Are you tired of paying that hefty dry-cleaning bill? I know that I am! So, I decided to investigate some alternatives that would cut the cost of that $50 bill. I found a product called Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner that had great reviews on Amazon, so I decided to give it a shot. The starter kit contains booster spray (removes stains and odors), one reusable garment bag and four ultra-cleaning cloths. Each cloth can clean up to 5 garments so subsequently this kit can clean up to 20 garments. The product also claims to refresh and renew clothes in only 15 minutes or a for a deep clean 30 minutes. WOW! Is this too good to be true? Let’s put this product to the test!
I pulled a Lily Pulitzer dress from my closet that hasn’t been worn in 6 months. Yes, I know gross. I wore it to a wedding that had lots of dancing so needless to say it didn’t smell like roses even many months later. There were also some minor stains across the front. Now typically this is an article of clothing that I would take to be dry cleaned. One because it was an expensive item and two, I have no idea how to clean this at home. I followed the directions on the packaging which are as follows:
1. ZIP IT
Pre-treat stains and heavily soiled areas with Dryel Booster Spray. Add 1 to 5 garments and 1 ultracleaning cloth to the reusable fabric protection bag. So, I did just that! I sprayed the areas of my dress that had the stains and instead of adding other garments I threw the dress in the bag by itself with the cloth.
2. STEAM IT
Tumble in dryer on Medium Heat for 15 minutes to renew and refresh or for 30 minutes to deep clean. Considering I hadn’t worn this dress in months I figured it probably needed a deep clean.
I found this part to be very interesting. No washing machine needed. I have no idea why I thought this since it is called DRY-CLEANING. Dumb blonde moment on my part.
3. WEAR IT
Promptly hang garments to help wrinkles fall out. This part is no JOKE. You must remove it as soon as the dryer stops and hang your garment.
My dress came out smelling super fresh and the stains were gone. I didn’t remove it as promptly as I should so there were some extra wrinkles added. However, I hung my dress up and sure enough there were no wrinkles the next day when I checked the dress. I have to say I’m pretty impressed with this product. I will definitely try it on other articles I have too. There are TONS of dry clean only pieces you can this on:
• Dark jeans
There are also many fabrics such as cashmere, wool, cotton, linen and acetate that this product is safe to use on. DO NOT USE on leather, velvet, suede, fur, silk or rayon.
It’s also works on hard to clean items such as outerwear, curtains/drapes, small blankets, pillows and teddy bears.
Be sure to check out the Dryel At-Home Cleaner Refill Kit.