Everyone knows that doing laundry is far from a pleasant weekend activity. It's a pain in the ass, it costs money, and it can often be time-consuming. But worst of all, in doing your laundry, you can make your clothes practically unwearable thanks to shrinkage. We've all ruined a favorite shirt this way, but have you ever stopped and wondered how it even happens?
A new video from the Discovery Channel's DNews offers a simple explanation of the chemistry behind exactly why some of our clothes tragically shrink in the wash and how to make sure it never happens to you again.
As you may know from that time you had to say goodbye to your new favorite sweater, clothes made with natural materials like cotton, wool, and silk are the worst when it comes to unfortunate shrinkage. This is because the heat and energy these types of clothes are exposed to in the laundry machine basically causes the fibers to return to their naturally curly state. In fact, there are three different kinds of shrinkage -- relaxing, felting, and consolidation -- that are all helpfully explained in the video. Watch and you might just learn something new.
When it comes to avoiding shrinkage, DNews recommends checking out the washing and drying instructions on your clothes' tags and to avoid heat and hot water when you're not sure. Pretty simple, right?