Shrinking T-Shirts


When I see this on the tag of a t-shirt I laugh so hard. Everybody knows that t-shirts shrink. I’ve purchased t-shirts and worn them once only to find them shrinking after they go through the wash and dryer. Then they don’t fit right.

My suggestion: The first 5 times you wash a new t-shirt DON’T put it in the dryer. Instead, hang it on a hanger and let it dry. The heat causes the t-shirt to shrink. See this Google Answers article for some extra tips and information. And this guide: How to Buy T-Shirts.

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

5 replies on “Shrinking T-Shirts”

Cool stuff Chris! I usually omit drying my clothes in a dryer unless I plan on using them for working out or wearing around the house. The only drawback being that I usually end up ironing them afterwards since they usually dry with wrinkles. That’s not to say that not drying them keeps them looking newer, yet I have had some items that have lasted me for quite a while by not drying them in a dryer as often.

I find that popping t-shirts (grabbing the top or bottom and whipping through the air) a few times works to restore most t-shirts to a more comfortable fit after they’ve been dried.

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