How to Shrink Socks- Simple & Effective Guidance to Shrink Socks


Shrinking is a process in which anything reduces its size and become smaller. Similarly, shrinking different clothes gives different results. Before washing any “fabric,” you must read out its precautions, like which thing is not safe to use on that specific cloth. Let’s talk about different material stuff such as cotton shrinks the best, while leather gets ruined rather than shrink compared to polyester shrinks less. Now in this “article,” I will elaborate on how to shrink socks.

If you buy cloth, you must prefer pre-shrunk clothes as these clothes don’t put you in a troublesome situation. Similarly, people buy a “pair of socks” that they like to wear, but sometimes, when you buy socks, they do not fit in your foot, and you want a better solution. Like other clothes stuff, socks are also available in different materials such as “wool socks,” cotton socks, and “polyester socks.” If you face the same problem, I mentioned above, and then you can “shrink socks” to reduce its size so that it perfectly fits on your foot.”

The madelinetosh socks have 100% superwash wool with lacking nylon entirely. These socks don’t shrink while putting them in the washing machine. Similarly, the fluorite socks wholly knit from the collection of other socks, which is a combination of 75% of superwash wool while 25% of nylon blends.

How to Shrink Socks: Procedure

Step 1: Washing the socks:

  • “Washing machine” setting: Set the washing machine to hot.
  • Most fabrics shrink with heat, so use the “hottest setting” for your cotton or wool socks.
  • It’s not necessary to only shrink socks in the washing machine with the “hot setting”; you can also put another load of clothes which can be washed on hot settings.
  • If you wash the polyester or “synthetic material,” put the machine in a “cold water” setting. 
  • If you shrink the synthetic material in “hot water,” it doesn’t give you the same result.
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  • Wash the socks on the longest setting:
    • This “process” is the most usable way that everybody prefers on their 1st try.
    • If you put the socks shrinking in a short time setting, the socks will have less time to respond to the hot water, so always give the machine time to penetrate heat inside the socks.
    • To get the best result checks the “socks mid-way”; it means check 1 or 2 times during washing to get the exact result you want.
    • For wool socks, but less time on.
    • If you are going to wash merino wool socks, then don’t expose them to much heat; otherwise, it will destroy the merino wool fibers.
    • Merino garments should be machine wash at low temperatures. If you are washing in the washing machine, then put the machine on hand wash mode.
    • When the wash cycle is complete, please remove it from washing.
    • If you are not satisfied with the final results, put the socks for the drying method for extra shrinkage.

“Step 2”: Shrinking socks by drying:

  • Sock your socks:
  • Before drying in the “air dryer,” sock the socks into the “warm water” or cold water to give proper heat, which will give you a better result.
  • Any cotton fabric with 100% composition will work with the methods shown above.
  • Due to natural fiber structure, if you shrink the wool socks, don’t expose much heat on wool as you expose on other “fiber.”
  • “Tumble dry” the socks to prevent over shrinkage, don’t over-dry them. So, check it in midway so that when it reaches its exact size, you can stop drying at the same moment.
  • Allow the socks to cool down, and then put them again in the dryer if you are not satisfied with the results.
  • Similarly, as you are washing the cotton sweater, then shrink it in cold water rather than hot water. Instead, please put it in the machine dryer. Use the air dryer to dry the cotton sweater as cotton garments shrink after the 1st wash. 
  • But make sure the fabric is 100% cotton.
  • If it’s not 100% cotton, it can still be a shrink, but it doesn’t give you the exact result.
  • If the fabric is 100% cotton but pre-shrink, then you will need to utilize your options.
  • According to research, woven cotton shirts can shrink anywhere from 1-3%.
  • If you got a problem with your 100% cotton fabrics, you could buy a black RIT dye box from the laundry department. Now you only have to follow the instructions to get your color back.

Step 3: Shrinking by boiling:

  • Find a large pot to boil water:
  • 1st of all, take a large pot, put water and boil it.
  • If your socks are too old or pre-shrunk socks, then the socks will need extra heat to shrink them.
  • Now put the socks in boiling water and boil it until it shrinks.
  • Before doing all of this process, take safety measures, and keep this boiling pot out of the children and pet’s reach to avoid injury.
  • Boil the socks for 10 minutes or longer for a visible change in size.
  • Transfer socks from boiling water to the dryer:
    • By using a spatula, remove the socks from the water and place them in the dryer.
    • Discard the leftover water.
  • Tumble dry the socks:
    • Dry boiled socks using the hot dryer setting possible.
    • After the load cycle is complete, please remove it from the dryer.
    • Let the socks to come on the room temperature.
    • Now check the size.
    • If you are dissatisfied with the results, then repeat the process. 
    • Instead of giving 10 minutes, give more time to socks to boil.
    • Repeat the process until you satisfy with the results.

How to Shrink Socks: FAQ Section

How do you shrink socks that are too big?

You can use either the boiling method or the drying method. Before drying in the “air dryer,” sock the socks into the “warm water” or cold water to give proper heat, which will give you a better result. Due to natural fiber structure, if you shrink the wool socks, don’t expose much heat on wool as you expose on other “fiber.” “Tumble dry” the socks to prevent over shrinkage, don’t over-dry them. So, check it in midway so that when it reaches its exact size, you can stop drying at the same moment. Allow the socks to cool down, and then put them again in the dryer if you are not satisfied with the results.

The other method is boiling:

  • If your socks are too old or pre-shrunk socks, then the socks will need extra heat to shrink them.
  • Now put the socks in boiling water and boil it until it shrinks.
  • Before doing all of this process, take safety measures, and keep this boiling pot out of the children and pet’s reach to avoid injury.
  • Boil the socks for 10 minutes or longer for a visible change in size.

How do you shrink socks without a dryer?

  • Put the socks in the washing machine to shrink without a dryer. Set the washing machine to hot. Most fabrics shrink with heat, so use the “hottest setting” for your cotton or wool socks. It’s not necessary to only shrink socks in the washing machine with the “hot setting”; you can also put another load of clothes which can be washed on hot settings.
  • Wash the socks on the longest setting: This “process” is the most usable way everybody prefers on their 1st try. If you put the socks shrinking in a short time setting, the socks will have less time to respond to the hot water, so always give the machine time to penetrate heat inside the socks. To get the best result check the “socks mid-way”; it means check 1 or 2 times during washing to get the exact result you want. When the wash cycle is complete, please remove it from washing. If you are dissatisfied with the final results, put the socks for the drying method for extra shrinkage.

Do cotton socks shrink?

In the same way, as you wash the cotton socks, shrink them in cold water rather than hot water. Instead, please put it in the machine dryer. Use the air dryer to dry the cotton socks as cotton garments shrink after the 1st wash. Again, as I mentioned above, be sure your fabric is 100% cotton that you want to shrink it.

Conclusion

To conclude this topic, “shrinking clothes” will give your clothes a new life as if I talk about your old and loose clothes or if I say you lose your weight and want to fit inside your clothes then the simple way is to shrink your cloth. To shrink the fabric, you can use different washing clothes of different materials with hot/cold water in the washing machine or tumble-drying or using the boiling method. Take precautions if you are shrinking socks of wools or polyester socks, then always use cold water as using hot water will not give you the accurate result. Now you know how to shrink clothes.

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