The Harmful Effects of Dry-Cleaning

drycleanDry-cleaning’s origins can be traced back to the ancient Romans who used ammonia derived from urine to launder woolen togas. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since treating our delicate fabrics with bodily fluids. But have we come far enough?

According to Eartheasy.com, “the widely used dry-cleaning solvent known as perchloroethylene, or perc for short, has been linked to health and environmental hazards, and is classified as a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. See how you can help reduce perc emissions by using MyClothingHelper.

In addition, dry-cleaning’s Wikipedia entry offers this: “when released into the air, perc can contribute to smog when it reacts with other volatile organic carbon substances. California declared perchloroethylene a toxic chemical in 1991, and its use will become illegal in that state in 2023.” Luckily, in recent years there have been significant advancements in the laundering world, making chemical treatments a last resort.

Wet cleaning, an environmentally-friendly, water-based system, cleans many dry-clean only garments. According to Eartheasy.com, “The heart of the wet cleaning system is a German made ‘Miele’ processing unit. Many dry cleaning businesses in Europe and North America are now equipped with the Miele wet cleaning unit.”

GreenEarth cleaning is another alternative to traditional dry cleaning. According to Eartheasy.com:

“This method uses a silicone solvent, essentially pure liquefied sand, which is very gentle on clothes. GreenEarth is not a VOC (volatile organic compound); it is chemically inert. This means it does not chemically interact with your clothes in any way. Rather, it carries detergent to the clothing and rinses away suspended dirt and oils trapped by the detergent.”

Today Show Style editor, Bobbi Thomas, offers more cost effective quick fixes to clean and preserve your clothes in the Style Buzz section of Today.com:

“The Janie Dry Cleaner Stick is made of natural clay and absorbs all types of stains, from oil to grease to dairy. Simply apply, let dry, and brush off. For complex stains, Madame Paulette’s Stain Removal Kit is trusted by designers like Vera Wang to treat even the most delicate pieces. With special formulas to fight three primary stain groups, the kit helps you identify what caused the spot, and then appropriately treat it for optimal results.”

The next time you stain your silk blouse or Cashmere sweater consider these earth-friendly and health-conscious alternatives. And consider reducing your overall footprint on the environment by using MyClothingHelper. Your body and your clothes will thank you!

 

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Reducing the Cost of Clothing Care

clothing careWashing, dry-cleaning, and maintaining your clothes can be expensive. Consider just one aspect; the energy needed to power your washer, dryer, and hot water heater. According to the California Energy Commission (CEC), the typical American household does nearly 400 loads of laundry per year, using about 40 gallons of water per load in a conventional washer. That’s about 16,000 gallons of water every year.

The good news is that we live in an innovative time for consumers who want to be cost and energy efficient. The CEC says washing machines on the market today can cut your energy use by as much as 70%.

Front-loading washing machines, previously seen almost exclusively in laundromats, are now available to the public and have proven to be a more energy efficient alternative to the traditional top-loading machine. Writing for About.com, blogger Mary Marlowe Leverette lays out the pros of using a front-loading machine:

“Front-loading machines typically use less water per load. A top loading washer uses three times as much water as front loaders, unless it is rated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s blue Energy Star rating. Both top and front-loading machines that have an Energy Star label use 30-percent less energy and 50-percent less water than other current models.”

Additionally, front-loading machines tumble clothes in an up and down motion that is similar to hand washing. Most top-loaders, however, cycle clothes in a circular motion causing more wear and tear and ultimately shorten the lifespan of your clothes.

If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably spent a lot of time, money, and thought building your wardrobe. It only makes sense that you should take steps to protect your investment. Using a front-loading washer is a great cost-conscious and earth-friendly way to preserve your clothing.

Another great way to protect your clothing investment is MyClothingHelper. Clothes are fragile. Constant washing and dry-cleaning will wear-out, misshape, and otherwise shorten the life of your clothes. MyClothingHelper prevents over-washing, helps to conserve energy, water, and extends the life of your clothes. Your clothes (and your wallet) will thank you.

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