Green Dry Cleaning

Do you hate that just dry-cleaned smell? The odor from traditional dry-cleaning comes from the solvent used in the cleaning process called perchloro-ethelene or "perc". Perc is a dangerous chemical suspected of causing cancer, as well as, less serious physical reactions in some people. It is classified as a hazardous chemical by the EPA, can contaminate ground water and contributes to smog problems in cities.

The less toxic alternatives to perc dry-cleaners are: silicone based solvent cleaners, carbon dioxide cleaners and "wet" cleaners. All of which do not have the strong odor or potential side effects of perc cleaners. If you can't find a non-perc dry-cleaner in your area, contact your state pollution control agency or health department for a list of less toxic dry-cleaners. If you are currently using a perc dry-cleaners, be sure to remove the plastic film from cleaned clothes and let them air out for 1-2 days in a room that you don't use for sleeping. It will help reduce the odor and give the chemicals a chance to leave the fabric before you wear it.


Find a non-PERC dry-cleaner

Take the plastic off of newly dry-cleaned clothes and let them air out for 48 hours before hanging them in your closet

Recycle hangers and plastic bags

Use biodegradable and natural detergents


Other Information and Resources    Brand of dry-cleaners that uses non-PERC