Shopping and Style
Golden Globe Awards
POPSUGAR Must Have Box
Insanely Addictive ™
©2015 POPSUGAR Inc.
Do You Ever Wash Items That Say Dry Clean Only?
Jan 3 2010 • By
What’s Your Reaction?
Share this reaction with your friends!
all the time depending on the fabric. If it's cashmere, eh, depending on how much I paid for it, I'd dry clean it - or not buy it. Suits are definitely for dry cleaning, but everything else, soak it in handwashing liquids with cold water or just toss in laundry with cold water (even wool) and just lay flat to dry or hang up. Fabrics most usually shrink from heat.
Silk and other fabrics were here long before Dry Cleaners, If I cant hand wash or machine wash I don't buy.
I have a really good washer and dryer that's a front load. It has a ton of settings for cashmere (knits) and other options, the dryer has these settings as well. So I barely need a dry cleaner anymore as long as I use a light detergent.
Not on purpose! :)
yes, all the time i usually hand wash them or put them in the wash with Woolite on a gentle cycle. Turns out perfect everytime. I almost NEVER fully dry my clothes in the dryer. Sometimes i throw them in for a few minutes to warm up and take out any wrinkles, and let them air dry the rest. But other times i just hang or lay them flat to dry. No shrinkage.
yes. frequently. unless it's a special fabric, i do it all the time. I wash it, then steam it back to it's shape, and line dry it. I've only had a problem once with a suit jacket, and even then it was just the lining.
I never read care labels on new clothing unless I paid $$ or more for it..if its cheap I always just wash them regular...I hve a few tops that say dry clean from 15dollar store.com ....I washed them regular and they were not spoilt...
well, i used hand wash for some of my cloths i used baby shampoo which has no chemical, i found it useful, and non of my washed item got damaged. specially white silk blouses, recently i tried washing Ann Demeulemeester white silk tunic, which suppose to be only dry clean, nothing happened , it got so clean and remmain in same shape , i am really happy with the result , but i never tried multi color cloths.
oh no! they will ruin my clothes!
Absolutely. But not everything. Silks and some dresses def need actual dry cleaning. But I've found most things can be hand washed and air dried flat without any damage.
in my experience, washing "dry clean only" clothes causes extreme shrinkage. i read the labels very carefully now!
Sometimes I do with cheap stuff, but I've accidentally done it before, and learned my lesson right then...I just pay for the dry cleaning because I don't want to ruin the expensive peices I own http://synonymsforstyle.blogspot.com/
i do it often with forever21 items. i never looked at the care tags when buying things from that store, and a lot of it is dry clean - why on earth would i spend almost as much money to clean a shirt as i did to buy it? absolutely not. and none of the clothes from there EVER suffered from being handwashed and hang dried.
guilty. I did it once and you know what? Nothing happened. I won't do it again though.
Some cashmere says dry-clean only but that ruins the fibers. I hand wash my sweaters and scarves with a mild baby shampoo and dry flat.
Yes, I def handwash...except for my pants. I am too cheap to pay $6+ to get a dress/top dry cleaned. It adds up!
only by accident.
After I've done it once before, I will NEVER wash a dry clean only item ever again.
Most of my dry clean items are washed at home with the exception of suits. I just hate that sheen some items in black return with.
Get chic with our daily newsletter
Enjoy street style trends, runway looks, and the best in celeb beauty in your inbox.
Fashion & Beauty News
Sign up with
Award season continues with the SAG Awards!
our event coverage!