(Closed) My dress is in the washing machine right now

posted 10 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What do you think about washing your gown in the machine?

    Why not?

    Oh hell no!

  • Post # 47
    1415 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Thanks for writing this!  My dress says on the tag that it should be washed in the bathtub, so I have been wanting to throw it in the washing machine.  I am going to do it this weekend!!!

    Post # 48
    5166 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It really depends on the dress, some dresses would be fine in the washer but I dont want to put mine in there. Mine is a mixture of taffeta and organza and has lots of layers.

    Post # 49
    10972 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    OMG this is terrifying but thanks for sharing! Maybe 2 years after my wedding I’ll get the guts too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 51
    3389 posts
    Sugar bee

    @SoupyCat:   I would just go to a commercial laudromat where they have front loaders.

    If anyone decides to do this, wash the machine without your DRESS in it first! Then wash your dress in the “second” load. The first load may have bleach residue or dye from a red sweater that was washed before… Then your dress will be ruined for sure!

    Post # 53
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Wow, I can’t believe it turned out well! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 54
    146 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2007

    Wow…glad it worked out for you.  My first reaction was ” Surprised oh noooo….”

    I wouldn’t have had the guts to do it on my dress.


    Post # 55
    2294 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Whew! Glad your dress came out so great! Mine was silk, but with minimal beading and I would be scared stupid to put it in the washer!

    Post # 56
    467 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2004

    I bought a preowned designer dress that had all sorts of stains all over it including grass stains and fake tan. It was so big i couldnt find a washing machine big enough (didt think to go to a laundromat thinggy). so i hand washed it in the bath. It turned out better than what i thought!! no stains left and it looked brand new! I wore it and it is now just as dirty as when i got it. Im going to wash it in the tub again and sell it. it is scarey at first, but when you think about it, you do put all your other clothes throught the wash, and hand washing can be gentle. if u have a polyester dress go for it for sure!!!

    Post # 57
    1955 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @SoupyCat:  I did this with my polyester wedding dress also! I pretreated the stained areas, turned the dress inside out and put in the washer (front loader) on delicate. It came out just fine. ๐Ÿ™‚  And way cheaper than any professional cleaning options I looked into.

    Post # 58
    12 posts

    I know this is not a new thread but just wanted to comment about my success with this as well!

     I just purchased a pre-owned wedding dress. It sat in the closet for over a year without being cleaned after the previous owner wore it for her wedding. The previous owner is awesome, and totally communicated this to me before I purchased it from her. So I knew what I was getting myself into.


    I got my dress today. Yes, today. I LOVE IT, it fits perfectly and is hemmed perfectly to my height with heels. I will literally not have to get a single thing done to it. However, the bust and train were very dirty (bronzer, dirt, and pop).




    I bought the dress knowing that it would be arriving with these marks, so I had spent some time on here researching. I gathered enough courage to soak just a tiny back/side corner of the train in a bowl of cold water and detergent (non – bleach!). Because of the region I chose, it was one of the dirter regions and did include some pop stains. After about 10 minutes I took a cleaning toothbrush and rubbed in small, circular motions. It took a little bit of time but almost all of the dirt marks were completely gone! Pop came RIGHT OUT. That was the most exciting part, as anyone who has looked into dry cleaning their dress knows that drycleaning will not remove sugar based stains (I think I have that information correct). I mean, come on, I ended up wearing an entire pop at the wedding I attended last weekend….a wedding dress will have pop on it somewhere….why pay $125 to just remove a small portion of the problem? And I still havent found a clear answer on if drycleaning removes makeup. So at that point I felt I had really nothing to loose.


    Now, remember that this post is after the fact. During this entire period of time I was trembling. This dress was my last option having already purchased another dress before this one that I “fell out of love with.” If I messed this up, I was literally going to have to deal with it.




    I ended up working up the courage to submerge the entire bust portion of the dress in the water (clean water, changed it after the small train portion). And let it sit 10-15 minutes. Now, let me remind you, this part was very dirty on the inside from makeup. That ALL came out.




    This was BEFORE I decided to thow it in my TOP LOAD washing machine. On the handwash cycle, mind you. I filled in the machine, flipped the dress inside out, let the dress soak for 10-15 minutes (used arm and hammer detergent, non -bleach, its what we use for our regular clothes, smells amazing). And tried not to barf as I literally stood there for 25 minutes while I washed my own wedding dress, in my own basement.




    She is hung up as I type this, drying with a fan blowing on her. Looks brand new, bright white, bust is clear of any past marks. Literally, not a smudge remains. The train has small portions that are just barely visible from where the dirt used to be, but there are so so very faint that I dont think I will even worry to try and get them completely out for the day of (pictures and ceremony is outdoors anyway). It is a bubble bottom dress so the marks are literally rolled under and can only be spotted with extremely close inspection if you pick up the train and flip it under to see it – meaning that its not in sight when the dress is on.




    My dress is a Davids Bridal v3204, made of polyester satin, large bow on the side and a very small line of beading right under the bust. Not a single bead was harmed or came loose:)


    Post # 59
    10972 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @reienchs:  This is amazing! Thanks for sharing! I’m still trying to work up the guts to do this, haha! ๐Ÿ™‚

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