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.

antoniovalente.ca

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?

theartofbeingnormal.com

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!

Advertisements

One Response to “Wet Cleaning”

  1. Carla Mcewen October 18, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I know this web site presents quality depending articles
    and additional data, is there any other web site which presents these kinds of things in quality?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: