How to do dry cleaning at home

Updated February 21, 2017

Many special fabrics require dry cleaning. In fact, dry cleaning your clothes will agitate them less and, therefore, they will last longer. Dry cleaning can be expensive, but clothing care companies have developed home dry cleaning packages that enable you to dry clean fabric in your own home drying machine.

Use a clean cloth to blot home dry cleaning solution on the stains or dirty areas. Gently agitate the fibres of the clothing but do not spread the stain by rubbing it too much.

Put the clothing in the dryer and set it according to the manufacturer's instructions.

When the cycle is complete, remove the clothing from the dryer.

Put the fabric in the home dry cleaning bag.

Put a home dry cleaning cloth in the bag and seal the bag shut.

Put the bag in the dryer.

Set the dryer according to the manufacturer's instructions. Most will require a cycle of 20 to 40 minutes and will use medium heat.

Remove the bag at the end of the cycle and take the clothes out. The clothes may be slightly damp. Hang them up if they are and allow them to dry completely.


Do not overfill the bag. The fabric should be able to tumble freely in the bag. Hang clothes after they have been dried to prevent wrinkles from developing.

Things You'll Need

  • Dryer
  • Cloth
  • Dry cleaning solution
  • Home dry cleaning kit
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Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.