How To Cut Back On Dry Cleaning Dry-cleaning isn’t the only way to safely clean garments labeled dry clean only, and other methods might even do a better job. But it can be tricky to figure out when to dry-clean and when to hand- or machine-wash. [CR]


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    Yup, I’m getting a 404 error too.

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    Sorry for the double post.

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  8. kerrington.steele says:

    I can’t remember the last time I had a sweater, skirt, or cotton, silk, linen, wool or cashmere top dry-cleaned. Handwashing is basically free, takes 5-30 minutes depending on how many pieces you need to do, can be done without a washer/dryer (I live in NY and don’t have one), and makes the clothes smell better (like soap instead of chemicals!).

    Party dresses and suits/dresses with acetate liners — ok, dry-clean. But for everything else, handwashing is definitely the way to go. I use Ivory dishwashing liquid or Woolite, they are super cheap and smell so clean!

  9. incognit000 says:

    I eliminated dry cleaning entirely by owning nothing that needs to be dry cleaned. The only downside is that I only own t-shirts, khaki shirts, and jeans.

  10. Jevia says:

    I’ve always wondered, what does the triangle mean (that’s crossed out in the photo)?

  11. redkamel says:

    a) I own minimal clothes that need to be dry cleaned. Even my collared shirts etc…I told the salesman what I wanted and he hooked me up (Dont hate me. It was at Brooks brothers. I buy once, buy quality. Plus i had a 50% off coupon)

    b) if it has to be dry cleaned I usually handwash it.

    c) I invested in undershirts. Althouth I am warmer at work, now I just wash cheap tshirts only instead of my work shirts, since they rarely get dirty.