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No Dry Cleaning Needed: 6 Fabrics We Love

Dry cleaning can be expensive, but so can the clothing items you want to care for properly.

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Silk. Suede. Leather. Velvet. While we love these lush fabrics, we don’t always have time to run to the dry cleaners. Luckily, there are several textiles that can be cared for at home, no dry cleaning needed. Below we outline six everyday fabrics that are as eye-catching as they are easy to care for.

Women in a black blazer


Why we love it
Ponte is form-fitting in all the right ways, providing just enough stretch for a sleek silhouette, yet with enough weight that it can be well-tailored. This is why it’s a favorite for workwear wardrobes, from dresses and skirts to trousers and blazers.

How to wash it
Machine-wash in cold water. Depending on the garment's thickness, either air-dry (light), lay flat(medium), or tumble dry low (heavy).


Why we love it
Tencel boasts the benefits of cotton (think durability and breathability) and then some—it doesn't shrink and wrinkle as much in the care process. The luxe-feeling fabric also lends itself well to workwear must-haves, including button-downs, trousers, and dresses.

How to wash it
Machine-wash your Tencel threads in cold water on the gentle cycle. Tumble-dry low, and if absolutely needed, iron on low.

Women's flowy blue skirt
Three womens polyester shirts

Polyester Blend

Why we love it
Affordable, versatile, easy to shop for, machine-washable, wrinkle-resistant… the list goes on.

How to wash it
Machine-wash on the normal cycle in warm water, turning any delicate pieces inside-out. Tumble-dry on low.


Why we love it
You might be surprised to see this here, but cashmere is at once luxe and low-maintenance. Though not machine-washable, it’s a must-have layer for any time of year, and you can get quite a few wears before you need to wash it.

How to wash it
Even if the tag says dry-clean only, you can hand-wash cashmere. Soak inside-out garments for 30 minutes in lukewarm water with Woolite. Rinse and pat-dry with a towel. Lay the garment on the towel and gently roll it up to absorb any excess water, then place it flat on a fresh towel to air-dry.

women's brown trench coat with sweater
Folded wool sweaters


Why we love it
Wool often gets a bad rap for being a heavy, scratchy textile that’s hard to care for. But there are many types, from breathable, lightweight cuts that are perfect for summer suiting to thick, insulating knits ideal for sweaters and outerwear.

How to wash it
Like cashmere, wool can be worn several times before needing to be washed. Hand-wash wool items by turning them inside-out and submerging in cool water with wool detergent. If the label allows for machine-washing, take that route—so long as you're using a wool-safe soap. Once the piece is clean, be sure to air-dry it flat or on a drying rack. Avoid the dryer at all costs.

Premium Denim

Why we love it
Denim is perhaps the ultimate go-to, especially when it’s premium quality. At once comfortable and classic, it's a surefire wardrobe solution when you want something relaxed yet refined. Best of all, there is no need to send denim to the dry cleaners.

How to wash it
When you do wash your jeans (every three to five wears), turn them inside-out, machine-wash in cold water on the gentle cycle, and use a mild detergent. Air-dry flat and your denim is ready for another stylish day.

Women in dark denim jeans

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