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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2005 12:27:57 PM »

I hand wash in my washing machine, so it doesn't matter how big the item is.  Just fill the machine with water stop it, then put the sweater in.  I second the Eucelen (sp?) because you don't have to rinse it out.  When I take it out I roll it in a towel to get out the excess water then lay it flat on a towel on my table. 

 I have ruined several "dry clean only" items on gentle cycle.  Also sometimes I use Dryelle (sp?) the home dry cleaning kit.  It actually works OK.
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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2005 05:45:24 PM »

i read somewhere (where?) that drycleaning wool isn't as great for it as handwashing.
Drycleaning leaves a residue on the yarn, or something?
I always handwash woolies.

I have a personal belief that they stick those 'dryclean only' tags on so that stoopid people can't wreck the garment washing it at home then blame the manufacturers, and that it's not necessarily the best way to wash something.... that's totally unfounded though.

« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2005 05:18:37 AM »

Dry cleaning is much harder on the fabric.  It's not too bad on sweaters because they're usually pretty sturdy to begin with and they're not cleaned often.

But for something like a silk shirt, which is delicate and needs to be cleaned often, dry cleaning will wear it out pretty quickly. Hand washing or using a gentle cycle on the machine is much kinder to most fabrics. 


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