Step Away from the Dry Cleaner’s

Let’s be honest here. Dry cleaning is way more hassle than it’s worth. You have to find the time to go to the dry cleaner’s–which is never conveniently located between your house, job, and school–then pay insane prices for each item, wait all day, and then go pick them back up. It’s inconvenient, but we still do it! Why? Because our tags told us. Well what if we told you that you don’t have to make those trips to the dry cleaner’s anymore?

Most items labeled “Dry Clean” can actually be handwashed. Yes. You read that right. Unless an item is particularly delicate because it is hand-stitched, has a lot of beading, or is just generally fragile, you can probably handwash it. However, it is important to note that if the label reads “Dry Clean Only,” it is probably best to go ahead and take it to the cleaner’s because it could be made of fabric that is sensitive to water. Now you’re probably thinking, “But handwashing takes so long and is so involved, I would rather just take it to the dry cleaner’s.” But it’s really not as hard as you think! Plus, it will save you a lot of money (and driving time!).

As we get deeper into fall, we are often washing two items: sweaters and jackets. And inside almost every sweater and jacket is the same label: DRY CLEAN. Don’t let those labels trick you into taking another trip to the dry cleaner’s. You don’t need the help of a professional who charges $10 per sweater. All you need is a sink and a bottle of Roux Maison Delicate Detergent in your favorite scent.

When washing sweaters, fill your sink with cold water and add one capful of your favorite scent of Roux Maison Delicate Detergent. Turn the sweaters inside out and submerge in the water. Gently swish around in the water for 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and lay flat on a towel to dry so the sweater does not lose its shape. If you’re washing many different types of sweaters, refer to our sweater washing guide.

When washing jackets, be sure to wash one at a time so zippers, snaps and buttons do not damage other jackets. Check those labels, though. Some jackets can be lined with fabric much different than the outside and the lining might shrink when coming in contact with water. So be careful when deciding what to handwash and what to send off. For handwashing, fill your sink with cold water and add one capful of our Delicate Detergent. Keep zippers zipped and buttons unbuttoned so as not to damage the fabric or the closures. Swish gently in the water for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. If your jacket is cotton or another flexible fabric, lay flat to dry to maintain its shape. If the jacket is more structured such as denim, hang dry.

Your favorite fall staples don’t have to break the bank with dry cleaning bills. Handwashing these items saves you time and money so you can spend more time carving pumpkins and jumping in piles of leaves. And now you can enjoy those activities even more without worrying about getting dirty and making another trip to the cleaner's!

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