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HELP...my dry cleaner is taking me to the cleaners!

October 19th, 2008 at 01:46 pm

I have recently taken a hard look at my living expenses -- those seemingly petty expenses that add up -- and identified areas where I can trim and save. Gone are Starbucks lattes and shopping out of boredom are a thing of the past. I cut coupons, compare gas prices in the area and re-use whatever I can. I am making significant traction and feel really good about it.

One area that I am stuck is drycleaning. In my area, the average cost to dryclean one item is $5. After a week's worh of suits and blouses, my tab is usually $50. I've already started switching to machine washable garments and hand washing blouses, but wool suits still need to be dry cleaned.

Any ideas for alternative cleaning as well as for my fellow CT residents, any insight on the best/least expensive cleaners in the Fairfield County area?

2 Responses to “HELP...my dry cleaner is taking me to the cleaners!”

  1. debtfreeme Says:

    Have you looked at the dryel product for use in the dyer? or not using wool suits every day? or not cleaning them each time you wore them if nothing is spilled on them?

  2. scfr Says:

    I use "Dry Cleaner's Secret" sheets in my dryer ... In my experience, they do a better job and smell better than Dryel. I have purchased them on Ebay & Amazon.com. (Check your local stores first and then comparison shop.)

    Some of your items may be hand washable even tho they say "Dry Clean Only" ... but if you're not confident about your knowledge of fabrics, take it slow and do a bit of experimenting so you don't ruin too many articles of clothing in the prcess.

    You don't have to go the DIY route cold turkey. You can experiement, starting out with every other cleaning done professionally and every other DIY, and gradually decrease the frequency of professional cleaning. Eventually, you may get to the point where you use the dry cleaner only occasionally.

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