(Closed) Can I machine wash my “Dry Clean” bedding set?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

What is the fibre content?

Usually unless it says “Dry Clean Only”, you can safely wash things.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MaggieGirl: I wash all kinds of stuff that says Dry Clean only, including my wedding gown just recently 🙂   Just try to use a triple loader at a laundry mat so the material and stuffing is free to move around. You have a better chance of the stuffing not bunching if you dont cram everything into a regular size washer.
The only thing you can NOT wash is silk or wool.
 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Does the linen say what it’s made of?  I find you can wash most stuff if you use gentle detergent, cool water (I add a wee bit of hot water) and a gentle / delicate cycle.

I figure that people still washed thier stuff before dry cleaning was invented 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I never dry clean anything (including silk, cashmere etc.) and don’t have any problems. It seems counter-intuitive to me that you would wash something to get it clean, but by dry cleaning it you expose yourself to tons of not very good chemicals, thus I machine wash everything.

It makes no sense that it would suggest dry cleaning something that’s made out of polyester and cotton! Does it have any intricate detailing or beading on it?If so, make sure you turn it inside out.

I would wash on cold on a gentler cycle and hang to dry. Then you can always throw it in the dryer for five minutes-ish after it’s dry to take away any “crunchiness.”

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Polyester and cotton can be safely washed in a machine.  The only thing I don’t wash in a machine is wool because it always stretches out.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MaggieGirl: I have a shirt that says dry clean. I wash it all the time, I just don’t put it in the dryer. I guess it depends on the material.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have washed practically everything in the washer. You name it, I’ve done it. Lol! I am just a bit careful of some things than others. I always use cold-water anyway so that’s one thing you can consider for delicate stuff. Plus use a delicate cycle and delicate detergent. Don’t put too much stuff in it together. I suspect the comforter will be TOO BIG for the home machine. Just do it in the laundromat. So on and so forth… It will be fine!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I never dry clean anything.  I use the gentle/handwash cycle with cold water and hang the items to dry.  They always come out great!!

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