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Dry Cleaning's Dirty Secret

Postby John Leary » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:57 am

There's no such thing as "environmentally friendly dry cleaning". Best avoid the need for it altogether.

Read more here:
http://www.livescience.com/health/07013 ... aning.html

If you must have your clothes drycleaned, the Sierra Club recommends the following tips to minimize your exposure to perchloroethylene:
* Remove the plastic wrapper outside or in your garage.
* Let your clothes air out for at least a day, preferably four or five before wearing them.
* Dry clean as infrequently as possible.
* Try to move towards clothing that doesn't need to be dry cleaned.
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Postby Melissa Morgan » Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:10 am

wow.. I had no idea that this is the process dry-cleaners use.

I always imagine little Asian ladies (hey.. I'm from Brooklyn. they run every dry cleaner I've been to, even the one here on George street) in the back with something like that handheld steamer, working on the tough stains diligently...

I'm sure my manager, who boasts of the 80 silk shirts he drops off at his favorite cleaners once a month, would love to know that his silk is so hot it's flammable.
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