What Is Your Dry Cleaning Bill?

Updated on November 18, 2011
S.J. asks from Cherryville, MO
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For those in the corporate world, or those who have hubbies who are, how much is your dry cleaning bill each month just for ONE person?

ETA: Maybe I should clarify - for those who have to wear suits to work.....If I could wear business casual I wouldn't have a dry cleaning bill either!

I am trying to compare to see if mine is reasonable. I am trying to cut costs, but this seems to be such a high bill each month! I wear things a few times before having them cleaned.

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We buy the washable shirts - both hubby and I. We only dry clean our suits, but we wear suits daily. And I am not hand washing a suit - I have tried it before. It doesn't look good, so worth the money of professional cleaning. Anything we can hand wash or machine wash we do. Thanks!

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answers from Los Angeles on

When I was working it was a lot!
Approx $100 min a month.
Then I started trying to buy washable things.
Ironed if I had to.
I would wear my suits at least twice.
Summer was better. Washable pants, short sleeved sweaters I could hand wash, blouses that were handwashable

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answers from Dallas on

Ours is probably around $100 per month. This is hubby only.

We do work from home so it is a lot less than it used to be. He does not wear suits... he has custom pants, custom shirts and golf shirts.

Pants run around $8 each, custom shirts are $4 each, golf shirts are $6 each. All shirts are in boxes, not hangers to make travel easier.

He can re-wear the pants a time or two but usually not the shirts.Women's drycleaning seems to be more expensive than mens. I have a very nice top from Neimans and it cost $20 to clean it.

I know I pay more but this dry cleaner is the best in TX. They come to my house (20 minute drive) every Tuesday and Friday for drop off and pick up.

I do most of my daughter's and my cleaning on the cold cycle and hang to dry unless it specifically states dry clean only.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I spent between $24 to $30 per month.

I shopped around for the best price cleaners. I was amazed at the difference in prices for the same suit.

Good luck to you and yours.

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answers from Phoenix on

My husband is in professional sales and we pay about $40 per month for his shirts. You can shop around in your area. If you go into a cleaner and mention you think you are paying too much for your current cleaner, they may cut you a deal just to get your business. Good luck.

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answers from Indianapolis on

My bill is only for hubby, & for 3-4 weeks it's about $60.00 He works from home so, it is only for when he travels and visit customers.. I still think it's a lot but I refuse to iron... ;0)

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answers from Chicago on

I totally agree with you that handwashing some suits makes it worse than if it was dirty. If you are going to buy a suit, you might as well get something to last--especially if you are in a conservative corporate company. I use Dryell for the most part--at least did until maternity wear became my "suit". :) Not looking forward to the drycleaning again later. I try to keep my suits as clean as possible and take in maybe once a month if even that often. Dryell is great in between. I pay $7.50 to clean a suit for myself. A friend pays $14. It really does depend on where you live. I once took some suits to a different cleaner and it was $12 per suit. When you add up 5 suits at $5 difference each, it really can add up. I would check around for a different cleaner. It turns out the cleaner I go to for the lower price takes better care of my clothes than the higher priced one and they know me now so I just say "hi" and they get my stuff.

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answers from Seattle on

$54 per week.

Don't get me wrong; I can iron with the best of them (ex military)... it's the fabric that can't be washed that kills us. I'm also not bringing drycleaning chemicals into my home. Nope. Huh-uh. Not gonna happen. That stuff is fat soluable and causes major health problems in the long term. It's just *known* in the health industry that pro drycleaners are going to be wrecked in 15-20 years, sooner if they start losing weight (and have all those chemicals flood they system as they start losing fat).

There are a few cheaper places around, but they aren't reliable. One $300 suit (much less a REALLY expensive one) ruined or lost (and 18 mo to be reimbursed) isn't worth saving 10%.

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answers from St. Louis on

Just picked up two pairs of suit pants and it was $9.50. An entire suit is $15.00.

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answers from New York on

ALOT! In fact, I told my husband the other day that after two months of drycleaning... it would be cheaper to repurchase the darn suit!

In general, I try to wear my dry clean items until they are either dirty or have lost their shape (usually 4 or 5 wears), but my monthly drycleaning bill can run as high as $150 depending on the number of meetings I have. Much less in the summer (casual attire), but come Fall- back to suits and dress pants.

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answers from Seattle on

I think my husbands drycleaning bill is about $100 a month.

It's a very expensive service up here in Canada. Shirts used to be .99 each in the states, they are $4-5 here. Ouch.

I bought the city coupon book for my son's band fundraiser, and am using the 15% coupon from it.


answers from Chicago on

I buy Dry Cleaners Secret and do it myself.



answers from San Francisco on

Some things can be washed by hand, even when they say "dry clean."

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