The dirt on dry cleaning

July 22, 2014

Avoid dry cleaning if possible

Dry cleaning isn’t really ‘dry’; it’s just that chemical solvents are used instead of water to remove stains. The solvents work well, but they aren’t very environmentally friendly – particularly to groundwater if they are spilled.

So here are three ideas for using less dry cleaning:

  • If possible, buy clothes you can wash in regular laundry
  • If possible, seek out a company that uses a newer process called ‘wetcleaning’ which has less environmental impact
  • Consider wearing clothes more than once between cleanings

You’ll save money and do a good thing for the environment! (For more information, read this excellent factsheet from the US EPA.)

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