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Save Money on Dry Cleaning

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.

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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.

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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April 13, 20040 found this helpful

Hi,
I just started buying dresses from catalogs and haven't noticed that they are dry clean only. So your tips came in right at a good time. Thanks.

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