Wet Cleaning vs. Dry Cleaning


The toxic chemical called perchloroethylene (commonly known as perc) is used by most professional Dry Cleaners across USA and throughout the world. Perc can enter the body through drinking water contamination, dermal exposure, or most frequently, inhalation. This is not only a health hazard and environmental justice issue for workers in the dry cleaning business, but for consumers who bring home clothes laden with perc. Perc is also linked to multiple types of cancer. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that clothes dry cleaned with perc can elevate levels of the toxin throughout a home and especially in the room where the garments are stored. Everyone who comes in contact with Perc is at risk. Perc is not only hazardous for people who work in dry cleaning shops or bring home dry cleaned clothes. Perc can also get into our air, water, and soil during the cleaning, purification, and waste disposal phases of dry cleaning, according to the EPA.

Dry Cleaners - Perchloroethylene (PERC) - National Institute of
Environmental Health Science


Dry cleaners that claim to be "Organic" or "Environmentally Friendly" aren't referring to "organic" in the sense of organically grown vegetables that you might find at a market. They're using "organic" in the sense that the toxic chemicals they use -- alcohols, ketones, aldehydes and so on -- are hydrocarbon based, which means that they are classified chemically as organic. All that means is that the chemicals have a carbon basis -- not that they are safe for the environment. Their toxic levels remain high, and just as harmful to the environment. Hydrocarbon cleaning methods are not green at all. Hydrocarbon is a petroleum-based solvent and carries all the environmental concerns of petroleum, including the fact that it’s a major source of greenhouse gases. If your cleaner claims to be Earth-friendly, be sure to ask about the specific methods and chemicals they use. Some dry cleaners will advertise as “green,” “organic,” or “environmentally friendly” when they are anything but safe for the Earth.


Cancer Risk Seen in 'Green Earth' Dry Cleaning - NPR
Why some cleaners are misrepresenting themselves as organic cleaners?


Professional wet cleaning is environmentally healthy because no hazardous chemicals are released into our air, our water, or the clothing we wear.
Next time you spill something on your “dry clean only” garments; remember that you don’t have to put your health, workers, or the environment at risk.
At Hi-Tech Organic Cleaners we offer our customers a safe and responsible alternative.


Some Dry Cleaners Turning to... Wet Cleaning
Dry Cleaner Adopts New Method - News Observer

Hi-Tech Organic Cleaners is the way of the future in professional garment care!

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