Life Lessons: Drycleaners Are Your Friend

Life Lessons: Drycleaners Are Your Friend 

When I was but a poor millennial (well, I’m still a poor millennial), sending my clothes to the drycleaners felt ridiculous. I always grew up with a washer/dryer and I still currently have one in my apartment, so I always poo-poo’ed at the notion of paying someone to wash my clothes when I could do it myself. 

But within the past year, I came to the realization that there are just certain things that are better when sent to the drycleaner. The best example would be some of my Realisation Par dresses, where the dresses and tops are mostly made out of silk crepe and I’ve noticed after multiple washings that the fabric of some of the items started to change. Wools and silks that are made of natural fibers will dry clean beautifully, but put those same items into water and it can end up shrinking or losing its color (which is what happened to the dress I’m wearing, which is a much less vibrant red as it was when I first bought it). 



Another example is this Reformation dress which, after an accidental toss in with some cotton tees and some towels, got a bit pill-y. Since I’m not in the habit of continually buying clothes and instead try to use and re-use items already in my closet, starting to invest in dry-cleaning my clothes became a more appealing option. 



Which brings us to the teaching part of this post, which items you should dry clean. I’ve listed the most common ones and the ones that I set aside a small pile of weekly so I can drop it off at my local drycleaner. Additionally, if there are any stains or marks on the item that you’re bringing to the drycleaner, make sure to point it out to make sure it’s taken care of!


What Items Should You Dry Clean?

Silk shirts

Anything with beading or sequins or delicate embellishments


Items with pleats


Lately, when I have these dirty items, I always send them to the dry cleaner, especially if the items were pricey. I mean, if you’re spending over $300 on a dress, wouldn’t you want to make sure it’s well taken care of? And even if you didn’t spend $300 on a dress, if it’s an item that you love and care about, you’d want to keep it in pristine condition, no?

So . . . dry clean it! It’s definitely worth it and you’ll up the longevity of the item. It’s just one of those “adult” things I’ve relegated myself to. 



This post brought to you by my wrinkled Reformation slip dress, which could have definitely used a trip to the drycleaners!