Don’t resist that killer interview suit based on its “dry-clean only” label. Here are a few recommendations to get that dry-cleaned look at home for a smaller price and a great result!
On your own
Even though your garment may state that it is dry-clean only, you may still be able to get around the label by cleaning it at home. Check the garment for major stains and wash it by hand using your favorite dishwashing liquid. Rinse it with cool water and hang dry for cleaning perfection. Just make sure to avoid items like leather, fur and suede.
For garments that only require a spot clean, use a dry-clean-only spot remover. Check out Dryel’s On the Go Instant Stain Remover at Walmart.com for $3. It’s perfect for when you’re away from home or for at-home quick fixes.
One of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to dry-clean your garments at home is to purchase a DIY steam kit. Easy and extremely affordable, the kits come with all of the essential items to dry-clean your clothes to satisfaction. Start by pretreating your stain with the included stain remover, place the garment in the dry-clean bag in the kit — along with the dryer-activated cloths — and place the items in the dryer for the recommended time of 15 to 30 minutes.
We love Dryel’s In-Dryer Cleaning Clean Breeze Scent Starter Kit, priced at $7 at Walmart.com.
A garment steamer is a great laundry accessory for any home. Meant for the finishing touches on your precious clothing, a garment steamer can be gentler on garments than its alternative — an iron. Compact and convenient, the garment steamer is something you can take on a business trip for emergency cleaning needs.
Amazon.com has compact steamers priced as low as $25.
Steam washer & dryer
If dry-cleaning is something that you need to do often and you’re spending a fortune to get the results you need, it may be smart to invest in a steam washer and dryer for your home. Brands such as Frigidaire offer washer and dryer duos for optimal performance. With a simple press of a button, all of your laundry can be as fresh as if you just picked it up from the dry cleaner. Now you just need the garment bag!
Frigidaire Affinity Electric Dryer with Ready Steam is an energy-efficient washer and dryer and a great option for anyone looking to add the steam option in their home. The dryer is priced at $1,100 at Frigidaire.com.