When I first heard about products like Woolite's Dry Cleaner's Secret & Dryel Home Dry Cleaning, I was pretty skeptical. I mean, doesn't it seem like magic happens when you bring those Dry Clean Only garments to the professionals and they come back in plastic bags looking brand new?
My husband just returned from a business trip to Africa. He had two suits and 5 shirts for two weeks. Needless to say, those suits came back looking pretty dusty, wrinkly and stinky. This would normally be a time that I would take those suits straight to the dry clean professionals, but since many of you have asked if home dry cleaning was possible, I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it first!
I recently came across a coupon for Woolite's product and figured I'd give it at try. The worst case scenario was that I was out $7 and I'd have to take my dry clean only garments to the professionals anyway.
Woolite includes 6 packets of dry clean chemical soaked cloths. One cloth will clean up to four pieces of clothing - depending on the size. The instructions are pretty straight-forward. Just wipe away any stains on the clothing using the cloth first, then put everything in the dryer for 20 minutes on medium heat. It is important that you remove the clothing immediately after the dryer is finished to be sure it's wrinkle-free.
I used one cloth on 2 suits and 1 tie. The tie had a pretty nasty stain on it which came right off using the Woolite cloth. I also went along the sleeve and pant cuffs of the suits with the cloth, assuming those would be the dirtiest places.
Here's the final result:
Overall, I was very satisfied with this product. It wasn't very time consuming and the clothes came out smelling fresh. They were not perfectly pressed as you might get from a real Dry Cleaner, but they were acceptable. A quick ironing would make them perfect!
Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Woolite Home Dry Cleaning: $7.00 (with coupon), or I just found it here for $5.00 for six cloths that clean four garments each.
Total Fake-It Cost: $1.16, 2 Men's Suits & 1 Tie
Professional Dry Cleaning: $12.60 per Suit, $4.85 per Tie (using estimates from Bergmann's Cleaners)
Total Fake-It Savings: $28.89*
*Depending on how much dry cleaning you do per year, this could really save you a bunch! Based on my experience, we could save over $173.00 per box!
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