5 Dry Clean Only Items You Can Wash At Home! – Dropps


First, you want to look at the tag carefully, does it say “dry clean only” or just “dry clean”?

“Dry clean only” clothes are more likely to need special care where a tag that just says “dry clean” may be fine on delicate in the washer (keep reading for more specific washer instructions).

Second, look at the material, the material will determine the best method to use. Cashmere, wools, and most silks will need a little more care when washing.

Fur, suede, and velvet will probably require dry cleaning.

Lastly, a $600 dress or suit probably isn’t worth the risk. But spending $10 to dry clean a $40 blouse might be too much. Unless you really LOVE that blouse and couldn’t find it again if it needed to be replaced (all up to you).

There are items that are quickly ruined by a traditional washing machine, water, and soap. That’s why you want to proceed with caution and be reasonable.

Check out the tips I am going to share and do some research on your particular clothing item if you need to. If you bought your clothes online you may be able to go right to the item’s website and ask a question or read the comments.

People love sharing horror stories of items falling apart or even victories that they washed the item and it was just fine even though it said “dry clean only”.

So while you can’t avoid the dry cleaner 100% of the time, you can minimize your visits and the expense with the following tips. Use these tips to save money on dry cleaning!


Can you fix clothes that shrunk in the dryer?

They are cotton material. You probably can but they might shrink – if you sponge the marks off and then wash at the coolest temp there is and don’t tumble dry they might be OK.

What is the process of dry cleaning?

Dry cleaning is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using a chemical solvent other than water. Despite its name, dry cleaning is not a “dryprocess; clothes are soaked in a liquid solvent. Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), which the industry calls “perc”, is the most widely used solvent.

Hand Washing Your Dry Clean Only Clothes

Most lingerie and delicate fabrics, even those marked dry clean only, can be hand washed with a gentle detergent like Woolite Delicates. The Laundress has a line of good quality detergents formulated for specific types of fabric. 

To hand wash:

  1. Check your delicates for stains, and pretreat according to the type of stain.
  2. Fill a sink or large bowl with cold water and add the amount of detergent specified by package directions. 
  3. Completely submerge your garment in the soapy water and swish gently. 
  4. Let soak for at least 30 minutes; soak overnight if it’s heavily soiled.
  5. Rinse thoroughly and check to make sure stains are gone.
  6. Lay each garment on a clean towel and roll to up to remove excess water.
  7. Hang or spread on netting to dry.

About this article

Co-authored by: Safir Ali Professional Dry Cleaner This article was co-authored by Safir Ali. Safir Ali is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hamper Dry Cleaning and Laundry, a startup in Houston, Texas reinventing the laundry industry. With over six years of experience launching and operating Hamper, Safir specializes in innovative ways to simplify dry cleaning using the experience from his family’s business. Safir holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Texas A&M University. Hamper offers 24/7 on-demand dry cleaning and laundry through delivery and kiosk services. Hamper has been featured on the Houston Rockets, Station Houston, the Houston Business Journal, BBVA, Yahoo Finance, and Innovation Map. This article has been viewed 877,138 times. How helpful is this? Co-authors: 11 Updated: February 21, 2022 Views: 877,138

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Before you wash a dry clean only garment, make sure it is made from wool, silk, or cotton because other fabrics need to be professionally cleaned. If they are made from those more durable fibers, fill a bucket will cold water and some soap flakes or detergent like woolite. Dip the garment in that water multiple times and rub any soiled areas until they are cleaned. Then, wrap the garment in a towel and squeeze the excess water out of it before you hang it up to dry. Keep reading to learn how to machine wash cotton, linen, and polyesters!

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Step 2: Sort your garments by colour and fabric

If you’ll be washing more than one garment by hand, it’s a good idea to separate your darks from your lights before you start, just as you would with your normal weekly load. This will help to prevent the colours from transferring during the washing process.

You’ll also want to consider washing different types of fabric separately, as these may need to be washed using different detergents, or at varying temperatures. Check the labels of every item you need to clean, and group those with similar washing instructions together.

After sorting, you’ll need to prepare your garments for washing. Ensure that any buttons or zips are fully fastened and check any pockets for small items. Some clothing will also need to be washed inside-out: this information should be included on the label.

Why Is a Washing Machine Not Always Preferable?

As far as the concept of machine washing dry clean only comforter goes, you should keep the manufacturer’s words in mind. If the vendors are asking you to treat the material easily, you probably should pay heed to that.

Also, in many cases, the comforter is much too large for your washing machine. So, you need to keep that in mind as well.  

6 Steps to Clean a Dry Clean Only Comforter

Placing the comforter in the washing machine

Step one is perhaps the most ignorant part. By thi

Step one is perhaps the most ignorant part. By this, we mean to say is that most people don’t care about it.

Things will be better if you own a big washing machine. A large front-loading washing machine with fewer disturbances (minimum number of clothes) will offer better results. 

Using the right amount of detergent

This is important. 

This is important. 

Using the cleaning agents we offered will certainly be effective. Still, using mild amounts is recommended if you’re willing to keep the insulating properties intact.  

Warm washing, cold rinsing

With comforters, it must get the proper care while

With comforters, it must get the proper care while cleaning with a washing machine. 

That is why we recommend simply a move-over along with two rinse cycles (not more than that). 

Every particle of the detergent should exit the comforter. Otherwise, there may be issues with the material wholeness. 

Drying a dry clean only comforter

You can always ask this question: can you put a dr

You can always ask this question: can you put a dry clean only comforter in the dryer?

The answer, in general, is yes. And that’s what we will be doing here.

Take a dryer of large capacity and put the comforter in it. Make sure that it doesn’t spend too much time in the dryer. Usually, a couple of hours should be enough.  

You’d want to be as patient as possible with such a delicate task. This will ensure a clean outcome with no possibility of mold growth. 

Including dryer balls

Dryer balls are usually there to maintain the fluf

Dryer balls are usually there to maintain the fluffiness. Use 4 to 5 balls in the dryer so that it can help with maintaining the evenness of the comforter. 

A good practice here would be to fluff up the comforter more than 5 times by taking it out of the dryer. This will ensure a proper cleanup along with the right consistency.  

Setting it down

After the previous step, all you need to do is get

After the previous step, all you need to do is get the comforter out and let it sit outside for some time. 30 minutes to an hour in the sun should be plenty. It’s for the sake of air circulation. 

And that’s it. 

Home Dry Cleaning Kits

Dry cleaning really isn’t dry. Basically, dry cleaners dip the clothing into a cleaning solution. Yes, you can buy home dry cleaning kits in the laundry aisle at most grocery stores. The kits aren’t really designed for full-scale cleaning. They’re for removing spots and freshening up your garments. Here’s how you use a dry-cleaning kit:

  1. Use the pre-treater included in the kit to treat any stains.
  2. Put your garments into the cloth or mesh bag included in the kit, along with the cleaning solution cloth.
  3. Turn on the dryer according to package instructions and dry for the recommended amount of time.
  4. Remove from dryer before the time is up to avoid wrinkles.
  5. Take items out of the bag and hang immediately.  

Pros of DIY Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning kits are:

  • Easy to use 
  • Leave your clothes unwrinkled and smelling fresh. 
  • The stain remover works well on water-based stains, like tea or coffee
  • It costs less than dry cleaning

Cons of DIY Dry Cleaning

  • The stain pre-treatment does not work well on oil-based stains, ink, makeup, or sweat stains
  • If you try it and it does not lift the stain, it may work to set it. So you may accidentally make stains permanent.
  • You must pay attention and remove clothing from the dryer immediately
  • Your garments are wrinkle-free, but not pressed
  • You’ll have to schedule more time after washing them to iron

Wash by hand or machine

Ready to wash your clothes? Pick your washing method carefully. Here’s how to deal with delicate duds.

To wash by hand

Start with a clean sink or basin when hand washing. Swish carefully in cold water to keep each article of clothing, especially sweaters and other knits, looking beautiful. Part of good care is selecting the right detergent for the job. Don’t automatically go for detergent you pour into your washer. A mild detergent will give far better results. Whether you favor a few drops of baby shampoo, a small amount of Woolite, or a squirt of Eucalan, it will treat your clothes more kindly. Drain the soapy water out, refill the basin for a cold water rinse and press out the suds till the water is clear.

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Hand wash delicate clothing using a mild detergent instead of the stuff you usually pour in your washer. Treat them gently, or you might wish you’d taken your clothes to the cleaners.


To machine wash

Select a cold water delicate or wool cycle on your washing machine, and for best results, tuck each clothing item into a separate mesh bag. Pull your laundry out of the washing machine as soon as the cycle ends.

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Some more delicate clothes are safe to machine wash if you put them in a laundry bag before you pop them in your washer. Turn them inside out before you do.

To dry

A delicate cycle can leave lots of water in the clothes. That’s on purpose—it doesn’t spin them hard. Step away from the dryer—these clothes are not going in there. Lay each wet garment on a towel. Roll up the towel with the clothing inside, pressing gently to remove water. Unroll the wet towel and move the garment to a dry towel. Then, lay it flat to dry.

Step 5: Rinse and squeeze out excess water

Once you’re satisfied that you’ve gotten your clothing as clean as possible, you’ll need to rinse out the suds. Transfer your clothing into the basin that’s filled with clean water and swish it around to remove any soapy residue. You may need to change the water if you’re struggling to get your garment completely clean.

Next, you need to remove excess water. This can take a little bit of patience: you’ll want to avoid wringing or twisting your clothing, as this can damage the fibres and cause your garments to become misshapen. Instead, gently press it between your palms to remove as much of the water as possible.

If your clothes are still sopping wet, try the towel trick. Take a clean, light-coloured towel (this will help to prevent any colour from transferring onto your garments) and lay it on the floor or a table. Then, lay your damp clothing down flat on top of it, and gently roll it up in the towel — a bit like a sleeping bag. Press the rolled bundle lightly to help absorb as much of the water as possible.

Can you spin hand wash only clothes?

Some modern washing machine come with an extra-gentle spin cycle, which can be used to help get excess water out of your clothing after hand washing. This can be a real time saver, but you should be very careful: if you think there’s any chance that your clothes could be damaged, it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid using your machine altogether.

Home dry cleaning machines

If you’ve got some money to invest in at-home wardrobe maintenance, you have more choices. I know these appliances aren’t for everyone, but if you can afford them, they can provide great alternatives to professional dry cleaning.

The steamy cleaning closet

The LG Styler is a personal Wi-fi-enabled steam closet that refreshes clothes effortlessly. Vibration and steam smooth out wrinkles and reduce odors. The Styler will even crease your pants for you, if you care about that kind of thing.

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Credit: LG

LG makes a steam closet for your business clothes. It will also crease your suit pants if that’s your jam.

A multi-talented ironing system

The Miele FashionMaster is a high-end iron and ironing board with powerful steam to freshen and smooth all your clothes. I tried it once and fell in love.

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The Miele Fashion-Master can iron and steam as well as the cleaners, for those who have $2000 to invest in it.


If you can’t afford a top-of-the-line solution and don’t want to jump through hoops for your dry clean only clothing, there is one last choice—don’t buy clothes that demand it.