My heart sinks a little when I’ve found the perfect blouse only to find “Dry Clean Only” written on the care instructions label sewn inside. I came in for just one blouse instead I’m faced with easily spending enough for two blouses on a trip to the dry cleaners. It’s definitely an expense I’d like to avoid if I can. Luckily, I’ve learned this quick tip on how to gently clean your ‘dry clean only’ clothes at home. This tip will help you save you a couple of trips to the dry cleaners not to mention a pretty penny or two.
Steam is a natural way of cleaning your clothes. The steam bonds to the dirt and bacteria, lifting both out when it evaporates. Trust me when I say investing in an at home steam cleaner is well worth it and will extend the life of your dry clean only jackets, blouses, and trousers for at least one more wear.
How To Steam Clean Your Clothes
Mix one part distilled white vinegar with one part distilled water and spray onto the affected areas. Direct the steam onto that area immediately afterwards. Let it naturally air out, but you can also use a fan to speed up the process. If you let it just air out on its own it may take a few more passes with the steamer before the odor lifts out completely.
Some additional points to mention:
- Test an inconspicuous spot first before steam cleaning the whole thing.
- Be careful with fabrics like silk and velvet. Watermarks are possible to occur. To prevent watermarks steam clean at least 6 inches away from the fabric and don’t hover the steamer over one area for too long.