How To Unshrink Jeans?

If your favorite pair of jeans have suddenly become much smaller than you remember, never fear! This article will teach you how to unshrink jeans quickly and easily.

You can go from feeling frustrated to being able to wear your favorite pair of jeans in no time at all. All it takes is a few simple steps and the right supplies, which can be found around the house.

Jeans are the go-to item in any wardrobe. They’re comfortable, versatile, and relatively long-lasting. But what happens when you accidentally shrink your favorite pair of jeans?

It’s a nightmare that no one wants to experience! However, it doesn’t have to be a complete loss. With a few simple steps and some patience, you can save your jeans from shrinking!

By avoiding the dryer you can save your favorite jeans from shrinking. It is better to avoid washing in the washing machine. Try to remove excess moisture.

How To Unshrink Jeans?

How To Unshrink Jeans

When jeans are accidentally shrunk in a dryer, it can be difficult to undo the damage. To avoid this, you should always turn your jeans inside out before washing and air-dry them instead of throwing them in the dryer.

If your jeans were already shrunk by a dryer, there are some tricks that you can use to unshrink them. It is good news that baby shampoo or hair conditioner is the best to unshrink jeans.

Unshrink The Jeans With Hair Conditioner

A hair conditioner is a great alternative to a fabric conditioner when it comes to unshrinking a pair of jeans. It works by coating the individual fibers of the fabric and preventing them from shrinking further.

This makes for an effective way to restore your jeans back to their original size or at least close to it. The key is to use a moisturizing hair conditioner that won’t damage the material of your jeans while still providing the necessary lubrication.


Before adding the water and hair conditioner to your spray bottle, make sure to read the instructions on the package of conditioner. Depending on which type of conditioner you are using, there can be different parts ratios for them.

Usually, 3:1 is a good ratio for water to hair conditioner mix. Once you have measured out the proper amounts, pour both into the bottle and screw on the lid. Make sure to shake it up really well so that everything is mixed together properly before using it.

When spraying this solution onto your denim jeans, pay attention to how much you’re using – too much could leave unsightly white residue all over your jeans.

Start with a light mist layer and then move up from there if needed, depending on how thick or thin your fabric is. Once you’ve sprayed enough of the solution onto your jeans (make sure not to saturate them).

Use a pair of gloves or an old toothbrush/rag to massage it into each area until fully soaked in, and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.

Luke Warm Water To Unshrink The Jeans

How To Unshrink Jeans

An old trick passed down through generations, lukewarm water is the perfect way to unshrink your jeans so they fit just right again. When using lukewarm water to unshrink jeans, it is important to keep in mind the water temperature.

If the water is too hot, the fibers in the fabric can break down and cause shrinkage. However, if the water is not hot enough, then it won’t be able to undo any of the shrinkages that have already occurred. Therefore, it’s best to stick with lukewarm water when attempting to unshrink your jeans.


To measure the amount your jeans have shrunk, you need to get a flexible measuring tape, such as one used for sewing. Measure your jeans from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the hemline. Make sure that you keep it flat and don’t stretch your jeans too much while taking measurements.

Compare this measurement to how long they were when you bought them. This will give you an idea of how much they have shrunk.

Once the measurements are taken, fill a spray bottle with lukewarm water and spritz your jeans with it until they’re damp but not soaked through. If your jeans are heavily shrunken, then use hot water instead.

Once they’re damp, put them on and begin stretching out each leg by hand in circular motions starting at the ankle area and moving up toward the waistband. As you do so, pull gently on each side in order to stretch out any tight areas or wrinkles that may have developed due to shrinkage.

Continue stretching until you reach desired shape and fit for your jeans before letting them air dry or dry with a hairdryer set on low heat setting if needed.

Use Baby Shampoo

How To Unshrink Jeans

Baby shampoo can be used when fabric softener is not available to help unshrink clothes. It works in the same way as a fabric softener, although it was designed for baby hair and not for fabrics. 


To use baby shampoo to unshrink your jeans, start by filling a tub or sink with lukewarm water and add 1/4 cup of baby shampoo. After the mixture is homogenous, put the jeans into the solution and let them sit for around 15 minutes.

Gently massage the area that has shrunk until you feel it loosen up, then rinse off with cold water to prevent further shrinking. Once completely rinsed, lay flat on a towel or drying rack out of direct sunlight. 

The best way to check this is to try on the jeans and see if they fit comfortably. If not, you can repeat the process of wetting them in lukewarm water with a few drops of baby shampoo and then stretching them into shape.

Once you are happy with the level of stretch, air drying your jeans is essential for preserving their shape. Hanging them on a clothesline or laying them flat on a towel will ensure that your jeans dry at a natural pace without any risk of further shrinking or stretching. Make sure they are completely dry before storing them away or wearing them again. 


In conclusion, it is possible to unshrink your jeans, and there are multiple techniques you can use. From washing the jeans with shampoo and conditioner to soaking them in warm water and fabric softener, you are sure to find a method that works for you. With some patience and perseverance, your jeans should be back to their original size in no time!


Rita Wood is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fashiontrack.net, a style blog helping women develop their own fashion sense. After working 10 years in the fashion industry, Rita combined her passion for writing and fashion to create Fashiontrack in 2022. When she's not blogging, Rita is chasing after her two young daughters, binge-watching runway shows, or searching for the perfect pair of jeans.

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