A Simple Guide to Caring for Dry-Clean Only Clothing

In building a quality wardrobe, you’ll undoubtedly collect a few pieces with that dreaded “Dry Clean Only” label. Unless you have an unlimited income, taking all of your clothes to the dry cleaners on a regular basis can get expensive, which means you’ll likely be looking for alternative methods for keeping your clothes clean. Today, I’m sharing a few ways you can save on trips to the cleaners.

First, determining the type of fabric you’re working with will help you to figure out if it is possible to clean the garment yourself. I’ve put together the guide below to assist you in cleaning those delicate fabrics. Note that there are some fabrics you should not attempt to clean on your own: leave furs, suedes, and velvets to the professional dry cleaners. On the other hand, for most cottons, polyesters, silks and wools, you can get away with interim cleanings yourself.

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Unless you get a visible stain or the clothing has an odor, there’s no need to wash the items after every wear. Between washes, freshen your clothes by letting them air or using a steamer. We received this steamer as a wedding gift and it works great for getting out wrinkles and odors between  washes and trips to the cleaners.

So. Let’s summarize: wear more than once between washes and, if you can, carefully wash clothes between trips to the cleaners. With those simple notes, you can save your pennies for something more fun!


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  1. 2.18.16

    I just bought a steamer and love it! So useful for keeping clothes fresh and crisp looking. xxx

    • 2.23.16
      Lauren said:

      I agree. I don’t think I could live without one anymore. So much easier than ironing!

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