DIY Dry Cleaning

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Winter is the perfect time to indulge in luxurious fabrics: cashmere, wool, silk—the works! However, as we learn all too quickly, maintaining our more delicate clothes can take a toll on our wallets, since most of them come tagged with “dry clean only” labels.

What’s more, who really wants to be constantly enveloped in perchlorethylene, the chemical most cleaners use to get your stuff spic-and-span? Try these tips to keep your delicates clean by “dry cleaning” at home.

If you’ve tried so-called “no rinse” products before, you know that such a thing doesn’t exist. However, Eucalan does the trick and then some with their Fine Fabric Wash ($7.72 on Amazon.com)! Enriched with lanolin (helps keep fabrics static free) and softly scented with either lavender, eucalyptus, grapefruit or unscented, Eucalan lets you soak your delicates for a few minutes to get stains out, then simply (and gently) squeeze and dry. That’s it!

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-Evie Maciel of ProductPasha.com

The Product Pasha has been buying things for as long as she can remember. For almost as long, she has suffered the indignity of purchasing subpar goods, lured by too-good to-be-true advertising. An educator by trade, the Pasha has turned her critical and expository skills on the world of consumer products, sampling everything from lip balm and mascara to digital cameras and designer chocolates with one goal in mind: to save the world from suffering similar indignities. Caveat Emptor!

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  • jane14:

    i need to buy dryel!!!!!

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  • jane14:

    i bought a steamer and never use it…next time

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  • JENNY ARCE:

    I haven’t gotten as far as dry cleaning my own clothes and don’t know that i would, but i have definately used the STEAMER!!! Highly recommended product, best $50 ive spent

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  • ecoit107:

    The idea of washing my own “dry cleaning” items scares me. I’m afraid I’ll ruin my expensive cardigans… I suppose it’s worth a try though.

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  • MaryGirl26:

    Dryel works wonders for sure. I wish I had my steamer here int he city. Then again when do I have the time?

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  • bamagirl:

    I love Dryel!! I use it all winter on my sweaters.

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    jenny-o:

    i have never heard of this product. i usually just steam my clothes.

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  • Sanriobaby =^.^=:

    Dry cleaning for the most part is overated unless you have a stain you just can’t get out, but other than that, using a steamer or the air dry feature on your dryer is a cheaper way to freshen your clothes. There are so many great products out there that do a great job of “dry cleaning” your clothes at home.

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  • Joy:

    Gotta go now. I’m watching the Bachelor. My secret TV pleasure.

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  • Joy:

    I would try #3 & #4. I have a steamer and that’s pretty good but sometimes not enought to freshen the garment.

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  • Lesley:

    I am a little skeptical. I think I would need someone to show me it works before I invested in any of these products.

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    crazedmom:

    Love this product and Dryel. i am thinking of investing in the steamer though I hate pressing my clothes

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