Do you ever find that perfect sweater or pants on sale, only to realize it is dry clean only? I used to pass on clothes that were dry clean only because I didn’t want to spend the money having them cleaned. Not only is it expensive to dry clean, it also takes time to take them to the dry cleaner and pick them back up. There is an easier way. Plenty of fabrics that are marked as dry clean only can be cleaned at home in your washer.
If your dry clean only items are cottons, polyesters, and linens they can usually be washed at home. Obviously, items like leather, suede, and furs still need to be cleaned at the dry cleaners. All of my scarves are dry clean only, however I just wash them at home.
I start by spot treating the fabric. Resolve is my favorite spot treatment to use. Just spray a little on the spot and gently rub until the spot is gone.
If the item is very delicate or prone to snagging I recommend using a laundry wash bag. You can pick one up for just a couple dollars. They are also great to wash bras.
Start the laundry cycle on delicate cold. Add the laundry detergent. I recommend using Woolite for Delicates detergent. Once the washing machine is full and has started the cycle you can then add the laundry.
Once the cycle is finished remove the laundry and lay out to air dry. If the fabric feels a bit stiff after air drying you can put it in the dryer on delicate for a 3-5 minutes. This will help relax the fabric.
It is so much easier to wash the dry clean only clothes this way than to run the to the dry cleaner. Plus, I am saving money by doing it myself.
Do you have all of your clothes dry cleaned or do you have a way to clean them at home?
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