Savings: Dryel is a fraction of the cost of dry cleaners
Athleisure pants, Rebekka Taylor floral bomber, Anne Klein heels, graphic T-shirt, and statement necklace (all own)

Disclosure: Ad. I am proud to be a Dryel ambassador. The post is sponsored by Dryel. They did not endorse this post. I wrote it entirely myself and it represents my own 100% honest opinion.

Contents
    1. Dry cleaning your jeans?
    2. What finally convinced me to start dry clean our jeans
    3. Protect your clothes – dry clean them to save
    4. DIY dry cleaning saves money
    5. Lessons learned: Dry cleaning at home protects clothes at a fraction of the cost at the dry cleaner’s
    6. Top of the World Style linkup party No. 129

 

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. Click To Tweet
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. 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. #iDryel Click To Tweet

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. Thus, 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. Thus, I wanted to try them out. The only thing that had a serious spot was that said jeans. Thus, 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.
#iDryel 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.

Stylist tip: Always carry one in your purse.

A spot is never in style except for Dalmatian spots. #iDryel Click To Tweet

 

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. Click To Tweet

style blogger in a casual outfit with delicate pants

Dryel brand ambassador in athleisure pants with floral print jacket

woman over 40 in satin joggers and floral bomber
Satin joggers with Rebecca Taylor floral silk bomber, Anne Klein pumps, college Tee, and statement necklace (all own)

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 again. Today I would give the following advice to my couple of weeks younger self, i.e., to me prior to washing and thereby ruining my favorite summer pants,

Protect your favorite delicate clothes by dry-cleaning them, even if the care instruction doesn't suggest dry-cleaning. Click To Tweet
Yes, 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!

starter kit and refill
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.

If I had dry-cleaned them at home with Dryel, it would have cost me less than a dollar to do so! 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:

At home dry cleaning saves money not only because it is cheaper than the dry cleaner! Click To Tweet

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. I learned it the hard way that DIY dry cleaning can also save money by protecting your favorite clothes from

  • fading in the wash,
  • being dyed by bleeding fabrics,
  • but also from 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. #iDryel Click To Tweet

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?

P.S. You can buy the Dryel at-home dry cleaning starter kit, Dryel at-home dry-cleaning refills, 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.

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

Welcome to the 129th Top of the World Style linkup party

Thanks to all of you who linked up in the past and make this party great and exciting with your inspiring outfit ideas. Welcome back! You are an awesome crowd!

When you are new, welcome. We are glad you are here. You can sign up the form below to join the VIPs who receive an email invitation each week for the Top of the World Style party.

As a “Thank You” for linking up, I will pin photos from this party’s outfit posts to the Top of the World Style pinterest group board. When you want to pin all the photos of your outfit post to this group board, please follow my boards on pinterest (pinterest requirement to add you), and send me an email with the request to be added to the group board contributors. I will email you an invitation. All you have to do then is to click accept and start pinning your outfits. I would love for you to join us.

By linking up you agree that I may feature you as Top of the World Style Winner, Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav or Top of the World OOTD My Fav and use a photo from your linked up post in the feature. Thank you. 🙂

Top of the World OOTDs

The Top of the World Style Winner is picked by a random generator from the party two weeks ago. The reasons are as follow: Each party runs a week minus 5 minutes. At the time of scheduling a new party, the old party is still in full swing and blogger still can join. To give all guests the same chance, the old party has to have closed before drawing the winner. In plain English, the Top of the World Style Winner visited the linkup party two weeks ago.

Top of the World Style Winner Lorena
Lorena the blogger at My Everyday Wear became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

The winner of this week’s feature is Lorena, the work fashion blogger at My Everyday Wear, who submitted her winning post at the 127th linkup party. Her fake suit with hounds-tooth print vest and white shorts is such a chic outfit for a young professional in an casual work environment. <3

Top of the World OOTD Readers' Fav post on color types
Diagram of the six color types by Pamela Graham, the blogger at Style Yourself Confidently. Her post became Top of the World Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

The post by Pamela Graham at Style Yourself Confident became Top of the World Readers’ Fav as you clicked her post the most. She wrote about the best colors for the six different color types, and a color determining quiz. When you had had your color type determined in the 80s, you may know four spring, summer, fall and winter. However, you may have always felt that some colors of your color palette didn’t work for you. In my case, these colors were the pastels of the winter palette. No wonder, I am a deep. What is your color type? <3

Top of the World Style OOTD My Fav Kristina
Kristen, the travel, fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger at Kontemporary –
Life is a Story became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post

Kristina, the fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle blogger at The Kontemporary – Life is a Story became my favorite of last week’s party. Her culottes outfit is such a neat vacation look for a young European woman. Like women in India they have no problem showing their belly in summer on vacation and the weekend. Of course, at the office it is a no-no except you are a woman lifeguard.

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