My Tips for Saving Money on Dry Cleaning
Happy Wednesday! As I look around I see the laundry piling up and starting to come over the top of our hamper. Does the laundry task ever really get under control? I try to manage it as best I can by doing at least one load of laundry a day from start to finish. That way, at least for me, it never seems to overwhelming. I also keep a hamper for each individual person in the family. This cuts down on the time tremendously because I’m skipping that evil part of sorting each person clothes out of a huge mixed pile.
I use to sort all the dry cleaning out and feel accomplished seeing the big pile of laundry dwindle down. Dropping it to the cleaners felt so satisfying knowing someone else is washing, drying, and ironing my clothes so I didn’t have to. Until, a week goes by and its time to pickup my items and I am shocked back to reality. The cost! Whoa! Is it worth the convenience? I’m not so sure it is for our family of five. I could certainly find more efficient ways of spending that kind of money. Like, going to the movies, going out to a nice meal, or anything else really.
I’ve previously mentioned about how I’ve started using the Dryel, the original at home dry-cleaning kit, at home. It is a fraction of the cost of dry cleaning. One at home cleaning kit is less than $10. I can easily have a dry cleaning bill of $50 if I drop off my husbands work pants and button downs, along with a few of my finer items. But, $50 for just one drop off and pick up is a chunk of change. It can quickly add up from month to month and when I’m looking for ways to save money for our family the dry cleaning luxury is the first to go.
One way I try to cut down on having to dry clean or specially care for items is to read the laundering tags on the items before I even buy. Some t-shirts I’ve found to have dry cleaning instructions! I mean, a t-shirt?! No. My husbands button down shirts and finer work pants are all cotton blended and nothing fancy. It is nice to see a fresh press on those items, but we do have an iron. One way I’ve cut down on the care of those items is to sort them out from the everyday clothes and wash them separately in the Dryel bags. They get refreshed and actually last longer because we have cut down on the wet-washing and drying which can damage and break down clothes over time. Those tiny buttons on the men’s shirts are a bit fragile and when put from wet to dry too frequently can snap in half or come unattached from the shirt. Using the Dryel bags also severely cuts down on fading, shrinking or stretching of fabric.
I have a high efficiency washing machine without an agitator and clothes sometimes come out all twisted up in a knot. I am always blown away at how things still get tousled around in there!
So to recap, I like to read tags on clothes before purchasing to see what the impact will be on future laundering and my time is valuable so I don’t need too many extras just to wash clothes. Also, sorting through your dry cleaning items to see what is a MUST for you to send out to a cleaner otherwise washing it at home using the Dryel at home cleaning kit.
If you want to try Dryel you can save with this coupon! Let me know if you do!