How to Stretch Sweaters with Baby Shampoo

Whether you are trying to breath new life into an old sweater or you want to make a “too small” sweater fit better, you can add length and pliability to your woven garment by washing it with a little baby shampoo.

Steps

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    Make sure the sweater can be hand washed. Most sweaters can endure either a little hand washing, however a quick check of the tag will ensure you won’t destroy the sweater with this washing attempt.
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    Locate a small tub, baby shampoo and consider using purified water, especially if your home has well water. Well water can transform the sweater’s color so using bottled, purified or distilled water might be your best bet.
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    Fill tub with warm water. If the water is too cold, it may not do the job with getting the sweater to stretch; too hot and you may damage the sweater fibers.
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    Add a capful of baby shampoo to water and mix until suds form. Use your hands to do the mixing, as you want the shampoo to be well distributed throughout the tub water.
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    Add sweater to tub and allow it to soak. Use your hands to swish sweater around in the water and then allow it to sit in the water for a few minutes (no need to soak this overnight unless you are trying to remove a stain).
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    Place sweater in a waiting towel and roll in order to remove excess water. Rolling the sweater in the towel will help to remove residual water.
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    Mold sweater back into shape and then lay flat in a cool, dry area. Never crumple the sweater or else it will get/smell moldy. Also, a humid area will only harbor bacteria on your sweater so its imperative you locate a place that is cool and dry.

Tips

  • Never machine-wash your sweater, especially if it is cashmere. Machine washing will damage the fabric and form of your sweater.

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