Do you need to obey Dry Clean Only labels?

I seldom do – it’s the endless rinsing that drives me mad, not to mention the expense of dry cleaning.

Most washing machines nowadays have a delicates programme. I like Woolite and use the shortest wash time and slowest spin (600-700rpm is good).

I wouldn’t risk tailored jackets or coats, though.  And I’ve got into trouble a couple of times with colours running, so be aware of the possible risk.

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