When it comes to dry-clean only garments like silk, wool and cashmere, you don’t have to waste money -- or use chemicals -- to keep them clean. They can be washed at home by hand in cold water with gentle detergents like baby shampoo or delicate laundry detergent. Once you soak these garments, never ring them out to remove excess water. Instead, toss a piece into a salad spinner and spin away; it’ll force excess water out of the fibers without ruining the shape. Then lay the item flat on a towel, fold the towel over, roll it up and press. Lay the garment flat or hang it to dry and voila! -- a clean “dry clean only” piece done at home.
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