How to shrink a cotton T-shirt
It is not always that you are able to find clothing that fits you exactly right. You may have purchased a T-shirt in a larger size because that was the only size available and you loved it too much to let a small matter of size prevent you from having it. Now what?
If you purchased a cotton T-shirt that is too big for you, the solution is a simple one. You can shrink the T-shirt to fit provided it has not been pre-shrunk. Check the label to ensure it does not indicate that it is ‘Pre-shrunk».
Adjust the water temperature on your washer to «hot» and adjust the water level for a small load.
Remove any tags from the cotton T-shirt and place in the washer. You do not need to use laundry detergent but if you are using coloured cotton T-shirt, there could be some colour loss. To prevent colour loss you can use a small amount of detergent designed to preserve colour.
When wash cycle is complete, place in dryer on high heat. The dryer also contributes to the shrinking process.
Remove the t-shirt and iron out any wrinkles. This allows you to get a more accurate assessment of the current size of the T-shirt.
Try on the T-shirt and assess if it is adequately shrunk to your liking. If not you may need to repeat the above process a few more times, but there is no guarantee that further shrinkage will occur.