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How To Save Money on Dry Cleaning

Watch more Stains & Laundry videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Save money on dry cleaning with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Know what's really "dry clean only Take that "dry clean only" label with a grain of salt. Many silks, wools, and linens can be hand-washed safely in cold water. But be aware that silk is more susceptible to fading over time if it's hand laundered. Tip Never wash leather, suede, acetate, rayon, and fine silks. If you hand wash an item marked "dry clean only" and you ruin it, it is your responsibility. Step 2: Do a quick test Before washing a "dry clean only" item, dip a small, inconspicuous edge of the garment in water. If it shrivels up, take it to the dry cleaner. Tip Pure silk, crepe de chine, shantung, and doupioni silk are good candidates for hand washing in cold water. Chiffon, georgette, taffeta, silk satin, and charmeuse should be dry-cleaned. Step 3: Hang your clothes Hang your clothes as soon as you step out of them to reduce the chances that they'll get wrinkled or stained. Step 4: Let clothes breathe Leave space around dry-clean-only clothes so they have a chance to breathe in your closet. Never leave them in plastic garment bags; humidity can get trapped in the bag and cause mildewing. Step 5: Brush and air wool suits Lengthen the time between dry cleanings for your wool suits by wiping away surface dirt and lint with a garment brush after wearing and then letting them air out for a day or two. Step 6: Freshen with DIY kits Use home dry-cleaning kits on unsoiled items that just need a bit of freshening. They're good at removing odors like smoke. Step 7: Pay for pressings only Don't pay for dry cleaning just because you hate ironing: Launder easily wrinkled items at home and just pay the cleaner to press them. Step 8: Avoid dry-clean-only items Limit the new items you buy that require dry cleaning. The costs add up fast, making a moderately-priced garment an expensive one in no time at all. Did You Know? Scientists working for the U.S. Air Force have developed a self-cleaning fabric that repels water, oil, and bacteria.
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