Published on July 24th, 2015 | by Janine Giorgenti


Should You Dry Clean or Launder Your Dress Shirts?

For cotton, there is a preferred method

By Janine Giorgenti

This is by far one of the most commonly asked questions that I receive from my clients and acquaintances. If you know anything about me, you know I am a big fan of dress shirts. I am also a big fan of keeping dress shirts clean, fresh, and looking brand new.

Opinions – on whether one should launder their dress shirt vs dry cleaning – tend to differ, but my opinion is rooted in one very simple observation: cotton is a natural fiber.


The chemicals used in dry cleaning are too harsh for cotton and will eventually weaken the fibers. Furthermore, since dress shirts are worn close to the body; it’s not healthy to wear these chemicals on your skin.

Shirts respond well to being washed in soap and water.

If you are washing your dress shirts at home, bleach can be used to brighten whites in warm or hot water. For colors, cold water is best to preserve color.

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About the Author

Janine Giorgenti

For over 25 years, Janine Giorgenti, renowned fashion designer and image consultant – has provided a long line of satisfied clients with unparalleled service and first class made-to-measure custom suits. Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, CBS, and other top media outlets – Janine has established a clientele of some of New York’s most successful and discerning professionals – including such New York dignitaries as former New York Islanders legend Bobby Nystrom and chief economist Dr. Irwin Kellner.

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Should You Dry Clean or Launder Your Dress Shirts?

by Janine Giorgenti