Inside: Tired of paying to dry clean clothes? Learn simple tips for dry cleaning at home. You can easily wash dry clean clothing at home and save yourself some money.
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 at the dry cleaners. Not only is it expensive to dry clean, but it also takes time to take them to the dry cleaner and pick them back up.
But if you don't want to spend your time or money at the dry cleaners there is an easier way.
Plenty of fabrics that are marked as dry clean only can be cleaned at home in your washer. Dry cleaning at home is easy if you know a few tricks! Check out my tips below to wash your dry clean clothes at home.
How To Wash Dry Clean Clothes At Home
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 also wash wool pants at home too instead of paying for the dry cleaners.
Spot Treat Your Clothes
You need to start by spot treating the fabric. If you have any stains you will want to make sure you spot treat them before you wash the clothes.
Resolve is my favorite spot treatment to use. Just spray a little on the spot and gently rub until the spot is gone.
You can also easily make your own DIY Stain Remover.
Put Delicates In A Bag
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 work really well for any delicate items or they are also great to wash bras.
The laundry bag will still let the garment get cleaned, but it will make sure it doesn't get snagged on something or caught on anything in your washing machine.
Washing the Dry Cleaning At Home
To wash the clothes I recommend you start the laundry cycle on delicate/gentle and choose the cold setting. If you use warm water you may cause shrinking with the clothes.
Add the correct amount of laundry detergent based on the load size.
I highly recommend using Woolite for Delicates detergent. It is specially made to help protect all of the fibers in the fabric to prevent stretching, regular laundry detergent doesn't do that.
If you don't use Woolite I would at least use a laundry detergent made especially for delicates. Just check at the store or on Amazon for a detergent that is made for delicates.
Once the washing machine is full of water and has started the cycle you can then add the laundry and let the load run as usual.
Drying Your Dry Clean Clothing at Home
When the cycle is completely finished remove the laundry and lay the clothes flat out to air dry.
You can lay it on a dry towel and make sure to shape it so it doesn't dry out of shape.
If the fabric feels a bit stiff after air drying you can put it in the dryer on delicate or air fluff for about 3-5 minutes.
Make sure you keep a close eye on the laundry so it doesn't get torn in the dryer. Drying it even on air fluff will help to relax the fabric. You can also dry your clothes in the laundry bag if you want to make sure they don't get snagged.
It is so much easier to do dry cleaning at home than it is to run the clothes 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 wash dry cleaning at home? I would love to hear. Want more laundry tips and tricks? Check out how to get blood stains out of sheets.