Cleaning => Laundry => Dry Cleaning in Your Dryer
Dry Cleaning in Your Dryer
by Deborah Michelle Sanders, J.D.
You can dry-clean clothes at home for about 50 cents per
using Custom Cleaner Home Dry Cleaning kit (which is sold in a
in the laundry detergent aisle, priced for somewhere between $7
The initial kit includes a special heavy plastic bag with a
seal and 3 special dry-cleaning sheets. You place a dry-cleaning
in the bag along with your 4 blouses or 2 large garments and seal the bag.
tumble-dry the bag on low heat or the permanent-press
There is also a refill kit sold, with 5 dry-cleaning sheets
but no plastic
bag. The plastic bag lasts for 8 dry-cleaning cycles in my
manufacturer claims it will last for 20).
I have found results from using the Custom Cleaner kits very
with silk blouses and dresses. I would go to a professional
however, if there were stains on such garments, even though the
of Custom Cleaner gives directions for stain removal. This
of an interview I had with David Uchic of the International
He says that the Custom Cleaner kit (and Proctor & Gamble's competing
Elle, which is not yet on the market) simply "freshens" garments
dry-cleanings. He says that the kits will remove the smell of
from garments, for example. But they will not remove dirt.
Furthermore, it is important to remove dirt before pressing a
Mr. Uchic feels that it is unethical for Custom Cleaner to
it "dry-cleans" garments because it sounds as though it is safe to iron the
after its being "freshened" with the kit.
In any event, Custom Cleaner is definitely not suitable for
garments such as jackets or sportscoats. And a raincoat or winter
is simply too heavy to be used in the kit's plastic bag.
Still, despite its limitations, it is wonderful to be able to
dry-cleaning bills, even if all you can do with the kits is to
lightweight garments between regular dry-cleanings.
Reprinted with permission.