All this to say, I gotta put an end to it. Or at least the bulk of it. About a year or so ago I actually stopped buying dry-clean only clothing, unless I knew I could probably actually hand-wash it myself. Reason being, I'd be all "OOH! This dress is amazing and on sale for $45!" Only it was costing me like $10 bucks a month to dry clean, which meant if I kept it around for two years, it was really on sale for like $90 million dollars. Or $285. They're equally insane in my mind.
So, big announcement. As a secondary saving measure I ran out to the store a few minutes ago and picked up a "Dryel Starter Kit." It was 4.99 and says I can home dry clean up to five items at once, which means I'm looking at about $2.50 a load. OKAY. Here goes nothing. According to the box, all I've got to do is treat my clothing with the spray, unfold the little cleaning towel that comes with it, and drop it, and my clothing, in the Dryel bag. I'll be back to tell you all about it!
[Cue Jeopardy Theme Song]
Okay, that took about 35 minutes (five minutes prepping the clothes and 30 in the drier, which my kit tells me is for "deep cleaning. If you wanna freshen only, that'll cost you 15 mins.). My three sweaters, one dress, and GEORGE'S SWEATER VEST (do I reference these in every other post? There are just so MANY of them!) smell delightful AND the, ahem, pit marks and slightly dirty cuffs all appear to have been cleaned.
I mean, I have no idea if this is really cleaning anything in an actual way--although I suppose the same could be said for my general understanding of professional dry cleaning (aside from my new knowledge of the Great Hanger Scandal of 2012)--but I'm all for it. I'm definitely going to keep using it to freshen the dry-clean only pieces I already own, though I'll probably alternate with the pro-guys because I'm neurotic (shocker!).
Word to the wise: The package tells me that not everything can be Dryel'd (new verb alert!) and to avoid using it on: Leather, Velvet, Suede, Fur, Silk or Rayon. So, you know, leave grandma's mink out of it.
Before I sign off, check out these tips on lowering your dry cleaning bill from LearnVest.
Have you ever tried home dry cleaning? Any tips and tricks to share?