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    Question Drying his clothes? Help?

    DH wants me to hang his clothes to dry so that they don't shrink. It's hard enough getting clothes that fit him, the last thing we want is for them to shrink (even the slightest bit especially his shirts), and him not able to wear them.

    The problem is, the weather doesn't usually cooperate so we hang the clothes around our house. Our house is too cold/damp for them to dry quickly enough. So the collars of his shirts (and my jeans) smell like stagnant water and it's REALLY gross.

    My question (as stupid as it actually might sound) is; Will drying our clothes in the dryer on cool make them shrink? I know it will take longer, but we're just mega-worried about the shrinkage factor.

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    I'm not sure Amy. I know someone once told me that after you have washed and hung something dry 3x's it will not shrik if you put it in the dryer. ??? I'm not sure if it works though.

    sorry I'm no help.

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    I thought if you dried them with cool air apose to hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan5kids View Post
    I'm not sure Amy. I know someone once told me that after you have washed and hung something dry 3x's it will not shrik if you put it in the dryer. ??? I'm not sure if it works though.

    sorry I'm no help.
    I'm not sure I want to test the theory LMAO! If I shrink one of his shirts that's $40 down the pooper.

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    i put our sweaters into the air dry only part and they are fine. i don't keep em in too long though. long enough they aren't wet but not til they are SUPER dry. then i fold them and put them on our beds for the day.

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    I hang all of our clothes to dry winter or summer. If you are hanging them in the basement, try bringing them up to the main level where it may not be as damp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madismom View Post
    I hang all of our clothes to dry winter or summer. If you are hanging them in the basement, try bringing them up to the main level where it may not be as damp.
    We are hanging them on the main level. The basement is even colder and damp-er than the main level. There's no air flow in this house, even with the windows open.

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    When air drying sweaters or other sensitive fabrics, 99% of the time I add fabric softener to the wash so they don't go all stiff and smelly (IMO), then when they are mostly dry, I put them in the dryer on low or no heat to “fluff“ up and get any residual dampness out.

    Only time I had "shrinkage" is when I tried this with wool.

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    They shouldn't dry on air, but it is going to take ages to dry. Consider getting a dehumidifier and sticking the wet clothes with it is a closed room. That should help with dampness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogomom View Post

    Only time I had “shrinkage“ is when I tried this with wool.
    LOL you said SHRINKAGE!!!!! LMAO

    Sorry..... carry on

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    We have a dehumidifier in our laundry room and when I can't hand things outside I hang them close to that and they dry in no time. Maybe that would work?

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