At-Home Dry Cleaning Kits vs. The Real Deal


I’m sure you’ve seen them in the store by now— “Home” or “DIY” Dry Cleaning kits that prevent you from needing to take your clothes into the dry cleaner. Dryel, Freshcare, Custom Cleaner and others have all created something in an attempt to mimic the actual dry cleaning process.

But are they actually effective? Do they work?

Laundry experts and testers are almost unanimous in agreement… These at-home kits are not effective and not worth your money. They are unable to give you the quality that professional dry cleaning offers. New York Magazine tested three of the leading brands for this type of product and found that EVERY kit left stains and wrinkles that would need further cleaning afterwards. Who wants to waste their time on something that doesn’t work? We’re all too busy for that!

Martha Stewart has also added to the “at-home dry cleaning” conversation. She has pointed out that even though “clothes come out soft and unwrinkled, they’re not exactly pressed or starched.” In addition, at-home cleaning kits often add a potent fragrance because the product cannot be diluted in water. No one wants to walk around smelling like an overbearing load of laundry!

All in all, the evidence is clear. Some things are just best left to the professionals. Avoid leftover stains, wrinkles, and other issues by bringing your clothes to the dry cleaner. Fortunately, City Dry Cleaning is here to make it easy for you! We offer curbside assistance at our store and a FREE pickup and delivery service. So, leave the at home dry cleaning kit on the shelf and let us take care of your garments. You won’t be disappointed!