This week I achieved the impossible - I got rid of that big bag of dry cleaning that's been sitting in the corner of my room for far too long. All without going to the dry cleaners!
The ladies at The Laundress, Gwen and Lindsey, have created a productto completely replace your dry cleaning costs. They ask: why dry clean when you can provide better care for your delicates at home, minus the toxins and extra cost?
What can it be used for?
The Laundress Delicate Wash can be used for lingerie and other items labeled “dry clean” to silk blouses and scarves. This special formula removes perspiration, body oils, and stains while cleaning and preserving fabrics. Ideal for silk, synthetics, spandex, polyester, nylon, rayon, acetate, blends, and more.
I've successfully tested it on a silk scarf, a silk dress, a suit and a couple of other delicate items like a thin cotton jumpsuit.
What's in it?
Made with nontoxic, biodegradable, allergen-free materials and natural ingredients. This product is free of petroleum, SLS, phosphate, phthalates, and dye. It is also cruelty-free and contains no animal by-products so it's safe for our Vegan friends.
And the scent?
It smells amazing! Blending herbal and citrus notes of rich amber, bergamot, lavender and musk - the awakening Lady scent is seriously lovely.
Wow and the cost benefit is phenomenal!
One bottle is $27.95 at Natural Supply Co. As below, if you hand wash your items, you can get 32 washes out of each bottle. I'm no maths whizz but that's definitely cheaper than any dry cleaning bill. In fact, one whole bottle is pretty much cheaper than any single dry cleaning bill.
How to use it
We recommend washing silk in cool or warm water. If machine washing, use a delicate washing cycle and insert item in a Mesh Bag (optional). If handwashing, do not soak silk longer than 30 minutes. Lay flat or hang to dry. Never put silk in the dryer. Steam as needed.
Launder as follows:
Handwashing is always the best and safest method for treating delicates. • Prepare a “bath”: Fill a wash basin or sink with tepid water and add 2 capfuls or a squirt of Delicate Wash. • Submerge item: Gently agitate so your items will be evenly soaped and wet. • Soak for up to 30 minutes—do not soak silk for longer. • If there’s color in the water: This is normal, the dye is simply releasing color. You will not notice any loss of color post wash. • Rinse well: Run tepid water through items until rinse water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, press the water out of your item.
Set machine to the delicate cycle. Make sure the water is cold. • Place item, inside out, into a Mesh Washing Bag. Add the appropriate amount of Delicate Wash according to the label. • Remove promptly from the washer to reduce creasing. Do not put in the dryer!
Hang to dry or lay item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack. • Most delicate items require steaming. Do not iron! • Freshen with Delicate Spray between wearing and washing.