Almost everyone has experienced that moment of discovering an item of clothing had found its way into the wrong washing load, and emerged a quarter of its original size.

But before tossing it in the bin or donating it to charity (or your daughter's doll's wardrobe), there could be a DIY trick to restoring the clothing - and the secret it baby shampoo.

Homemaking bloggers have shared a simple method they say will 'unshrink' your clothes, using the baby shampoo, a bucket and some lukewarm water.

Baby shampoo: To resize shrunken clothes try put a third of a cup or a lid full of baby shampoo or conditioner in a bucket of lukewarm water 

Then add a lid full or 1/3 of a cup of baby shampoo or condition to the warm water and let the clothing soak in the soapy water for half an hour.

After half an hour, remove the piece of clothing, wring out excess water, and lay it flat on a dry towel. 

Dryer disaster: Others have successfully tried the DIY hack to bring back those essential extra inches back into their clothes, however the resizing solution will not work for woollen garments 



One person wrote: 'This worked for me! I didn't have baby shampoo so I used hair conditioner per another comment and my 100% rayon pants are saved.'

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