How To Keep Clothes From Stretching In The Wash
Downy® Fabric Conditioner lubricates the fabric of your garments, making them more fluid, so garments can return to their original shape more easily after being stretched.
Check the care label
Whether it’s dry clean only, hand wash in cold water, or machine wash normal, the manufacturer’s label will be your first line of defense to making sure your garments don’t shrink or stretch during washing and drying. Find out more about how to read care labels.
Care for your garments with fabric conditioner
Garments may stretch from the agitation, spinning and tumbling during the washing and drying process. Downy® Fabric Conditioner lubricates the fabric of your garments, making them more fluid, so that clothes can return to their original shape more easily.
Take air drying for a spin
Never wring your garments out before drying. To remove excess moisture before laying your garment flat to dry, shape it flat on a thick, clean bath towel, and roll it up from the bottom, pressing out water as you go. Depending on the size of the garment, you can also use your salad spinner to remove extra water—it’s gentler than your washing machine
Lay those fibers flat
Lay clothes flat on a laundry screen rather than hanging them to dry. In particular, heavy clothes such as knits and cottons will stretch out over time when they’re hung to dry.
Get the hang of it
When hanging clothes in the closet, use hangers that fit well. If the hanger is too large or too small, the top can stretch out of shape. If you’re hanging a garment without a button or zipper closure, tuck the hanger up through the bottom of the garment until the hook emerges from the neckline—don’t force the hanger through the neck hole.
Fold for a better fit
Folding your sweaters and T-shirts and storing them flat will help them hold their shape longer—using hangers can stretch them out.
Button it up
Unbutton the buttons and unzip the zippers when you’re putting on and taking off garments. Not taking these steps can stretch out your clothes.
Protect your clothes with Downy
More tips for the clothes you love
Did you know?
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