(Closed) Cleaning Your Dress in the Washing Machine…Anyone Done It?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You could buy one of those big bags (like the lingerie bags) and wash it in the machine on very low tumble/delicate.

I haven’t DIY cleaned mine, but it sounds like a good option to me. I’m not paying $100 to have mine cleaned if it’s not filthy. Ridiculous.I would probably hang it up to dry outside though. ok not hang, but lay flat on something that allows air through. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

If your only concern is the sequins, turn it inside out.  ejs4y8’s idea of the lingerie bag is a good one too.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

a couple of years ago, i did some volunteer work for an organization that collects gently used prom gowns for girls who can’t afford them… they machine wash ALL of the dresses they get donated to them.  I was shocked at first, but it works!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Wow!  I never heard of that– makes me kinda nervous.  But if your dress isn’t lacy or made of silk, I can see it working. 

Let us know if you try it, and how it turns out!  🙂 

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Wow, that makes me feel like throwing up a little bit.  Will anyone share how it worked if you did it?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

If you do try it, I’d try one of those lingerie bags, just to try to protect it a little.  I’m pretty sure my dress wouldn’t even fit into my washing machine!  Let us know how it goes if you try it.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I’m thinking it would probably be a good idea to go to a laundromat and use a front loading washer since they don’t have that big spindle thing in the middle.  Plus, they’re bigger… no way my wedding dress would fit in my little bitty washer.  And I’d also use the lingerie bag.  

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I think it would depend on the material too.  My dress is taffeta with beading on the bodice and I am in horror to think about putting it in the washing machine.  I actually gasped out loud when I read this thread!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have done it with my daughters flower girl dress I purchased at David’s Bridal for my brothers wedding last year.  I bought a white cotton mesh laundry bag from the dollar store knotted it closed and tossed it in on the gentle cycle.  Layed it flat to dry and steamed it afterwards and it was brand new for her to wear for her 1st communion. 

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Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@Jessie.  I know for certain mine wouldn’t either 😉  Then again, my dress is currently in 2 different (full) garment bags.  Suffice it to say that Fiance is *very* confused about how one dress can be in 2 bags!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hmmm….this is interesting. My dress is tea length and would probably fit perfectly in a front loading commercial washing machine. I would probably just take and old sheet and sew up the sides and leave the top open to put the dress in and then tie it up to wash it in rather than trying to find a large enough laundry bag. My dress is pretty simple, just a little lace and beading around the waist and then along the hem.

If anybody does this soon, let us know how it works out!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Most wedding dresses (even $2000 ones) are made of polyester, so they can handle the washing machine.

If your dress is made of real silk, then dry clean is a MUST.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I made mine, but still turned it inside out, threw it in a tied pillowcase and washed it. Then I threw it in the dryer… ha. Worked fine.

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