Easy tips to help you save money now on dry cleaning costs.
The best way to save on dry cleaning cost is to dry clean less. Households spend an average of $1,500 a year on dry cleaning. And 65 percent of those clothes are actually washable, according to one study. Wool, cashmere, silk, rayon, polyester, and spandex can all be washed from the machine, if you're careful. Use the delicate or hand wash cycle and cold water, and a gentle fabric care product. The launders.com is a site specializing in gentle cleaning products. Lay wool or cashmere flat to dry. Everything else, including cotton and linen, can be thrown in the dryer on a low heat setting, and then pressed. Suits should be hung up immediately, air it out, and spot cleaned with a lint-free cloth. Follow that routine, and you could limit dry cleaning to two to four times a season. Meanwhile, be sure to occasionally clean the machine that's washing your fine clothes. Pour two cups of vinegar into the tub, and run through a complete cycle on the hottest setting. This will help remove stains, odors, and detergent buildup. Though you may have to invest a little more time, you'll appreciate wearing clean clothes that have a little more cash in the pockets.