Unless your local dry cleaner uses something besides perchloroethylenel or perc. Perc, used by most dry cleaners, is tied to neurological damage, liver damage and cancer. Perc in gas form is a pollutant. There are alternatives to perc that work just as well, but without being toxic. The EPA is trying to help dry cleaners move away from perc. One of the best and safest alternatives to perc is carbon dioxide cleaning. I know, hearing carbon dioxide sends up red flags, but this method recycles CO2 from other industries. There is also a wet-cleaning process that is non-toxic. Of course the cheapest and safest bet is buying clothes that you can wash at home. There is some evidence that people who wear a lot of dry cleaned clothing are at a higher risk for some of the perc side effects. For more information about this issue, click on the link below. I also posted a link to help you find a CO2 dry cleaner. If you can’t find someone close by, ask your favorite dry cleaner to switch to a more eco-friendly alternative.
Avoid Dry-Clean-Only Clothes March 15, 2010