| Is there a way to dry clean clothes at home using only natural cleaning agents?

Is there a way to dry clean clothes at home using only natural cleaning agents?

Brian asked:

I really want to avoid chemicals.

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5 Responses to “Is there a way to dry clean clothes at home using only natural cleaning agents?”

  1. geprince on May 23rd, 2009 11:52 pm

    on some close you can use Woolite…do a small test spot …after the Woolite..DO NOT put in dryer..just let it drip dry…I do this with a pair of wool dress pants that say dry clean only..they are still good after many years

  2. johntony49 on May 25th, 2009 11:28 pm

    i worked for company years ago who carried a product called renuzit it was a home dry cleaning agent don,t know if its still exist or not.

  3. Singinganddancing on May 28th, 2009 8:45 am

    Not to “dry clean,” no. And just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it’s not toxic. Be careful of that.

    It depends on the fabric, but wool, down, and many silks can be washed with Woolite in cold water, on delicate cycle.

    I’ve found that airing suits, steaming and re-pressing them can reduce your need for dry-cleaning. Spot cleaning any spills. That and meticulous attention to personal hygiene (showering before wearing and an effective deodorant being the most important).

  4. AZZ219 on May 28th, 2009 7:08 pm

    With 20+ years of D/C industry experience your clothes, which you spend good money on, are handled and processed in a professional manner. To better understand what goes on ask your dry cleaner to show you the process. It will take you all of 20 minutes to see how your clothes are handled and that proper regulations are followed to clean and press your clothes. If you don’t llike what you see there are plenty of qualified dry cleaners that will be glad to have your business.

  5. itsmefromny on May 30th, 2009 2:59 am

    It depends what the fabric is and how much it is soiled and what kind of stains are on the fabric. I wash delicate silk garments at home by using woolite and white vinegar. Here is the ratio - 1 part vinegar and 20 part water. 1 cap of woolite or ivory detergent (they are very mild compare to tide). Soak the garment in vinegar - woolite and vinegar mixture. Let it soak for 15 minutes. You can use your hands to rub the fabric together gently if there are any stains on it. Remember - if it is delicate silk, do not - do not use plain water to rinse the fabric. Always use vinegar mixed water to rinse it. Typically - you will need 2 to 3 rinses. If the garment is not soiled and you want to avoid detergent completely, you can soak the fabric in vinegar mixed water and then rinse it in plain water or another mixture of vinegar and water could be used to rinse. Finally you can rinse it in just plain water. Go ahead and wash those delicates. There is another tip for delicate silk - towel dry the garment and iron while it is damp. You will have a perfect dry cleaned smell.