Is 'Organic' Dry Cleaning For Real? – StyleList
Is “organic” dry cleaning really organic? The Green Guide answers and the answer is Not Necessarily.
It turns out that “organic” dry-cleaning can include the use of the most common dry-cleaning chemical, perchloroethylene (perc), since organic in chem-speak means carbon-based.
However, “organic” can also mean certified by the International Fabricare Institute, but even that certification doesn’t mean such a store doesn’t use perc, just that they operate in an environmentally responsible fashion. So, overall, there is no regulation of the term organic when it comes to dry cleaning. there are alternatives like siloxane D5, but experts disagree on its safety. Wet cleaning is another option that uses special washers and dryers. Carbon dioxide cleaning is another option.
Which makes this all as clear as mud. If you’re concerned, ask your dry cleaner what they use to clean. Chances are it will be perchloroethylene (perc). If you must dry clean and your cleaner uses perchloroethylene, here are some tips from the Sierra Club on how to minimize your exposure:
* Remove the wrapper outside or in your garage. Let your clothes air out for at least a day, preferably four or five before wearing them.
* in the meantime, try to move towards clothing that doesn’t need to be dry cleaned.
* Dry clean as infrequently as possible.
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