How Much does Dry Cleaning Cost? Complete Guide

If you don't want to clean your own clothes, then dry clean them.

How much does Dry Cleaning Cost?

Cleaning Clothes

Going to the dry cleaners can cost you between $10-$15 USD per piece of clothing if you are wanting to clean your standard day-to-day clothes. T-shirts, jeans, sweaters, underwear and socks will fall into this price range. However, bigger pieces like suits and dresses will jump up the cost quickly.

This is How Much does Dry Cleaning Cost? Complete Guide.

Welcome to our article explaining how much you can expect to pay for your dry cleaning bill.

Dry cleaning is a worthwhile expense if your work/life is hectic. If you eat all of your meals out, then the cost of having a professional clean your clothes might be a worthwhile expense. You will see below that it is not that costly. 

Even though there is an average cost per clothing globally, you will find that your dry cleaning bill may exceed the total here due to what type of city or part of the world you are in. Or, if you are lucky, be far less than the bottom range.

This also goes for how long the dry cleaning takes to be ready.

How much does Dry Cleaning Cost?

Below you will see the single piece cost of each clothing you own. If you find these prices too high, that’s ok. We have articles taking you step-by-step through washing your clothes at home.

1. Dry Clean a T-Shirt

The average cost is $2-$4 USD.
The price range can vary from $1-$8 USD.

T-shirts are the most straightforward piece of clothing to clean, coming only behind underwear and socks. Dry cleaners in certain parts of the world will go by total weight. With t-shirts mainly made of cotton, the weight of a t-shirt is next to nothing.

Your dry cleaner may also be able to tailor your t-shirt. It is a cheap alteration to make your t-shirt tighter.

2. Dry Clean a Dress Shirt

The average cost is $2-$5 USD.
The price range can vary from $1-$12 USD.

Your dress shirt will be cheaper than any button-up shirt you take to be cleaned. The cleaners only need to ‘dry clean’ your shirt. 

3. Dry Clean a Cotton or Flannel Shirt

The average cost is $3-$6 USD.
The price range can vary from $1-$15 USD.

Your cotton oxford shirt, flannel or any other ‘daily lifestyle’ button-up shirt will cost more to clean. The cleaners will need to launder the shirt (wash, dry.)

4. Dry Clean Pants

The average cost is $4-$6 USD.
The price range can vary from $3-$15 USD.

Pants will vary the most out of your pieces of clothing due to the types of pants & fabrics. Jeans, slacks, joggers, khakis, and dress pants have specific cleaning needs. 

However, to make the most of your time and money, if they have an alteration service, this is a great time to fit your pants properly. Get your pants hemmedcuffed or have the zipper fixed. You can also stretch your jeans waist or make your pants waist smaller.

5. Dry Clean a Suit

The average cost is $12-$15 USD.
The price range can vary from $8-$40 USD.

The cost of cleaning your suit depends on how many pieces it is, plus the fabric it’s made from. Is it a two-piece or a three-piece suit? Is it made from cotton, polyester or an ultra-expensive Loro Piana wool?

6. Dry Clean a Tie

The average cost is $3-$5 USD.
The price range can vary from $2-$18 USD.

The cost of cleaning your tie will depend on the fabric it’s made from and how dirty it is. If it is a silk tie with a red wine stain, you will look at the higher-end pricing to clean.

7. Dry Clean a Sweater

The average cost is $4-$7 USD.
The price range can vary from $3-$20 USD.

The fabric of your sweat will swing the range of how much it costs to clean. There is a big difference between cotton and cashmere. 

8. Dry Clean a Coat

The average cost is $15-$20 USD.
The price range can vary from $10-$50 USD.

A coat will range greatly depending on what season you are in. A heavy winter jacket or peacoat will charge you on the higher end of this pricing scale.

A blazer or suit jacket in the summer or spring will bring the cost closer to the $10-$15 range.

Additional Dry Cleaning Costs

Since you are already taking your laundry to the dry cleaners, be a good boyfriend, husband or son and take the rest of the more delicate pieces of clothing in your household. 

Here are a few other pieces that will do better being dry cleaned than washed at home.

1. Dry Clean a Skirt

The average cost is $4-$7 USD
The price range can vary from $3-$20 USD.

2. Dry Clean a Dress

The average cost is $8-$12 USD.
The price range can vary from $3-$40 USD.

3. Dry Clean a Wedding Dress

The average cost is $150-$200 USD.
The price range can vary from $100-$300 USD.

How much does Dry Cleaning Cost FAQ

Yes, dry cleaning is worth it. If you have the expendable income or have an event that you want to look your best at, leave the cleaning of your clothes to the professionals. 

The cost of dry cleaning a shirt will be around $4-$6 USD, depending on the shirt type, fabric and location where you live.

The cost of dry-cleaning in India can be as cheap as $1-$2 for an entire week of worn clothing. Getting your clothes dry-cleaned in non-first-world countries like India, Indonesia, and Vietnam is cheap.

Tall Paul
Tall Paul
I am 6'7 (203cm) / 235lb (106 kg) model and ex-athlete. Since I was a teen I had trouble finding clothes. I was too tall for off the rack and was too lean for Big & Tall.

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