Dry Clean Only

bayosgirl bayosgirl
A few days ago I received a beautiful peice of lingerie as an assignment. I was so excited to take it out of the package, but when I read the tag I felt a bit deflated. It reads "dry clean only." I am not into the chemicals used in dry cleaning, and not keen on complete strangers seeing such a personal item of mine either. Does anyone know if there is a way around this? Washing by hand with cold water and mild soap, maybe? I want to wash it before wearing it, but I also don't want to ruin it. TIA for your replies.
01/20/2012
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BobbiJay BobbiJay
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Maybe these could help you out.
01/20/2012
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
Can you share a link to the item? Could it be that its recommended for dry cleaning mainly because of bows or something that could be removed and put on safety pins?

Or is it due to sequins?

It helps if we can see the item and the material description for it.
01/20/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Sure, here it is: ClickHere
01/20/2012
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
OMG - is that as pretty as it looks? I know its not my size...dang it.

I'd probably just wash it by hand with some woolite or something in the sink. I will be doing that with some of my dry clean only stuff.
01/20/2012
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
honestly, that doesn't looks like it can only be dry cleaned. I'm basing this off of other items I have from them.
01/20/2012
js250 js250
Buy the dry clean kit and use it in your dryer...or hand wash in baby safe soap or Woolite(what I use), and air dry it.
01/20/2012
OhMy! OhMy!
Having previously worked at a dry cleaners for many years, they have probably put that in the care instructions to ensure the dyes do not bleed when washed in a traditional way, or in a machine that has an agitator. That said, you can still do some things at home. First, the home dry clean kits aren't really "dry cleaning" at all, and are a waste of money. "Dry cleaning" anything in the dryer does nothing more than set stains long term.

Your best option is to hand soak/wash in a light or mild detergent, such as Woolite or hand soap. Test a small area of it in cold water first to test for colorfastness. If this works, then you can proceed with washing the entire thing.

An tidbit for those of you who have never known: Dry cleaning is NOT a dry process. The garments are bathed in a chemical solution (normally perchloroethylene or another petroleum-based solution) in a machine that is similar to a front-loading washing machine. Since the chemical contains no water, it is considered a "dry" chemical, hence the name "dry cleaning".
01/20/2012
Liz2 Liz2
I would never have a lingerie item dry cleaned. I really would not want a chemically infused garment next to my bear skin.

I would gently wash it as others have said and dry it flat.
01/20/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
I have other items from DreamGirl that have said "Dry clean only" and have fared fine through my washer and drier. I would definitely put it in a lingerie bag though if you're going to do that. Otherwise, I think you'd be fine hand washing it.
01/20/2012
Beck Beck
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Originally posted by OhMy!
Having previously worked at a dry cleaners for many years, they have probably put that in the care instructions to ensure the dyes do not bleed when washed in a traditional way, or in a machine that has an agitator. That said, you can still do some ... More
I think I would go with this!
01/20/2012
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
That is GORGEOUS, first off. And second off, I agree with people saying to wash it by hand or maybe put it in a lingerie bag and set it on super delicate cycle. And I would hang-dry it honestly.
01/20/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
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Originally posted by OhMy!
Having previously worked at a dry cleaners for many years, they have probably put that in the care instructions to ensure the dyes do not bleed when washed in a traditional way, or in a machine that has an agitator. That said, you can still do some ... More
This is great information. Thank you!
01/20/2012
Tuesday Tuesday
Manufacturers often say clothes are dry clean only just to protect themselves. I've had great success with gently hand washing MANY things that had dry clean only tags.

My experience with the product to let you "dry clean" clothes in the dryer was not positive at all. I'll never try that again. That left weird marks like water marks all over my clothes.
01/20/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
That's a gorgeous piece. I think they have it in blue as well which I prefer and plan on getting at some point. I used to use Dryel for my dry clean products and have not had any issues.
01/20/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
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Originally posted by Tuesday
Manufacturers often say clothes are dry clean only just to protect themselves. I've had great success with gently hand washing MANY things that had dry clean only tags.

My experience with the product to let you "dry clean" ... More
Yeah, I used Dryel before and found it didn't really clean my clothes, just left them with a STRONG smell, which was not good for me (chemical sensitivities.)

With this new information, I'm going to try hand-washing my winter pea coat as well!
01/21/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
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Originally posted by OhMy!
Having previously worked at a dry cleaners for many years, they have probably put that in the care instructions to ensure the dyes do not bleed when washed in a traditional way, or in a machine that has an agitator. That said, you can still do some ... More
Thanks for sharing this! It is extremely helpful for all of us who see that label and run in fear
01/22/2012
samanthalynn samanthalynn
That is GORGEOUS
01/26/2012
BlackxxxRose BlackxxxRose
Thanks for all these posts, I've got a few dry clean only items that I haven't taken to a cleaner's because 1) I don't want other people handling my clothes, 2) the idea of all those chemicals icks me out and 3) I'd be mortified to walk into a cleaner's and hand over my personals. I think I'll try very gentle handwashing from now on.
01/26/2012
Shellz31 Shellz31
I don't pay much attention to Dry Clean Only tags. Often it's just bullshit. I received a corset that had that on the label, but I just hand washed it with no troubles at all.
I live in the sticks and there's only one dry cleaning place an hr away from me. I'm not driving all that way and forking out for them to clean an item for me when it's perfectly fine being hand washed.

I don't like the idea of strangers fondling my clothing either.
01/26/2012
BuckeyeGal04 BuckeyeGal04
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Originally posted by bayosgirl
Sure, here it is: ClickHere
Oh that is GORGEOUS!!
01/26/2012
BuckeyeGal04 BuckeyeGal04
Since it's poly and spandex, I would think it would be fine to cold-water wash and line dry.
01/26/2012
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