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Athleisure pants, Rebekka Taylor floral bomber, Anne Klein heels, graphic T-shirt, and statement necklace (all own)

This post explains why Dryel dry cleaning saves money. It’s not just the costs for the dry cleaner. Read what you really save and spend.


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Dry Cleaning Your Jeans?

When you are a regular reader of fashion magazines you always find the following recommendation

Protect your investment in a dark blue jeans by having it dry-cleaned.

I always thought something like

  • “Great tip gals, but who on Earth has the money for the dry cleaning bill?”
  • “Who has the money for dry cleaning jeans has enough money to buy just a new pair when the old one is dirty!” or
  • “My dry cleaning bill will be higher than the price of my jeans in no time!”


The editors of the magazines argue that your jeans wouldn’t fade so fast. Moreover, the jeans would last longer than when you wash them. I totally agree with these arguments. And, yes their stement is even backed by science! But up to recently, the cost-benefit analysis was in favor for washing my jeans inside out.

Well, recently, I changed my mind. I now dry clean my jeans. Why?

You can save big money by at-home dry cleaning.


What Finally Convinced Me to Start Dry Clean Our Jeans

A kid had spilled vegetable oil at dinner party, we were invited to. At home, I had tried to remove the spot by washing the jeans, but failed two times to get rid of the spot.

My husband was about to trash his favorite jeans. I didn’t want to throw out his nearly brand new perfect pair of jeans and decided to give dry cleaning a try. As a result, I put it in the dry cleaning basket. My plan was to add it to the load the next time I would dry clean with Dryel. When you are a regular on the blog, you know that I became one of the few Dryel Ambassadors.

Last week, Dryel had sent me a package of their brand new dry cleaning pens. Of course, I wanted to try them out immediately. The only thing that had a serious spot was that said jeans. Therefore, I treated the jeans with the Dryel pen. Guess, what? The spot was gone after drying! The jeans was saved. 🙂 I was really impressed that the Dryel dry cleaning pen already removed the spot that soap and water were unable to remove.


how to remove oily spots

Dryel dry cleaning pens for delicate clothes requiring dry cleaning
Six pack of Dryel dry cleaning pens. The pens can be easily carried in your purse to dry clean immediately when a spill happens on delicate clothes that need dry cleaning


I can only recommend the Dryel dry cleaning pen! You can buy the Dryel dry cleaning pens on HSN. You can also find the link when you go to the official Dryel Facebook page.

Tip: Always carry a Dryel dry cleaning pen in your purse.

A spot is never in style except for Dalmatian spots.


Protect your clothes – dry clean them to save

This post also shows the last outfit with these beautiful sweatpants. Why? Because I made the mistake not to dry-clean them!

When you are a regular reader of fashion magazines you always find variations of the following advice

Protect your investment basics by having it dry-cleaned.



Dryel brand ambassador in athleisure pants with floral print jacket
Side view of OOTD
woman over 40 in satin joggers and floral bomber
Trendy marsala satin athleisure pants.



While I recently started to dry clean even our jeans to keep them from fading, I didn’t dry-clean this favorite delicate items, namely my marsala satin athleisure pants. I ruined them in the washer (see photo below)! 🙁

damaged pants
Pants that got damaged when washing. If only I had dry cleaned them instead of washing them. Satin is so delicate!



DIY Dry Cleaning Saves Money

This accident made me think again about the magazines’ advice. Today I would give the following advice to my couple of weeks younger self, i.e., to me prior to washing my favorite summer pants,

Protect your favorite delicate clothes by dry-cleaning them, even if the care instruction doesn’t suggest dry-cleaning.

Sure, these pants hadn’t been very expensive. However, I had them worn only five times. This means that the cost-per-wear was still about $5!


Facit: At-home dry cleaning saves money! Big time!


buying the starter kit and refill together for Dryel dry cleaning saves money
Dryel Starter Kit (left) and Refill (right). The former includes a reusable fabric protection bag, 3 FL OZ booster spray, and 4 ultra cleaning clothes for at-home dry cleaning in your own dryer. It is good for 4 loads with up to 5 pieces. The refill box includes a booster spray and 8 ultra cleaning clothes, i.e. enough for 8 loads.


At home dry-cleaning would have cost me less than a dollar! Not to forget that water and soap also cost money! This means I could still wear my fav pants, if only, if only, I had added them to my at-home dry cleaning pile! Memo to myself:

Dryel dry cleaning saves money not only because it is cheaper than the dry cleaner!

I’d better followed my timeless laundry maintenance tips.


Lessons Learned: Dry Cleaning at Home Protects Clothes at a Fraction of the Cost at the Dry Cleaner’s

Of course, dry cleaning at home saves money as it is cheaper than going to the dry cleaner. Not to mention the time that it saves to go to the dry cleaner twice to drop the items off and to pick them up. At home dry-cleaning also provides the freedom to wear what you want when you want it. DIY dry cleaning can also save money by protecting your favorite clothes from

  • Fading in the wash,
  • Being dyed by bleeding fabrics,
  • Being torn when spinning, which obviously had been the fate of my favorite summer pants. 🙁

That made me think again about the magazine’s recommendations and I started doing the math. DIY at home dry cleaning with Dryel costs less than a dollar per item! Never forget in doing the math that water and soap also cost money! This means I can afford to protect my investment in a great pair of dark jeans from fading and delicates from getting ripped apart. In addition when not washing blue denim, I save my other other laundry from getting blued by accident. I am now dry cleaning my and my hubby’s jeans.

Protect your investment in a great pair of jeans by dry cleaning them at home.


Where to Buy Dryel At-home Cleaning Kits

You can buy the Dryel at-home dry cleaning Dryel Starter Kit and the Dryel pen for dry-cleaning-on-the-go at most local grocery stores in the US and selected stores in Canada. See the Dryel official webpage for retailers. You can also order the Dryel products online at HSN, Target and Amazon just to mention a few. The same is true for the Dryel at-home dry-cleaning Refill Kit.

Dryel starter kit and refill
Dryel starter kit and refill c/o Dryel


Do you dry clean your jeans? Do you DIY or bring them to the dry cleaner? Have you already tried DIY dry cleaning? If not, here is a tutorial how to dry clean at home. It’s super easy! Do you dry clean your delicate or favorite items? Do you dry-clean at home or do you bring your clothes to the dry cleaner? Have you already tried at-home dry cleaning with Dryel?


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