Dry Clean Only

A couple of weeks ago I was at the Goodwill store, and I saw a really nice aloha shirt. It was so soft. When I looked at the label, I saw that it was a ‘Tommy Bahama’ brand shirt, and it was 100% silk. Nice!

It was cheap, so I was excited to buy it, but then I wondered how I would clean it. The label said ‘dry clean only’. But can you wash silk in the washing machine? I took out my phone and went on the internet for advice.

I saw a lot of people saying ‘dry clean only’ meant you must only dry clean, but then I saw this entry:

Sorry about the swear.

Sorry about the swear.

I liked the sound of that idea, so I got the shirt. I wore it the next Sunday, but didn’t get to washing it until just the other day. The result?

It was fine! I washed it and dried it like a regular shirt, and it came out just fine! Yay! I may never trust clothing care labels again…

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3 Responses to Dry Clean Only

  1. Lauren says:

    Ha! That person’s quote is from Mitch Hedberg! That bit is not in this clip, but he’s still funny: https://youtu.be/uPu8453j1m8?t=16

    Good for you for washing your shirt with a paranoid label. I don’t know why we even have to have fabric that needs special care. Cotton all the way, man. Or silk – I hear that it can survive. 🙂

  2. Elaine Royuk says:

    Really like the looks of that shirt! Great buy!

  3. Carol says:

    Only own one silk blouse (a gift to me years ago, as I have a strong aversion to “dry clean only” labels myself), but I wash it on gentle with other tops and, so long as I dry it on low, it comes out wrinkle-free and ready to wear again. Those silk worms knew how to make durable fibers, I wanna tell ya’.

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