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Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments

Posted by helen 
Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 01, 2016 08:20AM
I have bought a new top and in my haste didn't check to see whether I could wash it - a prerequisite for my purchases.
I am annoyed to find it is dry clean only.
My issue is that if I was to wear it out for the evening then the under arms would be a bit squiffy and need a clean.
I don't want to have to dry clean after each wear.
I have read online that dabbing vodka on fabric removes odour.
Does anyone else have any tried and true suggestions.
The fabric is silk and has a pattern.
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 01, 2016 09:48AM
Try putting it in the freezer? I know that is a recommendation for jeans (sorry, but I'll continue to wash my jeans in water with soap!).
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 01, 2016 10:00AM
Jenna I don't think freezing jeans makes any difference at all. I froze mine a few times but it didn't deodorise them.
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 01, 2016 10:22AM
Another online tip is to put the garment in kitty litter - this absorbs odours.

I do think my top may need to be returned in the morning tho as being a patterned silk I don't think I can care for it properly and avoid dry cleaning it. Aargh, so annoying.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/01/2016 11:14AM by helen.
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 01, 2016 11:30AM
Helen, a lot of garment labels recommend 'Drycleaning Only' simply because it is a protection for the manufacturer against consumers who don't understand the basics of fabric care and may throw the garment in a hot machine wash and then in a hot tumble dryer and then complain that it has shrunk or the fabric has deteriorated. Such labelling doesn't mean that the garment can't be washed.

I have owned a lot of 'Dryclean Only' items, including silk, for years,having treated them with care and respect ie. handwashing in cold/cool water with a mild detergent, drip drying and ironing where necessary with a cool iron.

While it's a little time-consuming it is well worth it for special pieces

Regards,

Barbara Anne
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 01, 2016 11:35AM
helen Wrote:
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> Jenna I don't think freezing jeans makes any
> difference at all. I froze mine a few times but
> it didn't deodorise them.

Interesting - I've never tried it as I couldn't get over the thought of that dirty feel to the denim. I wonder what it is supposed to achieve.
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 01, 2016 11:42AM
Could you try a little handwash liquid soap on a hidden seam or hem to see how that would affect the fabric?

As with Barbara Anne, I often wash 'Dryclean only' items by hand. Most irons have a silk setting and I always use a clean lint free cloth between the garment and the iron as a precaution.
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 01, 2016 12:05PM
This top is lovely but it is the
DRY CLEAN ONLY
COLOURS MAY RUN
that has me worried.
It has a cotton lining so I guess I could try the vodka deodoriser and then only dry clean when I really need to.
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 01, 2016 12:16PM
I think that's what the freezer does - deodorizes.
Regards,
Dawn.
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 01, 2016 10:13PM
Helen, if the colours have the potential to run when the garment is wet, then it isn't fit for purpose - what if you got caught in a shower of rain?

Yes putting jeans in the freezer is supposed to kill the bacteria that make them 'unfresh' although they aren't really dirty in the sense of needing to be washed. Apparently in fashion circles jeans should always look 'as new' and not assume a 'down on the farm' worn look (and of course never iron a crease in them)..

Anyway, call me a conspiracy theorist but I believe that the freezer idea came about after manufacturers started putting a percentage of elastine in the fabric, allegedly for better fit and comfort, but actually to 'expand' their market by enabling people to wear jeans who otherwise might not/should not, if you get my drift.

However, I find that after a few washes and line drying, the elastine loses its mojo and the jeans go baggy and lose their nice shape and fit. The same goes for cotton tops which invariably also have 3 - 5% elastine and also cotton undies with similar amounts of elastine. I have several pairs of expensive, branded jeans which are now useless except for gardening in, whereas jeans without elastine which I have had for years are still going strong.

So I believe the freezer idea was perpetrated by manufacturers to minimise washing in order to avoid the baggy look and reduce customer dissatisfaction.

Regards,

Barbara Anne



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/02/2016 01:11AM by Barbara Anne.
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 01, 2016 10:45PM
I'm with you Barbara Anne, I wash everything. I totally agree that the dry clean only label is to prevent customer complaints. Yes there are a few things that don't like water but they are frw and far between. What most labels should say is "Hand wash"
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 02, 2016 01:29AM
I freeze my dark jeans as the colour fades after repeated washing. I don't bother freezing the distressed denim.
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 02, 2016 01:53AM
My thought about freezing the garment to deodorise (which I've never done) was mentioned because freezing an empty tainted plastic container removes the odour, so possibly could do the same for cloth.
Regards,
Dawn.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/02/2016 01:54AM by Dawn.
Re: Cleaning underarm of dry clean only garments
June 03, 2016 12:13PM
I suspect the theory is that freezing kills the bacteria that causes smells, but I think the bacteria is already dead and that why it smells, so freezing won't make any difference. I've never actually heard about putting things in the freezer for to deodorise them and the thought of my dirty laundry going in with tomorrow night's dinner isn't at all appealing!
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