When my husband found out his office was going business casual he was thrilled to not have to bring in suits for dry cleaning every week. And I was thrilled to not have him dragging that chemical residue into the house anymore.
Most dry cleaners use a toxic chemical called perchloroethylene, which is classified as carcinogenic to humans by the EPA.And “organic” dry cleaning may not be all that better.
Plus the cost can be astronomical: the average cost to dry clean an oxford shirt is around $5. Multiply that times five shirts for every workday, and you’re spending $25 a week at the cleaners. That adds up to $1,200 a year.
I sort of hate to tell people to abandon their dry cleaner because mine is one of the nicest ladies I know. She gets more excited to see my son than some of his own family members. So I do make sure to keep her in hemming and altering – which is easy enough when you tend to lose and gain weight and don’t want to buy a new wardrobe.
But often clothes just need refreshing and de-wrinkling, as opposed to a timely, pricey, and often toxic dry-cleaning. So it’s probably worth it to invest in a really good iron.
Rowenta recently launched the Eco-Intelligence Iron– the first energy-efficient iron in North America. This new addition to Rowenta’s garment care line operates at 100% efficiency and provides users with 25% energy savings. Most importantly, it works well and works fast. Because who has time to keep running to the dry cleaners anyway?
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