How often did you put a gorgeous skirt, dress, blazer – you name it – back on the rack when you saw the tag “dry cleaning only” when check for the care advise? If you are like me, it probably was every time you saw it. Or at least close to that. Why? I hated not to be able to clean pieces, but had to bring them to the dry cleaner. Two additional trips in my already busy schedule! 😦
If you have the same problem, you be interested in how I fixed the problem. In other words, a care tag reading “dry cleaning” is no reason any more to not buy the piece. Last year, I learned about Dryel, an at home dry cleaner.
Dryel permits you to be your own dry-cleaner and it works!
I used Dryel to clean my tweed skirt. And it was as easy as 1-2-3. Here are the how-to steps:
- Buy the Dryel Starter Kit at your retailer or online from Dryel.
- Pre-treat stains with the Dryel booster spray.
- Put up to five items and one Dryel cleaning cloth into the re-usable fabric protection bag.
- Zip the bag.
- Put it into your dryer.
- Set the dryer on medium heat and its timer to 30 minutes for deep clean or 15 minutes for refreshing. Note I typically do deep cleaning.
- Once the time is up, take the bag from the dryer, the item from the bag and place it on a hanger so potential wrinkles fall out.
- Take the dry cleaning cloth from the bag. ❤
- Store the bag for reuse. It is good for up to 30 times. Note that the bag ensures a temperature-controlled environment of air around the garments.
- Wear your garment.
- Repeat steps 1 to 10 when the item gets dirty again.
Hang the used Dryel cloth into your closet for a fresh smell.
Cost per use
The Dryel Starter Kit costs about $9.99 and is good for up to 20 pieces. The Dryel refill has the same price and is good for up to 40 pieces. Dryel also has a dry cleaning pen that you can carry around in your purse.
Let us assume you clean five items at a time. Then, the at-home dry cleaning costs you about a quarter (25 US cents) plus one fifth of the electricity needed per piece. These costs are much less than the typical $15 at the dry cleaner’s plus the gasoline costs going there twice. In my case, it would be driving 12 miles (19 km) – round trip. The bigger your car, the more expensive is the trip to the dry cleaner, and hence out of home dry cleaning. 😉
Pin the Dryel at home dry cleaning cycle
Do you have a lot of clothes that require dry-cleaning? Have you already tried at-home dry-cleaning with Dryel? If so, have you also made a good experience? Let me know about your experience. I am curious whether you are as excited about at home dry-cleaning than I am. 🙂
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