I love it when I open my email to find a question that makes me go, Oh boy, do I know about that feeling! That’s exactly what happened to me—been there, done that!

Today’s first great reader question is a perfect example. Yep, done that and have gone on to get rid of the shrunken items because I didn’t know there was a possible remedy! But now I do, and you’re about to know, too!

Man's sweater shrunken to toddler size.

Photo credit: Northpole.com

Dear Mary: Thank you for your many helpful articles. In a past column, you wrote about how to unshrink a wool sweater. All I can remember is that it involved baby shampoo. Could you print the instructions again? Thanks! Linda

Sure, here it is: Mix a solution of one gallon of lukewarm water and two tablespoons baby shampoo. Soak the garment for about 10 minutes. Now the important part: Don’t rinse! Simply blot out all the excess water with a dry towel and very gently lay it flat on a fresh towel. Reshape slowly and carefully stretch it back to its original size. Dry out of direct sunlight or heat. This tip comes from the Wool Bureau who verifies this technique will work provided the fibers have not become permanently damaged.

Dear Mary: We recently inherited our father’s property after he died and the title has been transferred to us, in our names.  A few months ago we discovered that there is a lien on the property for unpaid taxes. How do we resolve this situation?  Are we obligated to pay the taxes to resolve the lien? Julia Read more