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September 07, 2010

Do-it-Yourself 'Dry Cleaning' - a non-toxic alternative

DIY Drycleaning

If you’ve ever known a theatrical wardrobe mistress, you’ve met someone who’s smart and under-appreciated. 

Without the calm grace of the wardrobe mistress, most theatrical productions would unravel faster than a chorus girl’s virtue on opening night. 

Perhaps you think I’m exaggerating.  But have you ever wondered how you’d keep sweaty actors’ costumes fresh night after night for weeks on end when you can only send out the smelly clothing for dry cleaning once a week?

The question occurred to me when I was in the cast of  a long-running production of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum in the Eighties.  Every night for months we sang, we danced, we perspired, we bowed and then left our costumes draped in soggy folds, hastily flung on hangers as we fled the pong of the dressing room. 

And yet every afternoon when we returned to the theatre, there hung our chiffon finery, fresh and odorless on the rack.

Greener Cleaner
Being a flippant 23-year-old I never bothered to ask the wardrobe mistress her secret and I’ve regretted it ever since, especially since I travel a lot and there’s never time to get things dry-cleaned on the road.  So I was pretty happy when I ran across the arcane solution this week in my copy of Natural Home magazine. 

I’m excited about this secret formula because it’s non-toxic to the point of being drinkable, in stark contrast to traditional dry cleaning’s ghastly chemicals. 

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