No your not mad. I washed mine by hand, just didn't want to spend another 150. Mine wasn't overly dirty. Just slight tan marks under arm, and alot of road dust on under skirt, so dirty enough, unavoidable. No stains. I know I posted this on an older thread from way back if you can find it. I used vanish oxi action liquid mixed with Luke warm water, vanish soap with a tooth brush I massaged the stains, the vanish took them out, I gently rubbed the under skirt, then filled up bath, with warming water veering on cold with hand wash solution, I do buy the Tesco hand wash liquid or the Persil hand wash liquid. The Tesco one is perfect does the job, I posed it up and down in bath, left it soak for an hour or more. Not too long either. Then went about rinsing it 3 times in water. Just didn't over rub or squeeze or ring the dress. I towelled dried it in fairly new white towels, and just lay it flat and wrapped in towels. Then I laid towels over clothes rack then my dress, didn't want to mark the dress with the mark of the rack, and it dripped dried just lightly toweled dried as much excess water as I could. It came out perfect. I read here that sometimes the dry cleaners put them on a cold cycle in a washing machine. Didnt think all the agitating of the machine would do the dress any favours. Turned out perfect. The tan marks came out and the underskirt cam out perfect.