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Dry Cleaning Vs. Home Washing: Which Is Better?

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Dry Cleaning Vs. Home Washing: Which Is Better?

Back in the day getting clothes dry cleaned from the dry cleaners was considered an expensive task that was mainly conducted by the upper class. Thanks to vast technical developments, dry cleaners began offering their dry cleaning services at lower rates. But unfortunately today, due to a hike in prices, people once again are moving towards the practice of washing their clothes at home.

That said, here are some factors that are helpful in understanding the basic difference between washing your clothes at home versus at a dry cleaner.

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Dry Cleaning Your Clothes

1.  At the dry cleaners, the dry-cleaning worker first looks at your clothes to see if there are any tears, stains, or missing buttons. They then tag them with an identification mark so they don’t mix up your clothes from the other customers’.

2. After you leave, the dry-cleaning worker starts the laundry-cleaning process, which begins by removing any stains with help of a stain remover.

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3. After removing any stains, the dry-cleaning worker cleans the clothes in the dry-cleaning machine. During this process, a solvent is added, which helps remove stubborn stains from the clothes. Once the clothes are dried, the the dry-cleaning worker irons and packs your clothing. You can then pick your clothes up!

Washing Your Clothes At Home

If you plan to clean your clothes at home, you may need to buy a kit that includes  stain removers, dryer activated cloths and a reusable dryer bag. The process is similar to dry cleaning your clothes at the dry cleaners without, of course, making the heavy machines.

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When dry cleaning clothes at home, you will also be required to remove stains with a stain remover solvent and rub the clothes when removing those stains. When doing this you need to be cautious when applying the solvent on the cloth. You should only apply a small portion of solvent to the cloth.

After doing this exercise, you will have to put your clothes in a dryer for at least thirty minutes. During the course, you will be required to put small amount of water, perfume and emulsifier in the dryer. The heat from the dryer will help clean your clothes and possibly further remove any stains, making them look clean, shiny and new.

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After your clothes have dried, iron out any wrinkles and fold them. If you have lots of laundry to do throughout the week, your washing machine at home may not be big enough, resulting in multiple loads which can become frustrating. You may not have a dryer, which means more time spent hanging clothes on a clothes line or drying rack.

Conclusion

Although both cleaning processes get the job done, today people have less time to spend cleaning their clothes at home. While dry cleaning seems more expensive up front, it actually is cost effective in the long run because of how much time it saves you. All you have to do is drop your clothes off and then you can go back to work, run more errands, spend time with your friends and family… Besides that, there are  various fabrics like bed sheets, curtains, suits, etc… which are not possible to clean at home. Remember this is a professional service you are paying for. This means the people who work at the dry cleaners are experts. They have pretty much dealt with every stain, tear and/or missing button, so your clothes will be well taken care of. For these reasons, the dry cleaners is a more preferable choice than washing your clothes at home.

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Hopefully from this post, you now understand the differences between cleaning your clothes at home versus having them cleaned at the dry cleaners, and why the dry cleaners is the preferred choice. Happy clothes cleaning!

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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