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The History of Dry Cleaning

According to legend, it came about by accident.

According to legend, dry cleaning came about by accident. In the early 19th Century a Frenchman noticed that when kerosene spilled onto his dirty tablecloth it actually removed the stains. The rest, as they say, is history. The first commercial dry cleaner quickly came into existence in Paris in 1825. Fashionable clothing was soaked in tubs of turpentine, processed in a machine then hung out to dry.

When it was first developed, dry cleaning used extremely flammable chemicals such as kerosene, turpentine and gasoline. At the turn of the 20th Century governments began imposing strict regulations on flammable solvents. Synthetic chemical replacements were developed in the 1930’s and have been in use at commercial dry cleaners ever since.

Dryel​ hit the market in 1998 and changed the dry cleaning game forever. It provides the convenience of at-home dry cleaning without all the harsh chemicals. Dryel works in your dryer in as little as 15 minutes and saves up to 90% of the cost of professional dry cleaning. So thanks to an astute 19th Century Frenchman you can clean your delicate clothing right in your own home.