What is Dry-cleaning?
Dry cleaning is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using chemical solvent other than water. Despite its name, dry cleaning is not a “dry” process, clothes are soaked in a liquid solvent.
Most dangerous chemical
Dry cleaner uses dangerous chemical solvents that are harmful to people and the environment. Most cleaners use Perchloroethylene, also known as Tetrachloroethylene, PCE, or PERC. It is classified to be a human carcinogen, according to the U.S. National Toxicology Program, Occupational Safety and Human Safety agency.
Acute exposure to PERC is linked to blurred vision, dizziness, loss of coordination, Parkinson’s disease, cervical and esophageal cancers and lymphoma. PERC enters the bloodstream via respiration or through skin absorption, and it ends up in the air and water, so we are all exposed to this toxic chemical. The main health risk with PERC is not only through wearing clothes that have been cleaned with it, but also, exposure through air and soil. It is long term exposure that can increase the risk of cancer, putting dry cleaning workers, people who live in close proximity and customers at the highest risk.
The alternatives to PERC are fairly diverse but many of them don’t seem any safer.
Nproply bromide was a popular alternative in some parts of the country for a while. But the problem is Npropyl bromide is a neurotoxin and there are reports out there from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a couple of dry cleaners developing neurological diseases.
DF-2000 is made by Exxon-Mobil. DF-2000 is an “organic” solvent but only as organic as gasoline. Many dry cleaners boasting of a new “organic” cleaning technique that is non- toxic and environmentally benign. DF-2000 is classified as a neurotoxin by the EPA, and while it is less concerning than PERC, it is still toxic.
GreenEarth Cleaning is a silicon based solvent that’s marketed as environmentally friendly but that has been linked to development of cancer in lab rats.
What’s the safest and most environmentally?
Professional wet cleaning a gentler version of home washing that uses mild and often eco-friendly detergents and computer controls to ensure the right PH, temperature, and agitation for every particular fabric. Nearly all garments labeled “dry clean only” can be cleaned with water. This takes time and skill on the part of the professional, hence the higher price. The machine are expensive and often require licensing fees. The Toxic Use Reduction Institute, ultimately suggest that dry cleaners should consider switching to “wet cleaning,”
At Green Organic Dry Cleaner we never use PERC. We only use toxic-free cleaners, no plastic bags and all of our products are eco-friendly. For more information please visit us on the web at www.greeenorganicdrycleaner.com or download our app by texting the word “GREENO” to 555-888 for free pick-up and delivery. We can also be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at (857)305-3935