(Closed) "Lay flat to dry"

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Post # 16
Bee
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - The Florian Gardens

Ohhh I love that over the tub one! I seriously need to invest in one of those.

Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m terrible for buying clothes without looking at the care tags, doing laundry is now the bane of my existence. Hang to dry, handwash, lay flat, dry clean.. blah blah, doing laundry really blows.

For my lay flat items, I really only wash them if they’re dirty.. so maybe once every few wears as opposed to every wear. I have a laundry rack like someone previously posted, I lay the item on top, and then lay another one on top. Takes longer to dry, but I’ll walk by and flip them around every so often.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

 

I hang whatever can’t go into the dryer, unless it’s something that I feel would dry a funny shape if I hang it. Then I just lay it flat on top of the washer and dryer.

Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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okqueenbee:  isn’t that what drying racks are for?! 😉 I usually put them on low to dry and they come out just fine.

Post # 21
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Busy bee

Have any of you ever washed a clothing item that says “Dry clean only”? I bought a skirt about a year ago, I wore it enough that it should be cleaned now. But I haven’t gotten it cleaned. And I haven’t worn it again because it needs to be cleaned….

Will all the colours run together? (It’s pink and white) or will it ruin the material? What happens if you wash clothes that are dry clean only?

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I have a shower curtain rod reaching across my laundry room so I just hang “lay flat” stuff on hangers in there. I don’t wear them much, though, because I hate how “crispy” air-dryed clothes feel. I also have some underwear that say to hang to dry but they are holding up just fine being low-heat dried 8 years later (damn! never calculated that out before, but I know I had them in high school)

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I now live in a place without a dryer, and it’s horrible! I absolutely loathe hanging my clothes to dry, and it’s so stupid that this is a norm in the wet country of England! When I had a dryer I put nearly everything in there, regardless of the directions. I don’t put in my bras and just one or two tops I own, but everything else goes. Not been a problem for me!

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have fold down drying racks from Ikea. We hang all of that stuff on those. Dry Clean Only is the only wording I avoid on clothing.

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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MrsGatito:  The material probably won’t come out the same. But if it’s not really “dirty” you can get those at home dry cleaning kits (Dryel I think) and do that which should be good enough.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I just lay that stuff flat on my couch.  No issues.

I too hate dry clean only the most. ever. 

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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okqueenbee:  HAHA. Cant say I blame them. I would be all over it if given the oppertunity if I were a cat that is. 

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I hang dry pretty much all of my clothes, except what I wear to sleep in, socks, etc.  For the items that say “lay flat” I usually just lay them on the bed if I have enough time before I plan to go to sleep.  I try to flip it over/move it a little bit at least once, so the same spot doesn’t stay wet.  Or, I just put it on a hanger like the rest of my hang dry stuff.  

I also have a drying rack (I think technically called a clothes horse?) that I use sometimes, but I hate having to take the clothes off and hang them up if they go in the closet (I know, lazy!).  I usually just hang everything on hangers on the back of my bedroom door and doorknob.  There is usually multiple “layers” of clothes by the time everything is hung up, but I just take a couple “outer layer” items down and put them into the closet when they dry so everything has more circulation time.  The back of the door also means the drying rack isn’t in the way and I don’t have to see all my clothes.  We have a tiny apartment, so it works out!

I wear dry clean items (actually, let’s be honest, all of my items) several times before getting them cleaned, unless of course they get particularly dirty for some reason. 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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MrsGatito: i just realized that one of my jackets (which was a hand me down) is dry clean only and i’ve been washing it in the washing machine and so far it’s been fine. i’m assuming the person who had it before me machine washed it also. 

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

The challenge, I find, is in the winter when I am wearing sweaters on a regular basis. I think the majority of my sweaters are “lay flat to dry.” Sometimes if I need them dryer faster, I will just throw them in the dryer on low. So far, none of them have shrunk. I do have a foldable drying rack, which I use. But one trick I learned, was to lay clothes on a bath sheet. It absorbs the water, and doesn’t leave a mess. 

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