At the first washing, some clothes shrink. What should I do before washing them in the washing machine to avoid shrinking them?
You need to specify the type of clothes and how did you wash them, but generally I would say :
- Don't use dryer
- Use low temperature (30°C)
The tags on your clothing give instructions on how to wash them. Here is a helpful reference image.
Generally speaking, natural fibers, such as cotton and wool, tend to shrink, industrial ones don't.
- Go one size up when you buy cloths which are made out of cotton or wool, or a material mix with a high percentage of natural fibers.
If you have the problem with cloths at home and you can't exchenage them for bigger ones at the store:
- Don't use a dryer but a drying rack AND
- stretch the cloths by hand while they are wet.
However, this will only help til the next wash.