Advertisement

What are some tips for safer, greener dry cleaning?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Here are some tips for safer, cleaner dry cleaning:

  • Limit dry cleaning to only what absolutely has to be dry-cleaned.
  • Use only dry cleaners that have stopped using either trichloroethylene or perchloroethelyene (PERC). These chemicals have been linked to kidney and nervous system damage as well as cancer (in the person wearing the clothes, as well as the person cleaning them).
  • If you get your clothes dry-cleaned, remove them from the plastic wrap, which traps in the chemicals used to clean them, and air them out on a porch or another covered area that is open to the outside air.
    You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty

    More About this Book

    You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty

    International bestselling authors of YOU: The Owner's Manual and YOU: On a Diet give you all the tools and know-how to stay young and defy the ageing process. Drawing lively parallels between your...

    Continue Learning about Green Health

    Climate Change Is a Health Issue
    Climate Change Is a Health Issue
    When Martha and the Vandellas released Heat Wave on July 9, 1963, it took the world by storm. Fifty-three years later, as heat waves blister the plane...
    Read More
    How can plants help clean the air in my house?
    Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
    Studies show that houseplants are the best filters of common pollutants such as ammonia, formald...
    More Answers
    How can I go green on a budget?
    Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
    Making your own cleaning products with baking soda can help you go green on budget. Watch the vid...
    More Answers
    4 Tips to Help You Go Green
    4 Tips to Help You Go Green

    Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.