4 Reasons You Totally SHOULDN’T Get Your Clothing Dry Cleaned


Everyone has looked at the dreaded “dry clean only” label on their clothes and wanted to scream. Ugh. Who can be bothered to find dry cleaners and pay for someone else to wash their clothes? Your washing machine has a setting for delicates. And there’s a bottle of hand washing detergent under the kitchen sink. Those will do just as well, right? In fact, not dry cleaning your clothes could be a much better option. You’ll save time and money by taking a shortcut. If you’re thinking about taking the DIY route, here are some excellent reasons to do it.

You’re Too Cool to Be Seen in the Same Outfit Twice

You know how when you attend big events, it’s social suicide to wear the same outfit twice? Or, at least, it is for women. If you’re desperate to take that rule into everyday life, choosing to wash your dry-clean-only clothes will be a big help. Once you’ve attempted to get your outfit clean, you won’t have to resist the temptation to wear it again. In fact, you’ll be lucky if you want to be seen dead wearing it again. It will be easy to remember which outfits you’ve already worn. You’ll always be able to tell which ones you’ve washed.

You Think It’s Time for Tie-Dye to Make a Comeback

Tie-dye was huge throughout the 60s, 70s, and beyond. If psychedelic chic is your thing, perhaps you’re still a big fan. If you would like to have a go at making your own tie-dye clothes, you don’t have to use the traditional method. All that tying and mixing dyes can take forever, especially if you want to do something fancy. Instead, just throw something you want to alter in with one of your dry-clean-only garments. With any luck, both items will have changed as they went round in the washing machine. Another way to do it is to use at-home solutions to remove stains. You’ll get all kinds of interesting patterns.

You Want to Alter Your Clothes

Clothing alterations can be so expensive. Anytime you want to shorten a pair of pants or bring in the waist on a dress, it takes up your precious time and money. And it can take you a long time to do it yourself. But you don’t need to have the sewing skills to alter your new clothes. First, check that they have a “dry clean only” label. Then just put them into your washing machine. Your clothes are likely to come out altered, although you can’t guarantee how.

You’re Still Working on Cultivating That Floordrobe

There’s something to be said for a good floordrobe. You can look at all the clothes you own without ever having to open the closet. You might not be able to wear them more than once, but you can associate each outfit with the memory of when you put them on for the first time. Maybe eventually you’ll get round to taking some of them to the dry cleaners, and you’ll get to wear them again.

If you’re happy with only wearing fabulous outfits once, avoiding dry cleaning is the right thing to do. Otherwise, you might be better off using a professional service.

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