Can you wash something that is dry clean only?
Whether or not you can wash clothes meant for dry cleaning depends on your clothing’s care label. Many clothing manufacturers label delicate fabrics as “dry clean” to keep you from ruining them in the washing machine. However, this doesn’t mean you must dry clean every delicate clothing item. Clothing tags marked “dry clean” or “dry clean recommended” may wash well at home with the right care. If the label says “dry clean only,” don’t put it into your washing machine.
Washing dry clean only clothing can ruin the garment, so it’s best to take it to a professional cleaner. If you don’t see washing instructions, look instead at the material the clothing is made from – leather, suede, beaded or sequined items, silk, acetate, velvet, wool and taffeta should be dry cleaned.
Our guide can help you understand how to wash “dry clean” clothes at home and determine whether to take that dress shirt, sweater or pair of pants to the professionals.