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Contents
  1. A tag “Dry Cleaning Only” used to break the deal
  2. Visits to the dry-cleaner suck
  3. How trying Dryel changed my mind
  4. Stay in control of your clothes cleaning

A tag “Dry Cleaning Only” used to break the deal

Once upon a time, I wouldn’t buy a piece of clothes when the care instruction said Dry Cleaning Only. I just didn’t like that I would have to drive to the dry cleaner, drop the piece off, pay for the cleaning prior to pick-up, wait half a week, pick the piece up, ensure that the garment wouldn’t wrinkle on the drive home, have to air the piece as I don’t like the smell. For these reasons I didn’t wear any pants like the one in this posts outfit.

fashion over 40 woman in summer outfit

fashion blogger over 50 in casual look with pants

mature fashion woman in casual summer pants
Shein shirt, Orvis seesucker pants, Coach bag, Hermes collier de chien bangle, statement belt, Jord green wood watch, horse bite slides (all own), sunglasses c/o Winkwood and bomber c/o Shein

Visits to the dry-cleaner suck

For me a trip to the dry cleaner would be 15 minutes one way. If I am lucky, it will take me 40 minutes round trip including the time it takes until they have filled out the forms. Furthermore, I have to come back 2 to 4 days later for pick-up. What a waste of time!

Another bad thing at the dry-cleaner’s: They click that customer identifier tag into the fabric of the fancy dress when you are not fast enough to ask to clip it to the tag! At least mine used to do that! 🙁

How trying Dryel changed my mind

Well, that was before a girl friend of mine introduced me to Dryel at-home dry cleaning. Since she was so excited about at-home dry cleaning, I tried it myself.

I immediately understood her excitement. I save time with Dryel at-home dry cleaning as I don’t have to drive to the dry cleaner. Dryel is easy to use as you can see in my infographic on how to use Dryel.

Dryel 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.

The starter package permits to dry clean 20 pieces at home at half the price I normally pay for one item at the dry cleaner. I only have to wait about 15 minutes to have my clothes cleaned at home in my own dryer instead of 3 to 5 days at the dry cleaner’s. The ultra cleaning clothes has biodegradable cleaning agents and no harsh chemicals. Thus, cleaned items smell so good that I even keep the dry cleaning clothes and put it into my underwear drawer.

Today I don’t put a piece of clothes aside when I love it, the price is right, it is a perfect fit for my shape and the pieces I already own, but the care instruction says Dry Cleaning only.

view of contents of starter kit and refill and protection bag
Look into the Dryel Starter Kit (left) and Refill package (bottom right). On the upper right, the reusable fabric protection bag with zipper closure is shown.

Stay in control of your clothes cleaning

There is also another thing I like about DIY clothes care. You probably know this meanwhile fade riddle:
What's a woman's nightmare? The dress she wants to wear is at the dry cleaner. #riddle Click To Tweet

But now seriously. Has this dress-up nightmare ever happened to you? You got an invitation to a party that is the perfect occasion to wear that fancy dress. Such occasions are rare! You pull the dress from the storage and discover a big spot in the most visible place, too big to cover up with a brooch or where a brooch would look odd and draw the attention to the spot.

Of course, Murphy’s Law applies. Your favorite dress, it is the dress that needs dry cleaning! You now have to make two trips to the mall to drop the dress off and pick it up. Of course, it is the busy week because of that holiday, the deadline for a report at work, or whatever additional item on your over-committed week’s to-do list. Sounds familiar?

midlife blogger in a chic little red dress

mature woman in red dress

over 40 woman looking posh in LRD
Outfit details: eShakti fit-and-flare LRD, square triangle folded floral silk scarf, black and Hermes gold collier de chien belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, black pearl necklace, Seiko watch, and nude round-toe Calvin Klein pumps (all own)

My solution to this wardrobe/dressing nightmare is to always have Dryel handy in my laundry room. It just takes less than 5 minutes to pre-treat the spot, put the item in the reusable Dryel bag, put it into the dryer, set the dryer to the right temperature and time. Once the time is up, you just hang your item back on the hanger so it won’t wrinkle. You can find more detailed instructions how to use Dryel on the package and at my Dryel 101 post.

In the meantime, you can do what you had planned to do while your item gets dry-cleaned at home. What a time saver! In my case, at least 34 minutes even when you also count the time to search for Dryel at your local grocery store in the laundry section. Of course, you can also find coupons at Dryel online to also save money.

In a nutshell: At home dry-cleaning provides freedom

Dryel gives me the freedom to wear what I want when I want it! I love being in control of my own affairs. <3 Try it out, you will love that freedom too! Not to mention who doesn’t love to save time and money? You can find the starter kit and refills at your grocery store in the clothes cleaning aisle, at Target, Walmart or order it online from Dryel or at amazon.
Do you love your freedom to wear what you want when you want it? When the answer is yes, tweet I love my freedom to wear what I want when I want it! #iDryel Click To Tweet

For those of you who have “dry Cleaning Only” attire, you may also be interested in the savings on dry cleaners’ costs.

midlife style blogger in long leather coat
Gipsy long leather coat with floral scarf, Calvin Klein pumps, and Burberry bag (all own)

P.S. Dryel now even has a dry cleaning pen the size of a liquid lipstick. It fits in your purse with the makeup items and can give you the peace of mind to always be prepared when a “spill” happens. Remember except for Dalmatians and leopards, spots are never in style!

dry cleaning pen
Dryel dry cleaning pen. To illustrate the size a red liquid lip stain is shown in the far left. The dry cleaning pen fits easily in a makeup bag for use on the go whenever needed.

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Photos: N. Mölders, G. Kramm

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