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Do home dry cleaning kits work?

June 18, 2012

You may have come across home dry cleaning kits in the detergent aisle
of supermarkets and wondered if they work. Do they really replace
professional dry cleaning?

The truth is that home dry cleaning kits are for freshening up clothes. They are not designed for cleaning. Home dry cleaning kits uses the heat in your dryer to generate steam inside special dryer bags. The steam activates the perfumed sheet placed inside the bag, masking unpleasant odors on your clothes. So if you are very sensitive to perfumes, these kits may not be for you as the perfume will cling to your clothes for a long time.

Home dry cleaning kits often also include a water based stain remover for pretreating stains. If you put it on the stain before placing them in the dryer, some water-based stains like cola and milk may come off.

However, the cleaning stops at this pretreatment step. Home drycleaning kits do not eliminate the build-up of sweat residue or the natural body oils that came from your skin. Oil-based stains such as makeup, butter, and shoe polish will not come off. And stubborn ink stains may even become permanently set in your clothing.

When using home dry cleaning kits, remember to remove the clothes from the dryer as soon as the cycle is over. This will keep your clothes from getting wrinkles. But for a really great look, home dry cleaning kits simply cannot beat getting your clothes cleaned and pressed by a professional dry cleaner like Sarni Cleaners.