Friday, August 27, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Dryel In-Home Drycleaning Starter Kit

Dryel Starter KitI have been interested to try the Dryel In-Home Drycleaning Kit for a long time.  As a committed practiioner of DIY, rather than pay someone else to do it, I've been wondering if it would be a frugal option for dry clean only clothes.

Basically, the dryel system is a way of steam-cleaning clothes in your dryer.  You put 1-4 items of clothing in the fabric bag and include one of the damp Dryel cloths.  Then you put it in the dryer on medium heat for 30 minutes for cleaning or 15 minutes for freshening up.

The Dryel Starter Kit includes an Instant Stain Remover Pen, 2X ULTRA Concentrated Refill Cloths, a Re-usable Fabric Protection Bag, and an instructional pamphlet including coupons.  (I am covering the main system in this post, and later today I'll publish a follow-up post covering the stain removal pen, as well as Dryel 3-IN-1 Touch-Up Spray.)

I first tried out the system with these two lovely dresses that I picked up at a yard sale for when my girls are bigger.  You are not supposed to use the Dryel system on leather, velvet, suede, or fur, but since these dresses were actually polyester and acetate, I went ahead and tried it.

It was certainly quick and easy to pop the dresses in the dryer and hang them up thirty minutes later.  They came out very slightly damp and looking fresh.  They had a fairly strong, but not unpleasant, detergent scent to them, but that seemed wear off after they hung in my closet door for a day or so.

The Dryel starter kit looks like it retails for about $10, and the refill cloths for about $10 for 6.  The bag that comes with the starter kit lasts for about 25 uses.  Those prices are as good or better a deal then the $1.99 dry cleaner that I try to patronize, not even counting the gas that it takes me to get there (it's somewhat far away).  And compared to the outrageous regular dry cleaner prices, Dryel comes out way on top! 

Also, right now if you buy the Dryel starter kit at Walmart, you can get a full rebate!  There are also coupons on the Dryel site to print.

Overall, I was fairly impressed with the Dryel system.  Every mom I know hates doing short errands like the dry cleaner with kids, so doing it at home is a huge draw.  I might not entrust my most precious garments in the most delicate fabrics to the system, but those are few and far between.  For the majority of my dry cleaning needs, it seems to be a great solution.

One of you readers now gets to try their own Dryel Starter Kit without even doing the rebate, since I have one to give away here! 
To enter, please just leave a comment on this post saying why you'd like to try Dryel.  You must answer this question to enter.  Please include your email in your comment if it is not available in your profile. For extra entries, you may do any or all of the following, for a maximum of 6 entries in total (please leave a separate comment for each):

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The contest ends on Thursday, September 9, at midnight. The contest is open to residents of the US only, and the winner must provide a valid mailing address (no PO boxes).  I will choose the winner randomly and notify him or her by email, and he or she will have 72 hours to respond.  Good luck!
The sample that I received and the giveaway prize were provided by Mama Buzz.  I received no other compensation for this reveiw, and the opinions are my own.

59 comments:

  1. make it easier to keep my uniforms looking nice

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  4. My wife keeps buying clothes that need dry cleaning, so I need to keep down my costs for keeping them clean.

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  5. I'd like to try Dryel because I hate paying for dry cleaning :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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  6. My email is dmason48@att.net

    I'd love to try Dryel FOR THE FIRST TIME...in the years it's been available, I've never tried it but have thought often that I would. By now, there's a new, improved Dryel on the market. The last time I had a dress cleaned, the cost was outrageous.

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  7. I would like to try to see how it works on some of my dressier clothes that I only wear occasionally because I don't want to pay to have them professionally dry cleaned.
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  11. I would like to win because I am just far too lazy to make it to the dry cleaners!

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  12. I would love to try this because we never have time to run to the dry cleaners so we always end up with a big stack of stuff that needs dry cleaned and it would be so much easier to be able to just do it at home!
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  15. I want to try dryell because I feel as though the only dry cleaner in town is really ripping me off.

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  16. I would like to win to wash our babe's baptism outfit. It needs to be cleaned and is still sitting dirty!
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  17. A lot of my clothes are dry clean only. I need to keep the cost of cleaning under control.

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  18. Our dry cleaning bills are expensive and I would love to cut my costs.

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  19. I want to try Dryel to cut down on my dry cleaning costs!
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  21. I only have a few items in my closet that are dry clean only, and I hardly ever wear them because I don't want to make a trip to the dry cleaner. This would solve my problem!


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  22. Would love to win this - drycleaning can be really expensive!! grammypennyann@yahoo.com

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  23. I'd like to try Dryel because I have to wear suits to work every day and my dry cleaning bill is outrageous. Dryel would probably make it so I could skip a few trips to the cleaners every month.

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  25. We would love to try the Dryel In-Home Dry Cleaning Starter Kit because we have a number of items that we hesitate to wear (or use) because of the hassle and expense of taking them to a Dry Cleaning store.

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  26. We have tons of items that need to be dry cleaned but I keep putting it off. Too expensive , no time ..etc. Would love to be able to do this at home. jas8929(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I would help my work clothes look nicer. suelee1998 @ gmail.com

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  28. I would love to try it on hubby's dress shirts to help save $$ and time running to the cleaners. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  29. Between my career as a classical musician and the husband's in the military we have a hefty dry-cleaning budget. This would be wonderful.

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  30. I would like to try Dryel because I could cut down on my dry cleaning costs

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  33. I like to try it out because I hate paying our dry cleaning bill :)

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  34. I have several outfits (that I just had to have u know ;) that need dry cleaning. I would like to try Dryel on them
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  35. I have quite a few things that I wear less often because they have to be dry cleaned. I would love this because I would have to consider the dry cleaning cost and could wear a few of my favorite things more often.


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  38. I really can't afford a large dry cleaning bill so I would love to try thing out.

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  39. We don't dry clean because of the extra cost so this would be great for us to try.

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  40. I'd like to try this because dry cleaning is expensive and time consuming
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  43. I would love to try it for the savings and convenience. We don't have a local dry cleaner; the one we use (rarely) is about an hour away. This would be great!
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  46. I'd love to try it on all the shirts I have that have wooden beads and glitter all over them. Thanks!

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  47. I'd like to try it to save on dry cleaning

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  48. My 88 year old Mother has been using Dryel for years (and YES! She still does her own laundry!) She swears by and I really want to give it a try. I must say her clothes always look and smell great!

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  49. Many of my clothes are dry clean only, so I would love to try this. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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