Everything we have with the exception of 3 piece suits, gowns, suede and leather, etc, gets cleaned in our washer. We wash clothes with "Dry Clean Only" labels and, we combine all colors; we also wash silk and satin blouses. I have not noticed any problem with bleeding, shrinking, staining, or any other problem. Our policy is if anything bad happens from washing, throw it out. In 25 years we have never thrown out any cloths because of the washer damaging them. Our other policy is, if it requires special treatment we don't buy it. Of course we do buy "dry clean only" stuff because we know it doesn't matter. I iron all of our clothes and because of this I get close and familiar with each item and, so far I have not found any problems. Yes, I iron clothes that say "do not iron" or, "iron with cool setting". And I use the steam setting on everything. For delicate items I do use the coolest steam setting and sometimes turn a garment inside-out.
So how much attention should we put on the outfits we wear to work and what do our choices say about us? I read a brilliant article on the Forbes website a few months back that really looks at this question and comes up with some interesting ideas. In the article Forbes interviewed the physiologist Dr Jennifer Baumgartner’s about her book “ You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You ” in which she examines how psychology determines which clothes we choose to wear and how changing the way we dress can overcome issues that our clothes might express to others.