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The Dirt on Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning is expensive, and let's face it, pretty inconvenient. Two good reasons why we, The Budget Babe, never utilized this service on more than one occasion (took a white dress to be cleaned, and it came back with yellow spots! Another reason why we were turned off to dry cleaning forever.)

Also, roughly a decade ago or so, we started hearing about how bad dry cleaning was for the environment. If you don't know how dry cleaning works, well, it's not dry and there's nothing clean about the process. Just watch the following video on How Dry Cleaning Works:

Phew, we thought. We're not just cheap and lazy for avoiding the dry cleaners. We're actually doing something good for Mother Nature!

As if the toxic chemical bath wasn't enough to dissuade people from getting their clothes dry cleaned, get this: On a recent episode of The Oprah Show, heart surgeon and health expert Dr. Mehmet Oz advised viewers to not only dispose of their dry cleaning bags before entering their home—he also recommended airing out the clothes for at least a day before wearing them again to ensure any remaining toxic residue could dissipate. Gross!

Now that's one angle we hadn't fully considered, but to think that there are toxins left on your clothes after they're dry cleaned is, in our opinion, yet another reason why washing your clothes at home is not only the BUDGET thing to do, it's the BEST thing to do.

Still can't live without dry cleaning? Why not? Got great tips and techniques for at-home cleaning? Share them in the comments!!
Its definitely one of things people just do and don't think about- great advice budget babe! I personally am not a fan of such strong chemicals on my clothes. And not only do the chemicals hurt the environment, but so many of the people that work in the industry get very ill from them!
#1 Peaches (Homepage) on 2007-11-08 11:40 (Reply)
You're absolutely right. Find out more about the very real health dangers of old-school dry cleaning here:
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-11-08 14:06 (Reply)
I take myself to the Greener Cleaner: it costs a little more, but it doesn't involve nasty chemicals on the environment or you. the web site is a bit confusing, here's the link to the locations:
#2 Justine on 2007-11-08 12:01 (Reply)
GREAT TIP (and a great reminder)!! There are indeed more and more eco-friendly cleaners out there! Thanks Justine :-)
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-11-08 14:01 (Reply)
I agree! Thanks Justine! I will definitely check that out! :-)
#3 Peaches (Homepage) on 2007-11-09 11:23 (Reply)
what about clothes you can't wash, like blazers and coats?
#4 maggie z on 2007-11-09 15:05 (Reply)
The short answer is to take them to a green cleaner, as savvy reader Justine suggested. Look for an upcoming post on how to clean those "dry clean only" garments at home!
#4.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-11-10 10:29 (Reply)
be very very careful with dry cleaners... i had a gorgeous satin dress that got MELTED by dry cleaners! i got my money back, but it didn't really matter since the dress was completely ruined (and one of a kind irreplaceable). i don't trust dry cleaners so much anymore!
#5 emma on 2007-11-09 16:19 (Reply)
What a nightmare! Sorry to hear that, but thanks for sharing.
#5.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-11-10 10:28 (Reply)
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