The top 2 reasons to avoid dry cleaning
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Tetrachloroethylene, or more commonly known as perchloroethylene, is the most common chemical used in dry cleaning, at least until recent years. It's also used as a parts degreaser in the automotive and metalworking industries, and is found in a number of consumer products as well, including paint strippers and spot removers, so why not let us wash our clothes in it, and wear them?
For those who work with perc on a daily basis - them - it only causes dizziness, drowsiness, loss of coordination, mild loss of memory, visual perception, and reaction time after several years of exposure. Several years is a long time, so I wouldn't worry.
As for a little redness and blistering of the skin after prolonged dermal contact, as well as irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes, that can happen to anyone. Kidney dysfunction, and neurological effects such as reversible mood and behavioral changes, well, that's going to get all of us sooner or later. It's called aging. Impairment of coordination, dizziness, headache, sleepiness, and unconsciousness and impaired cognitive and motor neurobehavioral performance, none of this is that important.
And anyway, a little off gassing of perc in our bedrooms and our bodies - us - I wouldn't worry about it, even though the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in America has designated perc a "potential occupational carcinogen," and the National Toxicology Program has designated it as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen", and finally, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has designated it as a "probable human carcinogen."
There's a big different between "potential", "probable", "reasonably anticipated", and "proven", so go ahead and take the risk. Have as much of your fabrics dry cleaned as possible.
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