Dry cleaning expected to get more expensive

June 4, 2012 3:21:36 PM PDT
Your dry cleaning bill may soon be going up.

Wire hangers are a big expense for dry cleaning businesses. Many US dry cleaning companies use hangers from Vietnam because they are cheaper.

But the Commerce Department has imposed new trade penalties as high as 21 percent on Vietnamese wire hangers.

That is expected to raise costs for dry cleaners, which could pass that along to customers.