Manila's Fashion Insiders Share Their Laundry Tricks and Secrets

Be sure to go to a reputable establishment, lest you end up with a horror story.

Laundry is an inescapable fact of life, no matter what your stature in life. The only difference is who does it. If your household staff can't do it properly, save yourself the heartbreak and be sure to go to a reputable establishment you trust.

Where does Manila’s fashionable set go for having clothes cleaned and pressed? Hotels are a safe choice for dry cleaning, says photographer Juan Paolo Pineda. Preview editor-in-chief Isha Andaya-Valles prefers EDSA Shangri-La, while designer Ivarluski Aseron favors Manila Peninsula.

The top pick for many seems to be Jeeves of Belgravia. “From complimentary pick-up and delivery of clothes to proper pressing, Jeeves goes beyond fine dry cleaning,” says Town & Country fashion and beauty editor Carole Cuasay-Tagle. “They use velvet hangers, they package properly and even pin the sleeves so as not to crease the items—little details that add to the quality of service they provide. Apart from dry cleaning services, they are amazing at cleaning bags as well. I once sent a canvas LL Bean tote that had all kinds of stains—from car grease to ketchup stains to tough dirt. They were able to remove all of it.” Jeeves also counts among its clientele stylist Liz Uy, designer Hannah Kong, luxury retailer Homme et Femme, and fashion boutiques Signet’s Jason Qua and Tenant’s Anton Lopez.

As for the laundry, the consensus is to hand-wash delicates or send them to the dry cleaners just to be extra cautious. The rest can be tossed into the washing machine. Aseron suggests using different kinds of detergent. Blacks need different care from brights. Regardless of the color or print, it’s best to iron the reverse side.


When it comes to hardware, Uy reminds you to clean the inside of the washing machine with baking soda and white vinegar or bleach it regularly. Tagle passes on a recommendation from Abueli Home Concierge to use reusable 100 percent wool balls in place of dryer sheets. They’re better for the environment, they help dry the clothes faster, and they can be personalized with essential oils. She gets her oils from the Body Shop and balls from Amazon.

Caring for your designer acquisitions takes some work. These insiders stress the importance of reading (and following!) the care instructions on your garments' tags. Tagle’s tip is to always check the label before buying a piece to know if it’s worth the trouble. Also, note there are some items out there that can’t be washed at all.

Additional insider tips:

  • Aseron suggests you always carry a stain remover pen.
  • Pineda says, “Spin or air dry is best. I’ve had more bad experiences with dryers than washers!”
  • Uy recommends that you don't wash jeans regularly.
  • Tagle stresses that you must send clothes to the cleaners as soon as you're done wearing them. It's easier to remove stains that way.


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