Wet Cleaning

3 Oct

Happy Wednesday No-Waste-Wednesdays-ers!  We wanted to remind you that we are always looking for suggestions from our readers of new topics to explore each week.  Please send us an email at nowastewednesdays@gmail.com or leave us a comment on any post with your ideas.


This week we will launch into our month’s theme of apparel by investigating the environmental impacts of dry cleaning and a recommended alternative…

Some of the chemicals used in the dry cleaning process can be quite toxic for the people working with them. Perchloroethylene is a highly effective cleaning agent, although it has been identified as extremely toxic for the dry cleaners to work with causing a variety of fertility complications and is linked to cancer causing agents.  Not to mention that danger of it seeping into our water systems.

In response to customer complaints about the dangers of perchloroethylene, many dry cleaners have begun to investigate alternative cleaning methods. Wet cleaning, a system that uses water and biodegradable soap, is an environmentally-friendly process that works well for silk, rayon, leather, suede, and wool garments.(wisegeek.org/is-dry-cleaning-bad-for-the-environment.htm).

Does it work just as well?


It’s been shown that wet cleaning removes all stains as well as dry cleaning but is actually more effective for certain tough stains, like red wine. Some wet cleaning machines also disinfect hard-to-clean items like handbags, shoes, and stuffed animals.

If you have an item that says dry-clean only do some research to see what other options are out there for you.  And perhaps we can eventually have those pesky tags changed!


One Response to “Wet Cleaning”

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