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"Dry Clean Only" Not Always True

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In consumer news, are you wasting money on dry cleaning when you can actually just throw your clothes in the washing machine?

Experts say yes!

They say  many "dry clean only" labels are accurate. So how do you tell the difference?

We have some guidelines from a fashionista put her clothes to test.

Polyester is most likely okay to wash. Experts say it washes well and probably only has a tag because of any special features like ruching.

Cashmere is okay to wash, as long as it is on a gentle cycle. Experts say
the manufacturer has probably put the dry-clean-only label on there because it doesn't trust you to following washing instructions correctly.

Anything with wool is best left to the dry cleaners.

Silk is tricky. It can be washed on a gentle cycle, but expect minimal shrinkage. It can also shrink at the cleaners, beware! Also, watch out for "crease cracking," tiny creases covering the fabric that won't iron out.

Lastly, anything with embellishments, like sequins, should either be dry cleaned or hand-washed. Do not use a washing machince.

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