Whether your favourite pair of jeans have gotten looser from wear or is a tad bit tight around the waist from all that midnight drive-thrus’ we may have a solution for you. If you’re now on a budget want to wear your jeans with comfort why not scroll through our list of what you can do at home to shrink or stretch out your blues. It’s also a perfect DIY project to do for when you find a really nice denim at the thrift shop but in need of some size adjustments.
1. Increase heat of your washer and dryer
Wash your jeans using your normal washing cycle but put the water temperature high. The hot water and all the churning inside the washer will help to contract the fibers of the jeans. Use your everyday detergent and softener as per usual as it’ll help keep the jeans soft after it has shrunk.
2. Spot Shrinking
Our body isn’t built the same way with everybody so sometimes jeans can fit perfectly on your legs but a bit loose on the waist or bum area. Instead of shrinking the whole garment, try focusing on your problem area. Mix three parts hot water and one part softener into a spray bottle and give the bottle a good shake. Spray the area you want to fix making sure to soak it well. Throw the jeans in the dryer, set it to the highest temperature and watch the magic happen. Air drying won’t work in this case.
1. Wet and Stretch
Sometimes putting it in the hot dryer isn’t going to give us the result that we want especially if you weren’t looking to get a one size smaller pair of jeans. A super easy way you can is wet the affected area with lukewarm water. Lay the jeans flat on the floor, if you’re trying to fix the waistband, stand on one side of the leg of the jeans and start pulling and stretching the other end outwards. This method can also work if you want to lengthen the jeans. Again wet the area to stretch, this time stand on both side of the jeans, pick up the fabric opposite of where you’re standing an pull upwards.
This method can also work if you want to lengthen the leg of the jeans. Again wet the area to stretch, this time stand on both side of the jeans, pick up the fabric opposite of where you’re standing an pull upwards. Let it air dry completely before putting it on.
2. Do Workouts
Okay, this one might require a bit more effort and body movements. If you have a tub, soak yourself in it whilst wearing the jeans and start stretching it out. Once you’re done, squeeze out any excess water. Still, with the jeans on, you can incorporate leg workouts to help stretch out the jeans whilst it’s drying. Lay a towel on the floor and start doing some stretching exercises, maybe include some lunges or squats to loosen up the denim.
Allow it to dry for around 30 minutes before taking it off and air drying it outside. The time period will ensure that the jeans mold itself to fit your body shape for that perfect fit!