Baby clothes come in different fibers, which can also react in different ways during drying. Some of them require that you dry them just once, instead of doing so multiple times. Otherwise, they can shrink badly. Most manufacturers attach clear instructions on how to wash and dry various kinds of baby clothes. Other than that, some other techniques on how to dry baby clothes without shrinking are as follows:
1. Be Conversant with Label Guidelines
Fabrics come with manufacturing instructions on how they should be dried after each wash. The instructions come with step by step care rules of the clothes. They could include dryer cycle suggestions or information to do with home washing and dry cleaning.
Other instructions may guide you on how to use machine drier heat under different settings. It’s the reason you need to really read and understand all the drying rules to avoid clothes shrinking.
2. You can Air Dry
Usually; it’s the gentlest way of drying most baby clothes and known to prevent any kind of shrinkage.
But if say, the clothes are made of loosely woven fabrics, or they are knitted, the best method would be to dry them on a flat surface.
Other Drying Tips
Most fabrics can easily shrink if they are exposed to high heat in the drier. It is therefore important to know which kinds of fabrics are prone to this kind of problem. In this case, you can use the following methods to minimize shrinkage.
Use a much lower setting in the drier. You can then remove the baby clothes while they are still a little damp, and air dries them.
Sun drying is the friendliest and non-shrinkage method of drying. Besides, it has the effect of killing any kinds of bacteria that could have found their way in the clothes.
Do not leave the clothes to stay on the laundry line once they are already dry. Instead, remove them as soon as possible, and fold them.
If the baby clothes are woven or knit types, you may have to think of investing in a sweater drying rack. It basically uses room temperature, and it’s a perfect way to eliminate clothe shrinkage.
You can also utilize the cold water setting on your washing machine. It is much gentler than the heat setting.
If your dryer comes with a tumble setting, you can use the motion setting to dry the clothes. This setting is specifically used for more delicate types of clothing, including those ones that are susceptible to shrinking.
You can avoid baby clothes shrinking by not overly twisting and rubbing them too hard. Instead, you simply press out the water just once; especially if you are handwashing.
In the meantime, you need to know the kind of fabric your baby clothes are made from. It helps determine under what conditions you should be drying the same clothes.
For instance, a manufacturer’s instructions may insist on only certain ways of drying. It could be just air drying or drying under low heat settings.
Whichever, the case, you need to understand all washing and drying instructions that accompany any kind of baby clothing.