What it DID involve was a sink full of lukewarm water, a capful of baby shampoo and two large beach towels. That’s it!
Here’s the HOW-TO:
Fill a sink with lukewarm water and add a capful of baby shampoo into the water. (Many tutorials I read said to use CONDITIONER…but this made more sense to me…so this is what I used.)
Let the item soak in the baby shampoo water and gently work it through. This will relax the fibers in the clothing.
Remove the garment from the shampoo water and gently squeeze it out. Do NOT rinse it.
Take a large towel and lay the clothing flat on it.
Roll the towel up with the clothing inside it.
Your goal is to absorb the extra moisture, so your clothing is damp but not wet.
Then, get another dry towel and put the piece of clothing out on the dry towel.
Gently stretch the clothing item as it lays out to dry.
Continue to do this until the clothing item returns to its original size. Allow the item to air dry on the towel.
Being the impatient person that I am, I set up a fan to make the drying time go faster and within about an hour or so they were dry!
The anticipation was killing me so I immediately tried them on. (I guess I had some irrational fear that the stretching I did was an illusion?)
When I pulled them on and they were back to the exact same length they were when I bought them…I was beyond thrilled!!!
My “comfy pants” were back!