At-Home Answers to Dry Cleaning

03_20_09_cleanclothes.jpgWe're not fans of dry cleaning; in fact, in our adult lives, we've only taken one garment to the cleaners... and that was a bridesmaid's dress. We don't like the rising costs, the toxins, or having to take our clothes out of the house and bring them back.

But we have a few items now that we'd like gently cleaned sans water, which means finding an inexpensive and easy way to do that. After following a couple of tips, read on to see what we've learned.

Dryel touts itself as a greener alternative to dry cleaning, and we're going to agree here; without the harsh toxins of commercial dry cleaning, and the trip needed to get to and from the cleaners, it's much better. And you can clean a few garments at a time.

We looked for comparable items from other brands, but came up with a loss.

We've also gotten brave and tried throwing some of our more delicate items on the gentle wash, and then line-drying them. So far, so good. We've even heard reports of folks doing this with--gasp--silk and cashmere.

So, your turn readers: any of you found a good at-home method for dry cleaning?

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