Staying fashionable and presentable is not cheap. We spend a lot on our clothes and therefore it goes without saying that we have to spend money to keep them looking good. But, that doesn’t mean that we can’t find some shortcuts. There are a number of ways to take care of your clothes without going to a dry cleaner.
If you have a decent washer and you use good detergent, you can wash your shirts and dress pants on a very delicate cycle. I recommend casual or delicate. Some washers have a cycle called hand wash which is also very good.
Invest in a drying rack. Normally, these fold up to take up almost no space and if used properly will cause the least wear and tear on your shirts and pants. Another option is to hang your shirts and pants on hangers. For some types of fabrics, particularly super heavy ones, you might want to toss the shirts and pants in the dryer for a few minutes. Use a light cycle and just remove some of the moisture. Most likely, you will need to touch up the air dried garments with an iron. This little touch up will go a long way.
An alternative to touching up with the iron is to them steam using your shower. Put a few garments on a hanger and hang near the shower, but of course don’t let the water hit them. Close the door, turn off the fans and run the shower as hot as you possibly can. In about 10 minutes, turn off the water. Give the garments another 10 to 20 minutes to settle. This will remove a lot of the wrinkles.
Of course, there are some garments that are going to need a dry cleaner. If you have super expensive pieces, don’t try to do this yourself. It’s not worth the risk. In addition, most suits and sport coats should probably be taken to the dry cleaner. You don’t want to risk discoloration.