August 13, 2017

5 WAYS TO BE ZERO WASTE AT THE DRY CLEANER




I wrote a few blog posts ago about an at-home dry cleaning method that I use (here) for two reasons:

  1.  Save money from expensive dry cleaning fees, and 
  2.  Avoid the use of harmful dry cleaning chemicals on my clothes.

However, I do take an occasional trip to my local dry cleaner to launder and press my husband's dress shirts.  He prefers his shirts extra crisp.

Here are 5 easy ways you can make your dry cleaning trip a zero waste success:


1.  REUSABLE GARMENT BAG VS. ONE-TIME USE PLASTIC CLOTHING PROTECTOR

Ditch the flimsy plastic bag that dry cleaners give you and bring your own reusable garment bag.  Not only is the plastic bag a suffocation hazard for small children, it is a hazard to your clothes.  The antioxidant BHT (butylated hydroxyl tolune) used in the manufacturing of the plastic bag causes yellowing, staining and weakening of the fibers.

I bring my own reusable garment bag that was given to me when I purchased my wedding gown.  I labeled my name on the outside of the bag on the outside, so it's easily identifiable.  All I do is hand over the bag along with my dirty clothes and ask for the dry cleaner to use my bag instead.  Simple as that.

When choosing a new garment bag, opt for one that is made of a breathable cotton fabric.




2.  WET LAUNDERING VS. DRY CLEANING

Dry cleaning is expensive!  Wet laundering is a far cheaper option for a similar result.  Not to mention, you'll be able to skip the toxic dry cleaning chemicals used to clean your clothes which are known to cause skin irritations.

Have extra time and want to wash your own clothes?  The Laundress makes a luxury line of laundry detergents.  Their website offers a resourceful guide on how to remove specific stains.  Ever wonder how to remove mud & grass off uniforms, or glue off a silk blouse?  Visit https://www.thelaundress.com/How-To/.





3.  RECYCLE WIRE HANGERS

Your dry cleaner will love you for bringing back wire hangers from your last dry cleaning pickup.  They can reuse the hangers for other customers, which means it saves them money.  

One way I like to keep my wire hangers for the next drop-off is to throw them in with my hamper along with the clothes that need dry cleaning.  This is the hamper cart that I use, which I keep in our closet.  The three sections allow me to sort my dirty clothes by whites, darks, and dry cleaning/ wet laundering.  Each canvas bag is removable & washable, making it easy to grab-and-go on laundry days.



4.  REPAIR AND ALTERATIONS

Before tossing your beloved garment due to a missing button or busted seam, check with your local dry cleaner to see if they also make repairs and/or alterations.


5.  DECLINE YOUR PAPER RECEIPT

Less paper, less waste.  Turning down receipts wherever you go means there's no need to clean out your wallet later.



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