How to shrink scrubs?

Q: I am a housewife and I want to make a scrub for my daughter I’d like to know how to shrink scrubs.

– Carlos Alfredo

A: Shrinking scrubs can be a bit tricky because different materials respond to heat and water differently. However, here is a general method you can use to try and shrink scrubs that are too large:

  1. Wash Your Scrubs: Machine wash your scrubs in hot water. The heat from the water can help the fibers in the fabric contract, leading to a smaller size.
  2. Dry Your Scrubs: After washing, immediately put your scrubs in the dryer on the highest heat setting. The heat from the dryer can further help the fabric to shrink.
  3. Repeat if Necessary: If your scrubs haven’t shrunk enough after one cycle, you can repeat the process. However, be careful not to overdo it, as excessive washing and drying can lead to fabric damage.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Check the Label: Always check the care label on your scrubs before attempting to shrink them. Some fabrics can’t handle high heat and may become damaged or overly wrinkled.
  • Shrink Gradually: It’s better to shrink the scrubs gradually rather than trying to shrink them dramatically all at once. This gives you more control over the final size and reduces the risk of the scrubs becoming too small.
  • Consider Professional Alterations: If your scrubs are significantly too large, you might want to consider having them professionally altered. This can give you a better fit than trying to shrink them yourself.

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