It’s great to own nice clothes made from high quality fabrics and laces, but when it comes to keeping those items cleaned it can become a real hassle. That’s because these types of clothes will say things like "hand-wash only," "dry-clean only" and "hang or line dry only"—and no, those options aren’t available on a washing machine. Instead of wearing those fancy pieces once and then leaving them at the bottom of the hamper because they seem too complicated to clean, learn how to properly deal with these "special care" clothing items.
If your article of clothing says "dry clean" only it’s usually best to take a trip to the dry cleaner (especially with suits). Not only will the dry cleaners get it smelling fresh again but they will also press it. But if you down right refuse to pay $4.00 to get a professional to do it, you can always invest in a Dryel kit. Dryel provides a variety of easy to use at home dry-cleaning products. All you have to do is follow the directions on the box and voilà.
When it comes to hand washing it can get pretty tedious. But the important thing to remember is to use the right kind of washing detergent. If you use the kind that you use for the machine it will leave a strong, pungy smell in the clothes. So instead invest in some Woolite or some other detergent that promises to be ideal for hand-washed clothes. To clean your clothes, all you have to do is pour a cap full of detergent into the sink or a small tub and let it fill up with cool water to create soap suds ( almost like you were prepping for a bubble bath). Let your clothes soak in the water for a few minutes and then start working all the main areas (underarms, collar, etc). Ring your clothes of the excess moisture but not too ferociously. The reason these clothes are hand-wash only is because they are delicate and you don’t want it losing its shape. If you have absolutely no time to hand wash, then you can try putting the clothes on the delicate cycle of the washing machine. But be warned that your clothes can be damaged.
For clothes that say "hang dry" or "flat dry" only can be pretty complicated if you live in a dorm but it is possible. Try investing in some hooks or a towel rack that you can hang on the door or lie on the floor. Just make sure you place a towel underneath the articles of clothing because they will drip water.
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