• Nathalie

5 dry cleaning tips everyone should read

January 2021.

Taking good care of what we have is common sense to reduce our consumption and our waste, so even though I am not a big fan of going to the dry cleaner, we do occasionally use this service for my husband's suits that require special care.


But this practice is far from being environmentally friendly nor safe for our health and the cleaner's health. That is why I decided to share the 5 things I do to reduce the harmful impacts of our dry cleaning needs.



But first, what is dry cleaning?

The word cleaning can be misleading...

Cleaning a fabric "dry" means cleaning it with a chemical solvent instead of water.

A dry cleaner is generally a go to for cleaning fabrics that would be damaged by water, very sensitive fibres or to remove hard stains with stronger products.


Though cleaner solvent options are now available using silicone based solvents and organic ones, you might not always have access to them depending on where you live or on your budget.



My 5 tricks to use dry cleaning services safely and responsibly:

  1. Bring your own bag/protective cover: no more single use plastic bag! Make sure to mention it when dropping off and/or picking up your clothes. If your item is already wrapped in a single use cover, kindly ask the cleaner to remove it and to use yours.

  2. Bring back hangers your don't need. They will be reused.

  3. Remove the protective cover as soon as you arrive home to avoid moisture stains and eliminate chemical residues.

  4. Hang your item in an airy space before putting it back in your closet and avoid breathing it.

  5. Avoid buying clothes that requires special care, they are usually not environmentally conscious to begin with and will cost you time and money to maintain.



Let's finish on a 1 ingredient DIY!

Maybe you use a dry cleaning service to give your shirts extra texture and perfect finish, and if that's the case, I got a recipe for you. It's a very old trick called starching.


To make your starch spray, bring to boil 2 1/2 cups of water with 1 1/2 tbsp of starch, make sure there are not lumps and let it cool. Spray on the shirt as you iron.

I would recommend you to test your product first on a small corner of the fabric.



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