Putting Trust in the Gentle Cycle

From across the room, Logan asks, “Mike, when do you dry clean your clothes?”

I go to the dry cleaners twice a year—maybe three times a year maximum. The only things I dry clean are coats and suits, and every few years, ties. I wash all of my dress shirts using the washing machine’s gentle cycle in cold water. Washing by hand would probably be ideal, but I’ve found that the gentle cycle in the washer, and then hang drying the shirts, does the trick. The reason why I refuse to send my shirts to the dry cleaners is mostly because they treat your shirts with a lot of chemicals, and that has a huge effect on the lifespan of your shirts because it wears away the material, and I’d like my shirts to last longer than a year.

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