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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.
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By pam munro from L.A., CA
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Can you wash a 100% cotton coat which has 100% polyester padding, 100% acrylic fur, 100% polyester fur (edge of collar and edge of detachable hood and outer sleeves which are 100% viscose Pu coated?
The viscose is the questionable part. I would definitely hand wash it in the kitchen sink or bathtub with cool water and a mild soap. Don't wring it out; just press out the water. Good luck!
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.
You would have to wash it in cold water all by itself so that the red heart doesn't bleed. Dry cleaning is expensive, but if the sweater is expensive, you may not want to ruin it. You will have to decide whether or not you want to take the risk. I personally would. Hand washed sweaters are softer than dry-cleaned ones.
Can you wash a men's robe that says Dry Clean Only? The contents are 80 percent polyester and 20 percent acrylic?
I have washed several 'dry clean only' items in the past. I just always used the delicate or hand wash cycle, and cold water. You do run the risk of ruining the time though.
If it has a sash, you can try that. Put it in a lingerie bag, or if you don't have one, tie it up in an old pillow case, and give it a try. Just don't put it in the dryer. If the sash comes out okay, you can probably do the robe.
Good luck to you!
Yes, I wash all 'dry clean only' clothes. Remember, wool, linen, silk etc were all invented before dry cleaners. And synthetics were invented specifically to go into washing machines. I do everything on cold/delicate.
The tricky part is the ironing/pressing, but the savings is worth that effort. There are tailors tricks for ironing too, but that is news for another time.
You can wash the robe using a mild detergent and cold water. Do not put it in the dryer as the acrylic in the fabric will sometimes shrink.
Wash on gentle, line dry. If it is a heavy robe, you may have to run through the spin cycle more than once.
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
I have quite a few things that say dry clean only. I have one word for you, cold water. That is the most important cleaning part for dry clean only clothes. Also hand or lay flat to dry. May not come out looking perfect but sure beats spending the money at the cleaners.
You most certainly can! Just use cold water, gentle washing liguid and, as was already mentioned, lay flat to dry or you can hang on a proper hanger in a pinch. Triacetate is shrink resistant, wrinkle resistant, easily washed and maintains pleat retention. If you do need to iron be sure to put the heat setting of the iron on medium and use a thin white cotton cloth between the slacks and the iron to protect the fabric from iron marks and/or melting.
Wendy Calbers advice:
She is very accurate. My family has been involved in dry cleaning for over 40 years.
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.
How can I dry clean at home without a kit?
I have an ivory white pant suit that has yellowed badly, how do I clean it? The long sleeve jacket is 100% linen, with a white silk lining, and the pants are 60% linen and 40% rayon. I have put them in the cleaners, and nothing. It says dry clean only but, that is not helping at all. Please help me.
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.
You need a new dry cleaner. Find one that guarantees they can get it out or you don't pay the money.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
How can I dry clean a cotton dress at home?
By madhavi from Thane
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.
Woolite makes a product you can use to dry clean your dry clean only clothes at home. Very simple, easy to use.
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
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.
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.
I am trying to get a yellow stain off the white part of a blouse that says "dry clean only". The blouse is lime green and white. The stain is on the white part of the blouse.
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?
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.
I have a dress that's made of viscose rayon nylon lining and the instruction on the garment states dry clean. Can my garment be hand washed? It's a more than $200 dollar maxi dress by Ranna Gill. I love the dress, but it's just a hassle to dry clean one garment for me! I guess if I have to I can dry clean it, but I wonder if there's any suggestion to clean this dress easier? Thanks!
I have a vest that looks like it is suede, but the shell says 100% polyester. The inside looks like sheep skin, but tag says 60% polyester, 40% acrylic. I brought the vest to a place that is the middle person. The dry cleaner did not want to clean it. Do you think I can wash the vest in Woolite only and hang dry it without damaging it?
By Kelly S
Will machine washing a pair of slacks labeled "dry clean only"made of 65%polyester/35%rayon ruin them?
I picked up a dress at a thrift store that's 50% rayon and 50% acetate. How do I clean it without dry cleaning? Can I machine wash this in cold water? Are there any other ways to wash it? Should I just hand wash it? If so, hot or cold water?
Does anyone know of an at-home method of cleaning men's dress suits? I remember reading books that mentioned "sponging" and other ways to clean wool suits prior to dry cleaning, but I don't know the procedures with today's fabrics.
By Elizabeth K.
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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 gayle from Rochester, NY
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.
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)
By Kay Johnson
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.
Saves a ton on dry cleaning bills!! Thanks for the tip (09/02/2008)
I haven't had any clothes drycleaned for years (oh, I can hear some gasping, she must be dirty).