DRY CLEANING

An animal’s sense of smell is extraordinary. All toxic substances in the home will be impacting their organs contributing to their toxic load.
Clothing & Curtains, All Fabrics

As I have explained through a lot of these pages, I support animal’s healing through their sense of smell.  All of theirs and our senses give us information about what is good and not so good for us.  The issue with humans, is we are in our heads too much and we are not paying attention to what our bodies are saying.  The information it is communicating.

Toxicity comes into our systems through touch, taste, and inhalation.  Therefore, anything sprayed on fabrics will either be ingested through smell or absorbed through touch.  All of these chemicals are lethal for our systems.

All animal and bird life have an extraordinary sense of smell.  They will be absorbing the chemicals through the same pathways.  This is a toxic load for their liver, kidneys, heart, spleen, all the organs will have to deal with the chemicals and try and process the toxicity out of the organic body.

When these dry-cleaned products come back into our living spaces such as car, house, office, they off-gas.  Heavily. It is reported the chemicals can be found in the air in our homes.

Toxins

Most dry cleaners use this chemical,

perchloroethylene
which has a variety of references such as PCE, Perc, Tetrachloroethylene.  It is a known carcinogen.  These are the GH symbols used on the Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS):

The following chemicals are also used in the industry, marketed as “organic”:

  • Siloxane
  • Petroleum Hydrocarbon solvents

Both extremely harmful to the organic body, absorbed through all our senses.

Please Remove Plastic Bags Immediately

The off gassing of the chemicals from the dry cleaning process sweats inside the plastic bags.  Please always remove your dry cleaning from plastic bags when you bring it home.  It is best the clothing is allowed to breathe and toxins dissipate preferably outside.  Although, this cannot be good for our beautiful planet.

An even better solution is to opt out of plastic all together for material bags which can be reused over and over again.

Solutions

A lot of clothing says “Dry clean Only” on the label from a liability standpoint.  However, most of it can be washed in the machine.  If this is not possible, then support a GREEN drycleaner.  But please make sure you ask about the products they use, and look the products up.  Don’t just assume it is green because the word “green” is slapped all over chemical labels” to make the consumer feel better when really nothing has changed toxicity wise.

This is actually an excellent site which explains about the industry and why “organic” does not necessarily mean safe. http://www.ecocleaners.ca/truth-about-dry-cleaning/

Resources

Material Data Safety Sheets:
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/tetrachloroethylene.pdf
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Tetrachloroethylene
http://www.ciscochem.com/assets/perchloroethylene-sds.pdf

https://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=12863

California Air Resources Board. (n.d.). Retrieved May 29, 2020, from https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/our-work/programs/phase-out-perchloroethlyene-dry-cleaning-process/about
Fact Sheet: Tetrachloroethene (PERC) in Indoor & Outdoor Air. (n.d.). Retrieved May 29, 2020, from https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/chemicals/tetrachloroethene/

https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2011/09/dry-cleaning-chemicals-hang-around-your-clothes

Shuai, J., Kim, S., Ryu, H., Park, J., Lee, C. K., Kim, G. B., Ultra, V. U., Jr, & Yang, W. (2018). Health risk assessment of volatile organic compounds exposure near Daegu dyeing industrial complex in South Korea. BMC public health, 18(1), 528. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5454-1

 

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