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i can get stains out most times and my diapers come clean, but DH complains about how i shrink his pants. My ex fiancee complained of this as well. they never shrank until i started doing them. the thing is, i did the laundry the same way he did. 

 

i wash in cold and dry on the not hottest setting. i use tide free and clear detergent and snuggle fabric softener. my dryer has an auto setting that turns it off if they sense the clothes are dry before the timer runs out. 

 

DH always buys the same length pants (since before i met him). and they always shrink up 4 inches. but the waist doesnt shrink too much. my pants do the same thing but i just started buying longer pants a long time ago, like when i was 14. 

 

Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong? Or do jeans just do this now?


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i can get stains out most times and my diapers come clean, but DH complains about how i shrink his pants. My ex fiancee complained of this as well. they never shrank until i started doing them. the thing is, i did the laundry the same way he did. 

 

i wash in cold and dry on the not hottest setting. i use tide free and clear detergent and snuggle fabric softener. my dryer has an auto setting that turns it off if they sense the clothes are dry before the timer runs out. 

 

DH always buys the same length pants (since before i met him). and they always shrink up 4 inches. but the waist doesnt shrink too much. my pants do the same thing but i just started buying longer pants a long time ago, like when i was 14. 

 

Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong? Or do jeans just do this now?

 

It's probably the dryer, even if you are using a low setting. The combination of heat (even low heat) and agitation will cause shrinkage. Try hanging them to dry. If you don't have a line or a rack, you can drape them over a hanger and use the shower rod. 


I wash cotton pants - jeans, khakis, etc. - in cold water and then hang to dry. 

 

I send wool pants to the drycleaners. 

 

I don't use fabric softener, but I don't think that would cause shrinkage. Aside from potential skin sensitivity problems, it will interfere with absorbency, so it's not useful for towels and diapers. 

 

 

 

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Hang dry all his clothes.  IF he complains then hand him a scale.  Seriously.  DH tried to tell me I shrunk his favorite pants a few times... right.  His cheese cake addiction shrunk his pants.

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i cant hang dry. my skin is sensitive to the roughness. DH and I would have rubbed raw skin. i guess he will just have to get used to buying longer pants. i did just wash and dry a load of pants and my brand new maternity pants didnt shrink in the legs. 


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you can always hang dry his pants and then run them through the dryer on a low heat setting to soften them up a bit afterwards.

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What's the material of the pants? I wash all my jeans on cold or warm then stick them in the dryer and they never ever shrink.


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What's the material of the pants? I wash all my jeans on cold or warm then stick them in the dryer and they never ever shrink.



 

they are all regular blue jeans.


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I always wash with cold water and dry on low and never have pants shrinking.

I would try hanging them to dry and just put them in the dryer for a few minutes to soften.


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I'd tell him to do his on laundry. But that's me.


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You can also try "snapping" them to get them a little softer after line drying (if you don't want to make a seperate dryer trip)... you know, like guys do in the locker room with towels.  Snapping them a few times softens them pretty dramatically... if they're still really rough, it might be from detergent that isn't getting rinsed out and you can try using less detergent.

 

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Hang them to dry.  Some brands of clothing are just very prone to shrinkage though, so don't feel too bad about the length problem.  He can always buy longer pants next time.


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