Unfortunately, your washing machine and cotton clothes don't always get along. When this happens, you may be left with a garment a size smaller than when you started. Because of the looser way cotton sweaters are knitted, it's easier to resize them after a tangle with the washer than other types of clothing. If you prefer to get professional attention, a dry cleaner can help you -- but baby shampoo offers another simple method you can try from home without ruining your clothes.

Step 1

Measure out 1 tablespoon of baby shampoo.

Step 2

Add 1 quart of lukewarm water to a sink or bathtub.

Step 3

Add the tablespoon of baby shampoo to the water.

Step 4

Stir the solution together.

Step 5

Immerse your sweater in the solution, letting it soak for a couple of minutes.

Step 6

Remove the sweater, lightly wringing out excess water.

Step 7

Place the sweater on a large towel.

Step 8

Lay down another item of clothing next to the towel as a guide for your sweater's desired dimensions.

Step 9

Gently stretch your sweater out to your desired size.

Step 10

Place several coffee mugs or other heavy objects on the edges of your sweater so that it dries to the correct proportions.