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Old 03-01-2010, 09:34 PM
 
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Specifically talking about shirts, a plain long sleeve cotton shirt that shrinks when washed, is it the washer or the dryer?
I washed these types of shirts with cold water and they still end up getting shrink. Is there a way to gaurantee that the shirt will never shrink?
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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There are two kinds of shrinkage. Progressive shrinkage occurs when the fiber itself shrinks. Wool fiber shrinks a little more each time it is washed, which is why wool is usually dry cleaned. Relaxation shrinkage is when the fabric shrinks. It is caused by the tension applied to yarns and fabrics during construction. The tension is released when the fabric is washed or steam pressed, causing it to shrink to its natural size. Most cotton fabric shrinkage occurs during the first wash.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:36 PM
 
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Are these 100% cotton twill dress shirts? Washing them in cold water is not the problem, that's fine as long as the wash and rinse cycle are both cold. Just do not dry them in the dryer, ever. Hang them to dry.
If they are not 100% cotton then what are they?
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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The washer or the dryer can shrink clothing.

For cotton, cold water wash/rinse and hanging to dry is the guaranteed way to not shrink. You can dry on the low dryer setting dryer safely if your dryer heat is accurate.

As mentioned, some fabrics shrink in cold water---for example, wool and rayon---without even making it to the dryer.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire
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shrinking clothing is an excuse for overeating....!
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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lol Nayabone!

overHeating is actually what does it. Don't wash 100% cotton in hot water or dry it really hot if you don't want it to shrink. Usually if you do, it will shrink in the first washing/drying and then not much more after that.
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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shrinking clothing is an excuse for overeating....!
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lol Nayabone!

overHeating is actually what does it.
No, sometimes it really IS overeating. I remember thinking that I had shrunk my clothes, but it turned out that I had gained a little weight instead!
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:23 PM
 
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Specifically talking about shirts, a plain long sleeve cotton shirt that shrinks when washed, is it the washer or the dryer?
I washed these types of shirts with cold water and they still end up getting shrink. Is there a way to gaurantee that the shirt will never shrink?
I admit, yes overeating can do this.

But for the OP, since you did wash in cold water, I suspect you dried the shirt too hot. That's usually what does it for me. Hot water washes have a cold water rinse usually, but it seems to be the heat of the dryer that "sets" the new size for good (or the stains, but that's a different problem)
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