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Does Dry-Cleaning Make you Sick?

Ever wonder why the clothes you bring home from conventional dry cleaners have a strangely sweet odour? That’s the smell of petrochemical residue. Most people find it distasteful, but some people who suffer from asthma or odour sensitivities find it can make them sick.

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 Most dry cleaners (about 85%) use a synthetic chlorinated hydrocarbon solvent known as perchloroethylene (perc). It has been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a toxic air contaminant, a hazardous, likely carcinogenic substance and one of the top four contaminants found in drinking water. It can enter your body when you inhale its vapours or touch it. Perc can irritate your skin, eyes, nose or throat, and affects your brain much like alcohol does (e.g. dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of balance or coordination, etc.). California has recently banned the use of perc; other states in America have proposed similar legislation.

GreenEarth is a green dry cleaning process that is so safe, the EPA doesn’t regulate it. Neither does OSHA, RCRA or CERCLA. In contrast, the petroleum-based solvents most dry cleaners use are heavily regulated. That’s because they can be extremely hazardous to the earth and people when they aren’t handled properly.

Clothes dry cleaned with GreenEarth have absolutely no odour. Your clothes are fresh and clean right out of the bag, so there’s no need to let them “air out” (though you should take them out of the bag before hanging them in your wardrobe—if humidity gets trapped inside the bag it is not good for clothes).

GreenEarth solution is so safe you could rub it on your skin. In fact, you probably already do. That’s because GreenEarth solution is pure liquid silicone, the same base ingredient found in everyday shampoos, conditioners, skin lotions and antiperspirants.

Allergies or sensitive skin? No worries. GreenEarth is non-allergenic and non-irritating. Best of all, it leaves fabrics silky smooth, with no static. Wools aren’t itchy. Jumpers feel soft. Fabrics drape nicely again. Clothes just feel good.

For more information visit: http://www.greenearthcleaning.com/resource/resmgr/docs/gecfactsheet5.10.pdf

 Beware of “green washing”!

The second most common type of solvent used in dry cleaning is hydrocarbon, also petroleum-based. Hydrocarbon is sometimes marketed as “organic”. Beware! There is nothing “green” about organic dry cleaning methods. Scientifically speaking, anything with a chain of carbon can be accurately labeled organic, but that doesn’t mean it’s environmentally friendly or chemical-free. Gasoline is organic, but you wouldn’t want to wash clothes with it.

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