I honestly never thought I’m going to write about it, because I am allergic to wool and touching it on my bare skin for a while leaves red skin rashes and is unbearable itchy. But my friend accidentally put her favorite wool hat into laundry machine. In hot cycle. I do not need to explain what happened, right?
It seems pretty easy. Fill a big bowl of cool water and mix into it about a glass of cheap hair conditioner. Put your shrunken garment and let it soak for about half an hour.
Hair conditioner contains ingredient stearamidopropyl dimethylamine or behenamidopropyl dimethylamine. It relaxes and softens the wool or cashmere fibers. After soaking you should lay your garment on few towels (to absorb dripping water) and start stretching (do not rinse conditioner). Start stretching small patches of the item first, and keep moving to longer distances. After you feel happy with the size of the garment let it dry naturally. If, when it dryes, you are happy with the size, rinse it, to get the conditioner of. If it is still too small – try to repeat the process until you are happy with it.