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rabidstoat
11-18-2007, 04:44 PM
I have a confession: today, I put TWO items that said "line dry only" in the tumble dryer! Two of them! I am such a rebel!

Both of them came out okay. One was a sweater (but an extremely non-delicate type), and the other was a pair of slacks. I was willing to risk them in case they shrunk, but nope. It turned out fine!

Any other laundry rebels out there? And is anyone more daring than me? Have you ever (gasp!!!) put something marked "dry clean only" in the washer?

I'm reminded of a comedy skit by Seinfeld, I think it was. He said that he was always amazed how many risks people would take in life: extreme sports, drunk driving, riding motorcycles without helmets, those sorts of things. But that "dry clean only" label is almost sacred. These same people will gasp in terror and scream "oh no, you can't put that into the washer, it's dry clean only, are you crazy?!" Hee hee. It's true, and probably a lot of things will shrink or turn out bad if you wash them, but I almost feel like my washer will explode if they slip in.


bargoo
11-18-2007, 04:57 PM
I don't buy things that have to be dry cleaned.

srmb60
11-18-2007, 05:01 PM
Too funny!

I hardly ever handwash anything.

How about ironing? I have a friend who actually LIKES it.


murphmitch
11-18-2007, 05:40 PM
Yikes, ironing! Will do just about anything to avoid it, including rewashing an item. I, too, am a daredevil when it comes to dry clean items. I just wash them in cold water on delicate cycle, or hand wash if I'm really leery. I have shrunk a few things by drying them, even on delicate dry cycle. I hate to pay for dry cleaning and I don't think it's good for the environment. I've tried those home dry clean products, Dryell I think, but I don't think they work.

melekalikimaka
11-18-2007, 05:53 PM
I have heard that some items can be dry cleaned once, then washed in the delicate or handwash cycle thereafter. You wouldn't want to do this with obviously delicate items, but some sweaters or other items can definitely be water washed instead of dry cleaned.

I usually avoid buying things if it says dry clean only as well. The few items I do have wait an awfully long time to go to the cleaners, it sometimes seems like I only go twice a year :lol:


I had a friend who used to iron everything straight out of the dryer--even her husband's underwear! Yikes! I iron only when absolutely necessary. I hate anything to do with doing laundry :lol:

murphmitch
11-18-2007, 06:00 PM
I learned to iron by ironing pillowcases and my mother always made us iron all my Dad's & brothers' colored t-shirts. I've heard of people who ironed their sheets also. What kind of underwear would you iron? Certainly not briefs!!

bargoo
11-18-2007, 07:31 PM
I thought it was the greatest day of my life when I learned other women didn't like to iron either.

ANOther
11-19-2007, 02:19 PM
I'm not an ironer and don't wear anything delicate either. If I did, I'd likely hand-wash it

cbmare
11-19-2007, 02:27 PM
My mom was an ironing freak! We had to iron the pillow cases, sheets, boxer shorts, bras, you name it - we had to iron it.

We had to sprinkle everything before ironing as well.

At least we didn't have to iron the towels and wash cloths.

AND STARCH!!!! Momma was a starchaholic, too!

melekalikimaka
11-19-2007, 02:57 PM
Oh my sister is a starchaholic--so much that, if you attempt to use the ironing board after her, your clothes will stick to the board and you will have to peel them off, that's just from the residue of the starch overspray! Gross!!

practiceliving
11-19-2007, 03:07 PM
Life is too short to iron. :D Hanging or folding most things gets rid of the wrinklies, I find. Anything reeally wrinkle-prone just doesn't get purchased!

I do handwash, though. Bras, mostly, but also things marked "dry clean only" if they are too delicate for the washing machine.

StillTryin
11-19-2007, 06:33 PM
I try to avoid "dry clean" or must "iron" clothes, but I have on many occasions put them in the wash. I use the delicate cycle and use the lowest water setting possible. I have had pretty good luck. But if you can use those Dryell (i think) dry cleaning kits they work great from what I am told.

Lovely
11-19-2007, 11:27 PM
I live at an apartment complex with a shared laundry room. I don't have the time nor the quarters to care too much about my clothes.

I only separate "delicates/undies" and "other". Everything goes into a washer & dryer except for bras (which I simply pull out before everything goes into a dryer).... the underwire warps. I haven't had any problems so far.

I have an iron & ironing board in case of emergency wrinkles, but I haven't used it in months. I agree that hanging usually takes care of that.

princess_peach
11-21-2007, 10:13 AM
I throw everything in the washer/dryer. I don't read labels. If it needs to be clean, it's going in :lol:

I guess I'm an oddball: I like to iron, I find it soothing.

srmb60
11-21-2007, 10:23 AM
I had to wash all my scrubs yesterday. With wanton abandon ... I tossed in several pairs of 'hand wash only and hang to dry' under gotchers. They're fine.

Maybe that's what Victoria's Secret really is ... ya don't really have to handwash this frippery.

Lafayette
11-21-2007, 10:43 AM
Sounds like there is a tie for the three most dreaded words in the English language: "Hand Wash Only" and "Dry Clean Only!"

If I took a job where I didn't have to wear suits, it would be equal to a $200-300/month raise. My dry cleaner sends me a birthday card! For overcoats and other items that collect dust and pet hair, I use Dry Cleaners Secret. You don't need a bag like you do with Dryel so the fuzz goes to your dryer filter instead of clinging to your clothes.

I dry almost everything, even underwire bras. I'm a bad angel!

ennay
11-21-2007, 03:16 PM
Anything that says handwash or other gets washed in cold dried until ALMOST dry and then hung. Except for bras and workout wear..I treat those with respect!

I dont buy dry clean only If I am given used DCO stuff unless it is tailored I wash it in the delicate cycle and hang dry...if it dies...it was not meant to be with me.

I went 5 years without even OWNING an iron (dh had borrowed it to wax skis) I think I have ironed once in the last 4 years?

rabidstoat
11-22-2007, 05:16 AM
I unfortunately have a few dry-clean only blouses for work, and they're the sort that I don't think would do well in the washer or dryer. I think they might hand-wash okay, but I'm lazy and would rather just dry-clean. Luckily I don't have to dress up for work much, since we're in a satellite office and never see customers, so it's maybe once a month worse case.

Normally I live in jeans and knit tops. And now you can hear the height of my laziness! I tend to wash the tops last, and then just keep them in the dryer instead of putting them away. Then in the morning, my routine is: shower, turn on the dryer on low heat, brush teeth and stuff, grab something out of the dryer. Knit tops will tumble-dry unwrinkled, and jeans never wrinkle. :)

Two years ago when I moved, I went through some of my closets to look for unused or seldom used stuff to donate to charity, instead of moving to a new closet. I had an ironing board, more than five years old, that was still in the plastic wrapping it came in. Never opened! And an iron that had never been removed from its box and plugged in for over five years. I donated those items, unused, to charity. :)

almostheaven
11-22-2007, 11:37 AM
I used to not buy anything that was dry clean, line dry, dry flat, or hand wash. Avoided em like the plague. Now, I have bought some VS undergarmets that are hand wash, and yet...I toss them in on gentle and just lay them flat to dry. I don't mind the lay flat stuff now. Still won't line dry, will just lay flat anything that can't take a dryer. And I have just a couple dry clean only items now, but I have a Dryell kit to use. I'm not paying someone to clean em for me.

I'm not so sure it's just taking risks or being a rebel so much as...I just don't like doing laundry. LOL

ennay
11-22-2007, 05:00 PM
I used to not buy anything that was dry clean, line dry, dry flat, or hand wash. Avoided em like the plague. Now, I have bought some VS undergarmets that are hand wash, and yet...I toss them in on gentle and just lay them flat to dry. I don't mind the lay flat stuff now. Still won't line dry, will just lay flat anything that can't take a dryer. And I have just a couple dry clean only items now, but I have a Dryell kit to use. I'm not paying someone to clean em for me.

I'm not so sure it's just taking risks or being a rebel so much as...I just don't like doing laundry. LOL

I am the opposite...I dont mind hang dry, but I have no room for flat dry. I have several flat dry sweaters...those are the ones I usually dry in the dryer until damp, then either hang or drape somewhere.

almostheaven
11-22-2007, 08:06 PM
I lay mine on top of the washer and dryer to dry. I only have a few like that, and a couple that I have to twist and let dry.

jtammy
11-22-2007, 09:18 PM
Yeah, I don't buy dry clean only stuff either. I *do* actually handwash if it says to, guess I'm not much of a rebel. :) I don't mind the line drying. It's the sweaters that have to lay flat to dry that are a pain in the rear. My cats love to lay on damp sweaters. And if they do, then I have to wash them all over again to get the cat hair off! So I have to find some place to put them where the cats can't go. Somehow that's more difficult than it sounds. With the house empty all day, the cats go all over the place....

tamaralynn
11-22-2007, 11:06 PM
Ironing? what's that??

I usually just toss something into the dryer for a few minutes before I put it on and it's perfectly fine ha.

almostheaven
11-23-2007, 10:17 PM
Ironing? what's that??
That's when you put it on a hanger, mist it with a spray bottle of water and let it air dry a bit. :D