We often buy clothes with a tiny label saying ‘dry-clean only’ and this can be a regret for some! Clothes meant for dry cleaning cannot be tossed in the washing machine like your regular clothes as it may cause lint, staining or shrinkage. But, believe it or not, most garments with a dry-clean-only tag can actually be washed at home; you just need the right technique. Read on to know how to wash ‘Dry-Clean Only’ clothes at home:


  • If the item is made from wool, silk, or cotton, you may gently wash it by hand. Avoid washing leather, fur, feathers, and other extremely fragile fabrics by hand. Mix soap flakes with cold water in a basin or bucket. Dip the garment in and out of the soapy water. Rub any areas that are soiled, such as the armpits and collars, using your finger tips. Rinse the garment with cold water and lay it on a flat dry towel. Roll the towel with medium pressure and repeat this to remove any water from the garment. Reshape the garment and dry it in shade.
  • Cottons, linens, and durable polyesters can usually withstand machine washing. Turn your garments inside out and slip them into a mesh bag designed to hold delicates during a wash. Machine wash cold with a mild detergent, using the gentlest cycle available. Snatch your garments from the machine as soon as the cycle ends, and lay them out flat to dry.