Skip the Dry Cleaners! Do it Yourself at Home with this Simple Trick!

Dry CleanersBelieve it or not, I still have a few  clothes — mostly sweaters and a few dresses — from before I had kids that need to go to the dry cleaners.  Unfortunately, there are many reasons why you might not want to hurry to the dry-cleaner’s every week. Obviously, the cost every week can make a dent in the budget, but the most distressing reason you might want to avoid the dry-cleaner’s is that some of the chemicals used are harmful to your health — even carcinogenic.

While my at-home solution will not get out serious stains, it works great for when the item just needs a refresher.  And you can do it with items you probably already have on hand!

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How to Skip the Dry Cleaners:

Step One:

In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup water, and 5 drops of lemon or orange essential oils. Shake well.

Step Two:

Spray a clean, dry rag with the mixture until it is just damp.

Step Three:

Put the item of clothing with the damp rag inside a pillowcase. Tie it up with a string.

Step Four: 

Put the closed pillowcase in the dryer for 15 minutes.

When you’re done, take the item of clothing out and hang it for 5 minutes. It will smell fresh and ready to wear again, no dry cleaning necessary.


*Note: Do not use this on extremely delicate fabrics like silk. I do this primarily for sweaters and pants.

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  1. Beverly Evershed says:

    I use a lemon cut in half. It brings up the ceramic bathroom shower toilet basin lovely clean white fresh smelling. For really
    grimey dirty surfaces I add bicarbonate or baking powder. Lemons are great for cleaning all surfaces and when washing
    clothes as well..


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