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How to Fix Hanger Bumps on Sweaters and Shirts

Posted on March 14 2018

Raymond Truong

Hanger Bump

There’s something to be said about having all your clothes neatly hung up in your closet. If you’re slightly OCD like me, you probably enjoy having everything organized by color and type. At a glance, it makes finding pieces easier without having to sift through piles of folded clothes to find that one black sweater – especially if you’re in a rush.

Hanging clothes for storage, while great for organization, can sometimes come at a price. If your sweater is hanging there for quite some time, you’ll start to notice pesky bumps on the shoulders when you eventually take them out to wear. You know exactly what I’m talking about if you’ve ever experienced putting on a shirt and end up looking like Jafar from Aladdin. I’ve dealt with this problem regularly and in the quest to solve my own problem, I decided to write this blog to share how I go about treating these shoulder bumps.


What Causes Hanger Bumps on Shoulders?


Hanger bumps are caused by a variety of factors. The type and size of hanger plays a big role. Small and thin wire and plastic hangers are the main culprits. They’re not large enough to provide good support for the shoulders of the shirt. Over time, the weight of the shirt will cause the shoulders to stretch and the result are the “horns” you see. This problem is more prevalent for knitwear like sweaters because of the heavier weight, but still happens to lighter items like tees if you leave them hanging long enough.


How Can I Fix Hanger Bumps?


There are 3 easy and effective ways to defeat the dreaded hanger bumps:


Fold Your Heavier Garments


Prevention is key – items that are heavier such as knitted sweaters and pullovers can benefit from just folding them instead of hanging. If you must hang, try folding the sweaters in half and then draping them over the bottom of the hanger. This way, the stress of the weight won’t be on the shoulders.


Wet and Dry Method


If you put on your shirt and find that bumps are already present, an easy fix is to first wear the shirt, run your fingers through the tap and then massage your wet fingers in the bumpy areas until damp. As the shirt dries, the bumps will conform back to the shape of your shoulders. Remember, this only works if you have your shirt on. If you’re in a crunch for time, use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.


Use Bendable Foam Hangers


These special hangers are much thicker and bendable to accommodate shirts of many sizes. They provide much better support for the shoulders than the standard plastic and wire hangers. These are a great option if you like to air dry your clothes by hanging. They do work, but in my opinion, they’re kind of pricey if you’re trying to outfit your entire closet with them. You can find ones from Bumps Be-Gone at Target, Walmart or Amazon.