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Here's a helpful article:
Basically, you're probably fine for most stuff, but don't do it for stuff that's really stained, really matters to you, is made of leather, or is highly constructed (like a suit coat). They point out you should use cold water, a hand-wash cycle and a gentle cleaner.
Personally, I don't have much that is dry clean only. So fortunately I don't run into the issue much.
maven3 (rep: 5.2k) posted Apr 26, 2012
Thanks, maven3! I wear suiting ensembles for work and thankfully they've been okay. I think I will switch to the hand wash cycle, I don't want to press my luck (they are The Limited and Body by Victoria brands so not the most high-end but pretty high-end to me, lol).
I also just read that Woolite is pretty gentle on clothes, but as it is more pricey I'll wait for a sale + coupon :)
dealwagger (rep: 10.3k) posted Apr 26, 2012
For the Victoria Secret stuff, just put it in the wash like you regularly do but take it out and lay it out to dry instead of using the dryer. The dryer eats up the bras and spits out these deformed...things. Haha
arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Apr 27, 2012
@arsiel Does it ever! That's what I do, air dry, otherwise nice bras and garters and those lacy thongs that should last forever are ruined in one or two washes. When I have time, I hand wash. I hate those deformed things! It makes me shudder to see that LOL
dealwagger (rep: 10.3k) posted Apr 27, 2012
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