If you’re anything like me you dread seeing “dry clean only” on clothing. I don’t wear a ton of things that are dry clean only so by the time I have enough stuff to justify a trip to the cleaners, months have gone by. Also, it’s expensive and who knows what chemicals they’re using on your clothes. Even when they say “organic” I’m not sure it really is. And, with 2 kids and all the business that comes with them and their schedules, I often drop off the clothes and forget about them for months. I’ll be looking for a certain pair of pants and when they’re no where to be found it’ll hit me: I took them to the dry cleaners! Inevitably it’s early in the morning and the dry cleaners are closed and there’s no way I’m getting those pants for another 3 months–till the next time I go looking for them. So now I just do my clothes at home, on the cheap!
Dry cleaning doesn’t actually mean your clothes aren’t getting wet. (Bet you didn’t know that!) It just means they aren’t immersed in water–hence the dry part. But dry cleaners do use a liquid mixture of chemicals to clean your clothes. So why can’t you do that at home with stuff you already have? Well, you can!
Cheap & Easy DIY Dry Cleaning
You Will Need:
- Spray Bottle
- Your favorite liquid laundry detergent (colorless is best)
- clean white towel (a washcloth is perfect for this, or a baby burp cloth)
- pillowcase (optional)
1. First, mix one tablespoon of the liquid laundry detergent with 1 1/4 cups of water. Pour into the spray bottle.
2. Then, gather the clothes you would like to dry clean. Look at each one carefully, identifying spots and stains.
3. Lightly spray the water/detergent mixture on any spots and use a clean white towel to break up the spots.
4. Then very lightly mist the rest of the garment with the detergent mixture. It should be barely damp.
5. Put the clothes in the dryer for 15 minutes on the “Fluff” setting (no heat). If you have an item that is very delicate, I recommend putting it in pillowcase to keep it safe. Check your things after the time is up. If they are still damp, dry them for a little longer. You can also put the dryer on the lowest setting for a few minutes, but keep a close eye on your clothes so nothing shrinks.
This method is really simple and will leave your clothes clean and fresh quickly and easily. You’ll likely have to iron some of your garments after you’re done though so I don’t recommend it for large batches of, say, dress shirts–unless you LOVE to iron 🙂 . This is really best for those few things you have in your closet that need dry cleaning every so often. And the best part is that it’s SO inexpensive. One small spray bottle of your “solution” will last throughout quite a few garments!
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Photo Credit: Jamison Hiner