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How To Shrink Your Jeans To Fit Your Unique Shape & Size

You’ve probably seen those ads, the ones for jeans that claim that one brand or another has “a perfect fit” … or “fits you in all the right places” … or “hugs your curves”. Have you ever stopped and scratched your head, wondering, “Gee, how could any brand actually achieve this so-called perfect fit when each person’s body is unique?”

Well, that’s the problem – all jeans do fit perfectly … on somebody, but not on every body. For this reason many people decide they will take matters into their own hands by purchasing a pair of jeans, and then intentionally shrinking them until they achieve the desired custom fit.

With a bit of practice this is not hard to do. First, however, you must choose among several traditional methods. The techniques described below are the most popular. Before I give you step-by-step instructions, here are a few thinks to consider before beginning:

Method 1: Washing in Hot Water/Drying in Hot Dryer For this simple method, first wash your jeans using the washing machine’s hottest setting. When they are done remove them from the washer and try them on (yes, while they are still wet). If they have shrunk enough already then skip the dryer and let them air dry. If you would like them to shrink more then put them into the dryer, also on the hottest setting (usually “regular” or “normal” or “hot”). At this point you can check them every ten minutes, trying them on again each time to see if they have shrunk to the size you desire. If they are completely dry but you want to shrink more you can repeat the process for a bit more shrinkage.

Method 2: Hot Water Soaking  Fill your bathtub (or kitchen sink, or a large bucket) with very hot water. Immerse the jeans in the water, covering them completely, and let them soak for about 20 minutes. Remove from the water, wring out the excess water (or put them in the washer on the ‘spin” cycle for a few minutes), then try them on. If you want additional shrinking you can repeat this step, but also note that if you follow this up with a hot dryer the jeans may continue to shrink in the dryer as well.

Method 3: Boiling For the most shrinkage in the least time, take a large pot – one you would use for spaghetti -- and fill it with water, leaving enough room to add the jeans. Bring the water to a rolling boil, then add the jeans. You can leave them in the boiling water for 20-30 minutes, or you can take them out periodically to check the amount of shrinkage (see above). When you are done with that step dry the jeans on the hottest dryer setting. This method should shrink the jeans quickly and significantly.
Once your jeans are the size you want them to be you can maintain their size by washing them in cold water and hanging them to dry, or drying them in your dryer on the no heat setting.