Have you ever walked in to pick up your dry cleaning and been slammed by noxious odors as soon as you cross the threshold? Did you know that the solvents used in conventional dry cleaning are especially harmful and toxic to humans and to the environment? It's also alarming to think that the cleaning process used that contains perchloroethylene (perc) not only leaches into the water system and land, but also is active in clothing that has been dry cleaned while you are wearing it, which can enter your skin, and effect your health.
Imagine wearing that nice sweater that just got cleaned with your newborn infant snuggled up close against your chest? If that's not enough to have you stop and consider the devastating truths behind dry cleaning here's more:
Animal studies suggest that PERC has the potential to cause liver and kidney damage and developmental effects in the unborn. PERC can cause cancer in laboratory animals that were exposed to large amounts over their lifetimes.
The currently available information is not sufficient to determine the health effects from low levels of PERC exposure and whether PERC causes cancer in humans"
In researching alternatives I came across several- and it's becoming more and more likely that you can find an alternative "green dry cleaner" in your neck of the woods.
1) GREEN EARTH CLEANING
2) The EPA also has a PDF list of dry cleaners that use two alternative methods – wet cleaning and CO2 cleaning both of which are acceptable and preferable methods of cleaning your high maintenance garments.