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Dry Cleaning Safety and Alternatives

Did you know that 85% of U.S. dry cleaners still use the toxic solvent perchloroethylene in their cleaning processes?  This hazardous dry cleaning chemical is known to cause headaches, fatigue, nausea and dizziness and is linked to reproductive problems and central nervous system disorders.  Long term exposure is linked to kidney and liver damage. It is labeled as a probable human carcinogen by the EPA and is a concern when it comes to air and water pollution as well.

What can you do?

“Wet cleaning,” an alternative to dry cleaning, was introduced in the mid-1990s but has had little attention.  The system uses detergents and water to clean sensitive fabrics.  This process is followed by ironing or steaming.  Wet cleaning results in no toxic air or water pollution and has no known adverse health effects.  The EPA recognizes it as a “viable financial alternative” for dry cleaning businesses. Feelings on the results of wet cleaning are mixed. Although a study showed that 90% of customers rated the process “good” or “excellent,” Consumer Reports state that the wet cleaning method left a lambswool jacket severely pilled and shrank a linen blend skirt.

There are other options available.

Liquid carbon dioxide actually is reported to have better results than traditional dry cleaning.  The process does include some volatile organic compounds and the system used for this method cost nearly double the cost of wet cleaning equipment. The benefit is that it uses carbon dioxide captured from existing industrial and agricultural emissions and will not contribute to global warming. Think of it as recycling factory pollution.

Alternative dry cleaning chemicals including hydrocarbon and siloxane are similar in process and cost for dry cleaning businesses and are less toxic than perchloroethylene.  Both are considered greener, however, studies are needed to determine how safe they are.  The EPA and the Coalition for Clean Air state that they can’t be labeled safe for health or the environment without more testing and note that siloxane may be a carcinogen (lab studies showed cancer in animals) and is extremely flammable. Hydrocarbon also is a highly flammable substance.

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