Everyone wants to dress nicely and look sharp. Whether you invest in higher quality clothes for work or for your personal style, maintenance of such items can get costly. For example, quality clothes can come with some added expenses, like dry cleaning. And if you’re seeking debt relief, routine dry cleaning may not be in the cards (or the budget). There’s no reason why you should stop showing off your great wardrobe when you can take a few steps to save on on the cost of dry cleaning.
Save on Dry Cleaning
Your wardrobe is an investment. Because the quality and care of your clothing are important, you may be hesitant to cut back on trips to the dry cleaner. What if this effort to get out of debt faster will reduce the lifespan of your favorite clothes? Here’s a list of tips to help you take good care of your clothes, save on dry cleaning costs and still look crisp and put together.
- Go less frequently. Instead of making weekly dry cleaning trips, try reducing your outings to once a month or when you have a specific important event.
- Check washing instructions. Half the battle of clothing upkeep is proper care. Look at the washing instructions beforehand to avoid ruining your clothes! If you’re nervous or unsure about what setting to use, consider hand-washing or using the delicate setting in your washing machine. Also, avoid buying more clothes that are “dry clean only”. Some washing instructions specify “dry clean only” while others say “dry clean”. Taking items to the dry cleaner isn’t absolutely necessary unless the tag reads “dry clean only”. Otherwise, you can wash the piece at home. Look for clothes that can be washed at home while shopping.
- Re-wear items. There’s no need to dry clean a suit or dress after each and every time you wear it. To save some money, wear items a minimum of two times before taking it to the professionals.
- Steam your clothes. Steaming your clothes can have the same effect as dry cleaning. Find an inexpensive steamer online or in regular stores like Target or Bed, Bath & Beyond. Then, use it to steam out the wrinkles in your clothes after washing so they look as good as new.
- Treat stains ASAP. Use stain removers. Keep a stain stick on hand in case of emergencies when you’re out and about. If you’re home and have a spill, immediately apply OxyClean, bleach, or other stain removers when you put the clothes in the wash. Try soaking the clothes, too.
- Air dry. Many dry cleaning regulars are intimidated by the dryer. To be fair, the dryer is a common culprit for ruining clothes during home care. If you’re unsure of whether an item should go in the dryer, let it air dry! This method will save clothes from shrinking, color bleeding, and hopefully save you some energy of running the dryer more often.
- Take good care of your clothes. There’s nothing worse than a shirt stretching out or losing it’s color because it’s washed too frequently or hasn’t had proper care. Regularly use products like Woolite and fabric softener to prolong the life of your clothes. Also, avoid hangers that will cause your clothes to lose form. Here are some other ways to save on clothes.