Dry-cleaning Sucks

                                         

We randomly dropped off our drycleaning at a new place near C’s work. It should be mentioned that we usually use Rick’s who is less than $2 for most items, but they had been breaking the buttons on our shirts. Okay, fast forward to new place… Chris walks in and they offer him bottled water. Weird and obviously a red flag that this isn’t Rick’s.

C walks in the door Tuesday with a look of death and a handful of drycleaning. I ask, “how much?” he says downcast and sad, “$150.” And it usually only costs us around $40 for these items. So a $110 mistake. Whoops. There are a lot of things we’d like to do with $110. And to make it worse, C’s shirts are not dry clean only. They could have been washed, starched and ironed AT HOME. So happy people, today you will learn how to avoid the dry cleaner (at least most of the time.) Cause going out for fancy dinners is way better than nasty chemicals “cleaning” your clothes.

Step 1: Don’t dryclean anything you don’t absolutely have to. Okay the first sub step for me on this one is learn how to iron. I actually had to google “how to iron a shirt.” Garment Care let me know. Get yourself some spray starch if you are into that kind of thing and lightly spray any work shirts or other items you like a little crisp. Wool can be gently cleaned with generic baby shampoo in the bathtub. A home steamer also will help get out creases and they should cost you $40 for a home version or $125 for a commercial-quality steamer.

Step 2: Treat stains with DIY solutions. Martha has a full how-to on her site. She actually has many…If you are looking for a good stain-removing time, assemble this homemade stain removing kit.

Step 3: Try a home dry cleaning kit. Amazon, Target or your local big box store should stock at least one brand. Count on it costing less than half of taking the item to a dry cleaners.These often come with a stain removal kit, but don’t count on it getting the tough stains out. See above for that.

Step 4: Practice Prevention. Take off dry-cleaning clothing after work or going out for a short time to prevent further wear and wrinkles.

And if you are iffy at all, take it to the cleaners, especially if you have anything fragile, pleated or of very high value.

Image Credit: Martha Stewart Living

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