How to Stretch Jeans That Have Shrunk

Hard as you may try to keep your jeans as far away from the dryer as possible, it’s bound to happen. Whether a roommate tries to do you a favor or they hide between bath towels, your favorite denim can wind up feeling a size too small after a tumble in the dryer.

In those situations, it’s worth a little effort to get your jeans back to a comfortable state of affairs ASAP. Luckily, there are a few reliable ways to stretch denim up to about an inch.

So here are a few ideas—I hope one of them works for you!

1. Spray with water and do lunges.

Fill a spray bottle with lukewarm (not hot!) water and spray your jeans until they’re damp. Put them on an do lunges to loosen the denim grip in the rear and thighs. Plus, you’ll get some bonus exercise.

2. Spray with water and stretch manually.

If you’re not a fan of putting on wet clothes (who is, really), you can try spraying your jeans and then using your hands to stretch the jeans in every direction. With this one you get an upper-body workout.


3. Take a bath in your jeans.

Yes, this works. I actually got the idea for this post watching the trailer for Ginger and Rosa, the charming scene where the two girls are in a tub stretching their jeans.

Light some candles and relax for at least 15 minutes. When you get out of the tub, towel dry, try a few lunges or other stretches, and keep the jeans on for about 30 minutes. Hang dry (do not put in dryer).

That takes some serious commitment, but it works!

How do you stretch your jeans?

[Image credit: Selvedge Love]

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