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Cleaning "Dry Clean Only" Clothing at Home

Many of our nice clothes are dry clean only. Taking your suits, dresses, etc. to the dry cleaner can be very expensive. Are you looking for a way to clean them at home? This is a guide about cleaning dry clean only clothing at home.

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February 17, 2016 Flag
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I just purchased a white 100% cotton sweater that has a red heart in the middle with dry clean only instructions. Do you think it is possible to wash the sweater by itself? I am trying to decide whether I should return item.

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    February 20, 20160 found this helpful

    I think you are right. I do like the sweater but it seems like a lot of trouble to keep it. Does anyone know anything about Dryly (sp) that you can use in your own dryer

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    February 21, 20160 found this helpful

    I would for sure handwash it in cold water with Woolite or gentle dish soap. I would try to hold the red heart up out of the water so it didnt get wet. After you wring it out, roll it up in a dry bath towel... or two... Do it a couple of times to get out all the water. Try to keep the red heart from being in contact with the white. You might even consider covering the red with plastic wrap (inside and out...both sides of the heart). Best of luck.

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    August 10, 2015 Flag
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    I have a pale pink cotton Guess jacket. So I left it alone for a bit and when I came back coffee or pop or something like that was spilled all over my coat. This was a couple of months ago and I need this stain to come out! The thing is, that my dry cleaners doesn't ensure that they can get the stain out so I want to know if it will be able to come out before taking it there. If anyone can help that would be great or any at home remedies even though it is dry clean. Please help.

    dark stain on light pink jacket
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      August 11, 20150 found this helpful

      You need a new dry cleaner. Find one that guarantees they can get it out or you don't pay the money.

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      September 29, 20150 found this helpful

      I recommend you take it back to your dry cleaners and tell them to blot the stain with Streetan and dry it out with their spotting gun and then throw it in the dry cleaning machine.another thing you can try at home yourself is go get yourself a bottle of Awesome you can pick it up at the dollar store spraying the area with awesome and blot it with a damp cloth feathering the end so it doesn't make a ring and then dry it out with a blow dryer do not drinch the garments with awesome or water though because it will leave a ring.

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      November 4, 2015 Flag
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      My sister has a 100% wool coat that was her grandmothers. How do I safely clean the coat at home without the extreme expenses of a dry cleaner?

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        November 5, 20150 found this helpful

        Hand wash in cool water with extremely mild detergent and not too much of that. If the garment isn't stained, you needn't worry about scrubbing, simply fill your kitchen sink or bathtub with soapy water and dip the item up and down a few times. I'd recommend the bathtub. Use your shower head to rinse the soap from the coat. Be thorough. Gently (I stress "gently") squeeze the water from the garment, starting at the top and working down. Do not twist the garment! Continue squeezing until you've removed as much of the water as possible. Lay out several thick towels on the floor in an out-of-the-way area. Spread the coat on top of the towels, being careful to align the collar and sleeves. Smooth your hands over the entire coat to emulate ironing (i.e., try your best to remove any wrinkles just using your hands). Leave it lie overnight. Check it the following day and if reasonably dry, hang it on a good sturdy coat hanger (one which meets the should seams). Leave until absolutely dry.

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        October 29, 2014 Flag
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        I have a nylon jacket that's dry clean only, oh and it's down. I thought I'd wash it with gentle soap and hang dry and then after put it in dryer to fluff. Thank you for any tips.

        By Janice S

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        October 29, 20140 found this helpful

        I've tried cleaning and drying a down jacket exactly the way you're thinking of doing it. I washed the jacket on gentle cycle and this seemed to work fine. Then I hung the jacket on the clothes line to dry and that was a disaster! All the down formed a hard clump at the bottom of the jacket.

        The parts that were divided into little squares - the down formed hard clumps there too. I tried putting the dry jacket in the dryer with a couple of tennis balls, but that didn't work. I finally re-washed the jacket, let it spin dry and then put the wet jacket in the dryer with two tennis balls. I think it turned out pretty well!

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        October 30, 20140 found this helpful

        They sell dry clean kits in the grocery store. They include their special cleaning solvent and a bag to place the item in. Much cheaper then buying another coat if washing ruins it.

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        June 22, 2010 Flag

        If you have items that you have been dry cleaning (say, a silk blouse), a way to rejuvenate them is to wash them by hand. That will freshen them up by removing cleaning fluid buildup and make the whites white.

        Source: My Mother

        By pamphyila from L.A., CA

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        September 15, 2011 Flag
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        Can you wash a men's robe that says Dry Clean Only? The contents are 80 percent polyester and 20 percent acrylic?

        By Pat

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        September 16, 20110 found this helpful

        Wash on gentle, line dry. If it is a heavy robe, you may have to run through the spin cycle more than once.

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        September 17, 20110 found this helpful

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        December 27, 2013 Flag
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        I have a lovely and expensive wool peacoat. Unfortunately my niece threw up all over it. I checked for a washing label, but can't seem to find one, so I'm assuming it needs to be dry cleaned. Unfortunately the one closest to me has closed. Does anyone have any ideas on how to clean it? I've heard of washing on a gentle cycle with Woolite, but I'd like some other opinions before I give it a try.

        By Katie

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        December 28, 20130 found this helpful

        If the tag recommends dry cleaning, you're taking a risk by washing it yourself. However, some wool coats may be safely washed by hand or machine. If your coat just needs a touch-up, you can safely spot clean even dry-clean-only coats.

        To hand wash:

        1) Swish the coat back and forth in the soapy water for several seconds. Let the coat soak for up to 5 minutes.

        2) Smooth out wrinkles with your hands, and gently shape the coat.

        3) Lay the coat on a large bath towel. Roll the coat in the towel. Leave it for a few minutes to absorb water, then *dry.

        *Allow the coat to dry thoroughly before hanging or wearing

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        November 15, 20150 found this helpful

        Is there a clothe spray for spot cleaning a white wool coat?

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        January 15, 2011 Flag
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        I just bought a lovely pair of Ann Taylor slacks at a Thrift Store. I didn't think to check the care label. It says "Dry Clean Only". The fabric is 91% triacetate, and 29% polyester. Can triacetate be hand-washed?

        By VBartlett from Columbus, IN

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        January 18, 20110 found this helpful

        Wendy Calbers advice:

        She is very accurate. My family has been involved in dry cleaning for over 40 years. There are many different cleaning solvents now, and perc is not being used in many newer cleaners. Once again, her statements about hidden stains are wonderful.

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        February 27, 20110 found this helpful

        Forget dry cleaners. I have not been for years. Think about the finer fabrics, wool, linen, silk, cashmere. They were all invented before dry cleaning. I do all of the above on the delicate cycle. For silk, roll up the item and store in the freezer until ready to iron It is actually the ironing and pressing that is the challenge. But there is a system for getting a professional look. I will post that another time. Think of the chemicals you are keeping out of your life if you do it yourself.

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        May 19, 2011 Flag
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        How can I dry clean a cotton dress at home?

        By madhavi from Thane

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        May 19, 20110 found this helpful

        Why would you want to dry clean a cotton dress? Are you afraid of shrinkage? wash it like you normally would anything cotton, use delicate cycle or hand wash, hang to dry, do not put in dryer. I was everything in the washing machine, it doesn't matter if it says dry clean only, then I hang it to dry, and iron it.

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        May 20, 20110 found this helpful

        Woolite makes a product you can use to dry clean your dry clean only clothes at home. Very simple, easy to use.

        Good Luck.

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        January 6, 2011 Flag
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        I have some dresses that require dry cleaning. I would like to know how to do that work in home conditions?

        By Marita from Shkoder, Albania

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        January 6, 20110 found this helpful

        Depends upon the piece of clothing. Many silk pieces are marked "dry clean only" when you can actually hand wash them carefully. If your jackets/sweaters/coats need freshening up, try Febreze or a similar fabric spray.

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        January 6, 20110 found this helpful

        Another suggestion - check into the "Dryel" product (I believe it is a Procter and Gamble product) that you can buy at the grocery store or discount store and use in your dryer. I've not used it for any kind of set-in stains, but it works well for refreshing and de-wrinkling "dry clean only" garments at home.

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        January 15, 2011 Flag
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        I purchased a rayon/linen tunic, long sleeve shirt that states you have to dry clean it. Can Woolite be used to hand wash this? Are there any other solutions instead of the fortune and inconvenience of taking it to a dry cleaners all the time? Thank you.

        By Elyag from Rochester, NY

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        Washing Dry Clean Only Clothes

        Try Dryel for dry cleaning at home. Here is a link where you can watch a video about how it works and should be able to find all the information about Dryel that you need here.
        http://www.dryel.com/ (05/07/2009)

        By Anonymous

        Washing Dry Clean Only Clothes

        I'm from Macedon, NY. I have washed many garments that say dry clean only with very good results. Wool, cotton, and linen always come out great, but I'm a little leery about rayon. If there is more linen than rayon, fine, but rayon is rather unpredictable. If there is more linen than rayon, put a tiny amount of Woolite in your washing machine, yes, as you start filling your machine with cold water. Stir the water in the machine to get the suds going. Add the garment and short wash on gentle cycle. It should come out fine. Good luck! (05/15/2009)

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        June 22, 2010 Flag
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        I never dry clean clothes. If it is wool, I just use Woolite and wash by hand. Anything else I use a mild detergent such as Woolite, Dreft, or Ivory and gently wash by hand in cool water.

        When wringing out water, do that gently and do not twist. I always dry outside (or on the drying rack inside in the winter). The items always come out nice and I have saved a lot of money.

        Beth

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        Hand Wash Dry Cleanables

        Saves a ton on dry cleaning bills!! Thanks for the tip (09/02/2008)

        By cschuess

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        May 7, 2009 Flag
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        I haven't had any clothes drycleaned for years (oh, I can hear some gasping, she must be dirty).

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