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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Dry Cleaning - Think Twice

I haven't been to the dry cleaners in years. That "after-smell" on my clothes was so nauseating that I switched to a wardrobe that could be cleaned more simply. According to Greener Choices, over 80% of dry cleaners use perchloroethylene, or perc, a solvent which is associated with environmental and health risks. Perc has been classified by the EPA as both a hazardous air and water pollutant. It can potentially contaminate surface water, groundwater and drinking water, and it's known to be toxic to plants and aquatic animals. For more on this potent polluter, and to learn about dry cleaning alternatives, click here. /m


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said. Wet cleaning is the safest method, both for garments and the environment, for cleaning "dry clean only" clothes. If you haven't seen it in your area, ask for it. Our cleaners is a 100% wet cleaning facility that neither uses nor generates toxic chemicals. The Consumer Reports article didn't give wet cleaning high marks at the time it was written, but now the quality is as good or better than high end dry cleaners! We're very pleased with the results.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Galli Galli Sim Sim said...

Hey Anon,
Whatever we can do to de-tox the planet, and the sooner the better...
Thanks for commenting.

10:59 AM  

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