The label says “Dry Clean Only” can I wash my dress?



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This question is asked Fabrics.net staff about once a month:  “The label says dry clean only, can I wash my dress?”  The answer is “Of course you can wash your dress but the results may or may not be pleasing to you.”  The dress may shrink, the colors may run, the interfacing might disappear, etc.

First an introduction to garment labels.  How To Read The Laundry Symbols On Your Clothing Tags! | One


I have now! And now I can explain them to you. :-). (Trust me…you’re going to be glad to know this stuff!) Way back in 1971 the FTC started requiring manufacturers to tag their clothing with at least one safe cleaning method.


Learn more about dry cleaning How Dry Cleaning Works

Dry cleaning is a process that cleans clothes without water. The cleaning fluid that is used is a liquid, and all garments are immersed and cleaned in a liquid solvent — the fact that there is no water is why the process is called “dry.” In this vid…


A product that lets you dry clean garments at home is Dryel.  I have tried it and it works great to freshen dry clean garments without adding that solvent odor.  If you have heavily soiled garments, a Professional Dry Cleaner is best.  Living in Style features Dryel®

Watch this clip to see how Dryel® works!


How to select a Dry Cleaner and other fabric care information at Fabrics.net.  Enjoy!



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