, not just the dryer. Because it has spandex in it, it will shrink over time.

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  • 1 decade ago

    spandex tends to shrink with heat or hot water

    wash it with cold water and hang dry

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  • kj
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    1 decade ago

    Wash it in cold water, and dry it flat, or hang it, and it shouldn't shrink.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    wash it in cold water and hang to dry

    hwat causes it to shrink is warm water washing adn then dryer.

    basically the heat.

    if you can and it looks too tight

    go ahead and take it back and you can shrink it if its not big!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    wool shrinks

    100% cotton shrinks

    buy clothing that has part cotton part another fabric

    use cold water when washing these items and don't put them in the dryer at all.

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