Is it possible to dry clean at home? Or does it? Laundry experts say most garments labeled as dry-clean only can be cleaned at home with ease. Not only does going to the dry cleaner regularly cost a pretty penny, it has another major drawback: the harsh chemicals used in the process are horrible for the environment and can even damage fabrics over time.
How can I dry clean at home without a kit? Place your soiled garment in a mesh bag. Use a gentle laundry soap, adding your soap to the detergent dispenser or directly to the drum of your washing machine as directed. Run your washing machine’s express cycle, which agitates your clothes for less time overall. Hang the garment or lay flat to dry.
What happens if you put dry clean only in the washing machine? What might happen if you wash a dry clean only garment? The garment could shrink – not just a little, but significantly. Some garments will shrink 2-3 sizes or more; drapes can shrink to half their size. Your garment might stretch out of shape.
How do you clean a dry clean only item at home?
- Always use cold water and a gentle laundry detergent.
- Wash the dry clean only item by itself.
- Clothing made with wool, silk or cotton can be gently washed by hand.
- Use the gentle cycle if you’re using a washing machine.
- Above all, don’t use the dryer and avoid excess heat.