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Did you know of the 30-35,000 dry cleaning establishments in the United States, apparently only 1,200 of them are using GreenEarth® cleaning? Wikipedia defines GreenEarth cleaning as “a patented process for dry cleaning using liquid silicone (decamethylpentacyclosiloxane, or D5), a clear, odorless, non-toxic solvent solution.”
D5 supposedly degrades into silica and trace amounts of water and carbon dioxide within days if spilled or disposed. So here’s the question, if GreenEarth cleaning uses an odorless, non-toxic solution then why are more than 80% of dry cleaners in the U.S. still using a chemical (perchloroethylene or perc) that produces toxic waste?
And here’s the kicker….do you know what the primary alternative solvent for dry cleaners is? A solvent sold by Exxon-Mobil. Last I checked, Exxon-Mobil was in the gas business…so why is it dry cleaners are using their solvent on our clothes?
In addition, some dry cleaners using either of these two toxic chemicals are promoting their services as “organic”. Why?…because the chemical contains a chain of carbon (which is the scientific meaning of “organic”). I don’t know about you, but when I think organic I think about something that is natural, environmentally-friendly or at least free of harmful chemicals.
My recommendation….GreenEarth Cleaning definitely gets a green plus in my book. So the next time you take your clothes to the dry cleaners, find out if they are using toxic chemicals to “clean” your clothes or have they truly gone green.