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How To Unshrink a Wool Sweater

Your favorite sweater wound up in the dryer and is now only fit for a four-year-old? Fix it fast by doing the following.


  • Step 1: Stretch the sweater back into its original dimensions. Known as "blocking," this process pulls the unlocked wool fibers away from each other and back into the desired shape.
  • Step 2: Allow it to air dry. Next time you wash it, keep it out of the dryer!
  • FACT: Did you know? Wool is both fire resistant and – fiber for fiber – stronger than steel.
  • TIP: You can roll the sweater in a towel to remove excess water as long as you straighten it out again quickly.
  • Step 3: Lay the sweater out flat on an absorbent towel. Put another towel on top of it and press down on it hard to blot out as much water as you can.
  • Step 4: Add the sweater and let it soak for about 10 minutes to unlock the wool fibers.
  • Step 5: Let the water drain, but don’t rinse out the sweater. When the sink is empty, gently press the sweater against the basin to remove any excess water. Do not wring it.
  • Step 6: Fill your bathroom sink with lukewarm water and add 1/3 cup of hair conditioner.

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