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Saving Money on Dry Cleaning

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Many of us have dress and work clothing that is often dry clean only attire. While dry cleaning can keep these articles of clothing looking crisp and fresh, it can also be quite costly. This is a guide about saving money on dry cleaning.
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By 1 found this helpful
July 6, 2012

I have never taken anything to the dry cleaners since they came out with Dryel. It is simple and easy to use and works wonderfully. If you have a stain normally Dawn dish detergent will take it out and then use the Dryel in the dryer as it suggests on the package.

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It is cheaper than taking clothes to the dry cleaner and your clothes come out smelling fresh and clean.
We have also used it on wedding attire. Saves you a load of money that you probably can use somewhere else in your budget.

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By Gem from VA

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April 13, 20040 found this helpful

1. Steer clear of clothing items that needs dry cleaning. The cost to own and maintain dry-clean only clothing is vastly more than clothing that can be machine or hand washed.

2. Try home dry cleaning kits to freshen dry-clean only clothing. They aren't always a replacement for professional dry cleaning but they do allow you to get your clothes dry cleaned less often.

3. Watch for coupons. Even if you can't find coupons for the dry cleaner you prefer, they may take competitor's coupons. Some cleaners have special sales. Watch for them.

4. Hand wash dry-clean only garments. Some garments that say dry clean only can be washed by hand. You must be very careful doing this. It is best to try a little water on a place that can't be seen to see how the fabric reacts. Visit your local library for a book on fabric care.

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5. Always hang clothing that must be dry cleaned as soon as possible after wearing. Take a lint brush to it and spot clean anything you can. This way you can wear the piece several times before taking it back to the cleaners.

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February 10, 20030 found this helpful

I have a ton of clothing that requires dry cleaning. Do you or your readers know of any ways to save on dry cleaning?

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February 12, 20030 found this helpful

You can go to a $1.75 cleaners or you can buy the home cleaners kit.

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August 16, 20040 found this helpful

This is a bit strange and I wouldn't try it on just anything, but automotive brake parts cleaner seems to be about the same stuff as dry cleaning fluid. I tried it on a favorite old wool cap which had become quite soiled with motor oil, grease, dirt, etc. After spraying the cap down with cleaner I used cloth and a clothes brush on it. I repeated this a few times and then let it air dry for awhile, and though it didn't look like new, it sure looked a lot better than before!

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April 18, 20060 found this helpful

Dry cleaning means NO Heat. Liquids are used on fabrics that are dry cleaned. Also, the steam pressing is a key item.

I have a steam iron--that is lots of steam--and a big steamer.

I wash in cold water, air dry, then steam press for looks.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 30, 20080 found this helpful

If you haven't soiled the garment or haven't had wet armpit areas --- just hang the item up- turned wrong side out- and air out. I have things that have gone a dozen wearings without any dry-cleaning. And remember that dry-cleaning often won't get out body odor when cold wash and gentle wash will. (Especially when it was loaned to someone.)

Don't iron a smelly garment, this sometimes sets the odor!

I've read about someone, perhaps Coco Channel?, that had garments, that she only aired out.

If it worked for her !

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 23, 20080 found this helpful

I like to hang my clothing up in a well-ventilated place with dryer sheets cut in half and placed in the arm-pitts. Just as long as there is no serious cleaning job needed this should have you clothing smelling fresh in no time!

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December 24, 20110 found this helpful

The chemicals used at dry cleaners are very toxic. You would not want to smell them or let them touch your skin yet we let the cleaners inundate our clothes with them.

I have lived in Europe for 25 years and I have not yet once been to cleaners. Firstly they did not exist, now they are too expensive. I always factor the cost of getting there and back too.

So, I wash silk, cashmere by hand, hang outside if possible although my basement is a great spot, heat in winter and no bleaching sun in summer. You can also hang in your bathroom over night.

I put everything else except tailored suits in the cold wash, minimum wash and spin cycle and then hang them up. For tailored suits I spot clean, spray sometimes with deodorant under the armpits. Let hang in the fresh air overnight or over the weekend if possible. I have saved a ton of money over the years.

For my husbands dress shirts which were many each week I actually hired a young lady, and even paying her a decent hourly rate she was still cheaper than the laundry, plus my husband always smelled nice.

Quite frankly I hate dry cleaners. I think they should be banned.

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October 22, 20080 found this helpful

If you have clothes (cotton) that are NOT "Dry Clean Only" but you do Dry Clean them, can you then go back and wash them? Can you alternate or is this bad for the clothes to wash them once they have been dry cleaned?

Judy from Dallas, Tx

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October 22, 20080 found this helpful

You can wash them after dry cleaning if you wish with no ill effects.

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October 22, 20080 found this helpful

My mother used to wash certain things that had been dry-cleaned only to "freshen them up" as they were used - it worked, too. Just be careful in handling such items. Most need to be hand washed.

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October 23, 20080 found this helpful

You are saying that you have dry cleaned a washable garment, and now you want to know if you can wash it again or if you have to keep dry cleaning it? You can wash it again. It doesn't make any difference if the fabric is washable, whether you wash it only, or dry clean it once in awhile. Some people like to dryclean garments to get the nice press job the cleaner does.

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October 23, 20080 found this helpful

Yes you can. I used to work at a dry cleaner. They cleaned all of my clothes for free. Since my washer had gone out I took all but underwear in to be dry cleaned for free. I took underwear to the laundramat to wash. After I got my new washer I took up washing everything myself again.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 27, 2007

I decided to hand wash a 100% silk maxi dress and the black within it has run into the cream (in patches). Is there any way to spot clean the stains? Please help as I love this dress! Thanks

Mel from UK

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August 28, 20070 found this helpful

Try the dry cleaner. If he can't fix it, it's history.

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

Thats why the label says dry clean only

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

You might try to gently bleach out the black stains with hydrogen peroxide. Leave the black areas dry, so the bleach won't run into the black, and try to bleach out the cream areas.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 20, 2006

Is it possible to wash a slipcover that says "Dry-clean only" on it? It is 100% cotton. It's not one of those Sure-fit ones that you buy at the store, it came with the sofa. It's a loveseat that opens into a single bed. It's not really fitted, it's supposed to look "relaxed and casual" so it's loose-fitting. If it shrinks a little, I think it will still fit.

It is attached by velcro at the back. It is really dirty at the bottom from my dog lying on the floor right next to the sofa. Should I take my chances? What if I just wash it on the gentle cycle and hang it to dry? Has anyone ever tried this before? Thanks for any suggestions!

Marianne from Connecticut

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July 21, 20060 found this helpful

marianne:

for years i owned and operated a thrift store, i learned that there is nothing that cannot be washed in the washing machine, just do not put it in the dryer!! my best solution for a slipcover would be to go the laundromat and use one of the bigger washers as that way there is room for agitation ... good luck

cailifouhn

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