Friday, November 02, 2007

Some advice...

No matter how tired you are or how busy you are, never, ever be tempted to put your favourite brown jumper in the washing machine on a cold wash. It is not the same as hand washing in cold water. It will shrink.


Your eleven year old daughter may be delighted as she will have gained a new jumper.

26 comments:

Deborah said...

Ok you can fix this!!! I have used this before and it worked on some materials, not on others, but it never damaged them, so if it doesn't work, Mollie will still have a new jumper!

Get a bottle of conditioner (cheap stuff VO5 or something is fine) and fill up the sink with luke warm water. Add the whole bottle of conditioner and stir until dissolved. Add the sweater and allow to soak for about an hour.

Gently pull and stretch it out. The conditioner will have softened the fibres back and it should work with you!

Wash on COLD! ;-)

Willowtree said...

I hate when that happens, or I would if I washed my clothes.

ChrisB said...

I do hope that Deborah's remedy works.

Alix said...

Oh no Beccy - nightmare. I hope Deborah's remedy works.

frannie said...

good luck with Deborah's remedy! I have my fingers crossed that it will work for you!

Sally Lomax said...

At least it was brown!

Asha said...

OMG! So sorry! I don't think you can fix this. Stretching doesn't work either.11yr old just got lucky!!:D

Lisa said...

I've heard of Deborah's remedy, and I was going to suggest it! Good luck.

Melissa said...

I wish I had heard of Deborah's remedy when I did this several years ago. I loved that gray wool sweater so!

Catwoman said...

That's just the worst! Let us know if the remedy works, because I'm sure I'm bound to do this again!

Catwoman said...

That's just the worst! Let us know if the remedy works, because I'm sure I'm bound to do this again!

Steffi said...

Oh Sorry!Now Mollie has a new jumper!I know that´s so sad!!!!

nikki said...

Oh! I hate it when that happens! That's almost worse than forgetting to check the husband's pockets and washing AND drying everything plus the ink pen that leaked over your favorite shirt in the whole wide world.

Update us if the conditioner treatment works!

Hannah said...

Oh no! That's a nightmare.

Let us know if what Deborah suggested works.

laurie said...

wow. what a bummer! it's a great sweater.

but trust deborah. she's the domestic goddess! i bet she knows what she's talking about. let us know.

enidd said...

enidd is always doing this. good luck with deborah's thing - enidd will be trying that next time.

my4kids said...

I've done that so many times it's not even funny. I've done the stretch thing before and it does work on some fabrics but not all. Hopefully this is one! It doesn't hurt to try because like she said it won't ruin it either way.

hellojed said...

Would you believe it, I was thinking about putting my extremely handwashable jumper in the washing machine. You've saved its life!

Carla said...

Yep, I've made that same mistake before. I'll have to remember that trick with the conditioner though.

Heather J said...

Never heard of this conditioner trick before, must try on one my own personal laundry blunders...

Kila said...

I learned something new about conditioner.

Good thing you have an 11-yr-old female in the house!

la bellina mammina said...

Happened to me before too, so am gonna keep Deborah's tip in mind:-)

lisa's chaos said...

I regret to say that I did that before. :(

Robin (the PENSIEVE one) said...

Yuck...I understand this from experience :/.

I wonder if Deborah's trick works...I've never heard of that before. If it does, I've gotten rid of a few sweaters prematurely.

Debbie said...

Oh nooooo!!!! LOL

Pamela said...

hmmmm. we share this flaw.
I always think the instructions are for someone else who doesn't own a wash machine with a knit cycle.