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    Does Warm Water Shrink Clothes?

    I always wash clothes in cold water, but I wasn't paying attention and right now my jeans, cotton shirts and pants are in a warm cycle with a cold rinse. I know hot water can shrink clothes---what about warm?
    (I always air dry my clothes.)

    I'm so upset about this!
    “It is not a sign of good health to be well adjusted to a sick society”.----Krishnamurti

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    I haven't found warm water to shrink my clothing. What I have found to shrink is the dryer. I never dry my clothing except for the raggedy stretched out stuff that I don't wear in the presence of other humans.

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    I almost always wash warm, rinse cold. dry on low or at the most medium for cotton towels. Nothing every shrinks. Rarely rarely use hot anything for washing or drying.
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    I have had some things I had to wash hot and worried about shrinking -- but hung dry, they were fine, It is the heat when drying that is the biggest threat for shrinkage. The fibers contract as they dry

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    Thanks! You've made me feel better-----but tomorrow will tell the tale for sure (assuming they are dry, which I think they will be).
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    Quote Originally Posted by EllenL View Post
    Thanks! You've made me feel better-----but tomorrow will tell the tale for sure (assuming they are dry, which I think they will be).
    Lucky to be in GA-- I always air-dry my clothes, too, and washed jeans yesterday so they'd be dry by tomorrow afternoon but (although sunny) it is cool up here so they might be a *tad* damp...
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    I mostly wash in warm and dry on medium, and rarely does anything shrink -- except jeans, which stretch right out again. The exceptions are things that must be washed in cold water. They get dried on low, and are always okay. I have the Duet Sport machines (front-loaders), and I'm very happy with the variety of wash/dry options!
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    I have always washed most of our clothes in warm water. I believe it is the hot dryer that is the culprit in shrinking clothes. And for me, eating chocolate seems to have a similar effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy_G View Post
    I have always washed most of our clothes in warm water. I believe it is the hot dryer that is the culprit in shrinking clothes. And for me, eating chocolate seems to have a similar effect.
    LOL! It's the closet that does it! Leaving clothes in the closet makes them smaller, season to season! (Welcome to the BB, Kathy_G!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy_G View Post
    I have always washed most of our clothes in warm water. I believe it is the hot dryer that is the culprit in shrinking clothes. And for me, eating chocolate seems to have a similar effect.
    Welcome, Kathy. Hopefully, we will 'see' more of you. Now, speaking of pierogis.... Can we talk on the food board? Our very good friends are from Monesson.[sp]

    There is a very well known detergent that reports not to shrink clothes. HUH? Since when did detergent shrink clothes? I wash everything but towels in cold water, 5 or so minutes in the dryer to get those washing machine wrinkles out, and then air dry. Some times I will seam up my jeans, and give them a good 'tug' to lengthen them. No problem.

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