And your sanity.
Remember that time your favorite sweater came out of the dryer fit for Paddington Bear? Remember that time you let that unthinkable, shrinkable laundry torpedo destroy your new favorite garment? Alas, there is hope.
As Country Living reports, you're well advised to take a long, deep inhale and slow, soothing exhale as you first assess the damage. Then, follow these steps to help revive your sweaters, cotton tees, and even jeans back from the Land of Middle Schoolers.
Start out by filling a sink with lukewarm water and a capful of baby shampoo or an equal amount of hair conditioner. Next, let your sweater soak in the mixture for around 10 minutes before draining the water and gently wringing excess water from your clothing.
How to Clean and Care for a Wool Sweater
Next, lay your garment on a towel on a flat surface. Roll the towel around the clothing to help absorb more water. At this point, your clothing or sweater should be damp, but not sopping wet. Lastly, put the sweater or other item on a clean, dry towel (again, on a flat surface) and carefully stretch out the garment while it is still damp. Let it stay on a flat surface until completely dry.
Note: If trying this with a wool sweater, you might want to up the amount of shampoo or conditioner you use. If trying this with a sweater that fit you nine seasons ago, you might want to try the department store. ;-)
You can check out a video by Howcast of the entire process here.