1. Check The Label
Most manufacturers are required to list just one way to care for a garment. If the tag says DRY-CLEAN ONLY, obey it. If it says DRY-CLEAN, that means that is the recommended method, not the only method.
2. Consider The Fabric
Bring silk, acetate, velvet, and wool items to the dry cleaner. Cotton, linen, cashmere, polyester, acrylic, and nylon can usually be washed at home. Check for colorfastness first
by rubbing a cotton swab over each type of accent to see if any dye comes off.
Want To Wash It At Home? Here’s How:
1. Run it on delicate cycle. Machine-wash the garment if you’re certain that’s OK (always check first before washing). Turn the item inside out, and run a short, delicate cycle.
2. Hand wash. Use cold water to prevent shrinking and bleeding, and a mild detergent.
3. Never dry. Too much heat harms the accents and the fibers. Let a garment air-dry on top of a working dryer. The moderate heat given off by the machine will speed up the process.