16 CFR Part 423 - Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods (the “Care Labeling Rule”), Project No. R511915
As a consumer, I find it very difficult to justify taking my clothes to the dry cleaner every time that I need to clean them. A good portion of my wardrobe reads dry-clean only, so I have previously believed that it is the only possible method of cleaning those garments. The ability to clean my clothes by other methods would save me a lot of money each year in dry-cleaning because I prefer to take my dry-cleaning to an environmentally conscious store which can charge upwards of 10-15 dollars per garment. If I knew I could wet clean these items, I would definitely be taking my laundry elsewhere if possible. I believe requiring manufacturers and importers to disclose all appropriate care procedures would certainly help consumers choose the least expensive option for themselves. I understand if changing the regulation to force manufacturers to do more preliminary testing imposes too many costs on the manufacturers, but within reason it might be best if the consumer knew all of the choices available to him. One might argue that the money a consumer saves in dry-cleaning per year could be used to purchase more garments, and that listing all wash options might create a draw for consumers such as myself who have started to avoid buying dry clean only items.