Break Up with Your Dry Cleaners – Even Though They Are Nicer Than Your In Laws

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?

Disclosure: This company gave me a sample for review. Regardless, my opinions are honest. See my full disclosure here.

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