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Can We Really Dry Clean Our Clothes at Home? Here’s What Happened

(Last Updated On: September 10, 2019)

Dry cleaning our clothes is a necessity for many and can be both costly and time consuming. I’ve been reluctant to try dry cleaning kits at home. I finally tried the Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner Starter Kit. Here’s what happened when I tried to dry clean at home.

I purchased a few sweaters that needs to be dry cleaned, but because I often dread going to the dry cleaners, they’ve been siting in a pile waiting to be cleaned, sigh.

Here’s how it works: You start with the included stain removing pen; it’s a squeeze dispenser that disperses a small amount of cleaning liquid. The packaging instructs you to use the pen’s rubber tip like an eraser on the stain.

The next step in the kit is an odor and wrinkle release spray. The spray is in a smaller bottle, but I would estimate that there’s enough liquid for 10 plus washes. 

After using the pen and the spray, you drop up to five pieces of clothing in the provided reusable bag. The kit comes with four dryer sheets that look and feel like larger wet wipes. The purpose of the sheets is to create steam inside the bag once it’s zipped closed and placed in the dryer for up to 30 minutes. 

The results? Clothing had a light, fresh scent, not overwhelming and looked clean. I let my clothes stay in the dryer for about 15 minutes. The instructions stated to leave items in the dryer for 15-30 minutes.

Note: While the clothes smelled fresh and clean they came out of the dryer bag slightly wrinkled. 


Can we dry clean our clothes at home? I probably would not use a home dry cleaning kit on every piece of clothing because of the roughness of the dryer and because the clothing comes out slightly wrinkled. I don’t think these can fully replace professional dry-cleaning, but they can extend the time between dry cleaner visits and solve those last-minute dry-cleaning needs! I will definitely use this kit again on many clothing items. I am happy to  skip the hassle, expense and harsh chemicals of the dry cleaners!

After Thoughts and Ideas

I just had an idea as I’m writing this post. We have an assortment of stuffed animals that my son will probably NEVER want to part with. The dry cleaning kit would be a perfect way to freshen them up.

I will update post when I try using Dryel on other items and share any tips and ideas.