No matter which water temperature, laundry product, or wash cycle you select, certain fabrics simply cannot be washed, are under no circumstances machine washable fabrics. We don’t typically encourage dry cleaning, regardless of what dry clean only tags may say, however, for a handful of fabrics the only option for safe cleaning is dry cleaning. Trust us—we’ve experimented with many dry cleaning instructions! Read on to learn which items fall within the 10% that cannot be washed, and are taken care of through dry cleaning only. .