Is your drycleaner a health hazard?
Have you found yourself driving home in the car, having just picked up freshly dry cleaned garments, desperately winding down the windows in order to breath or relieve a headache? Chances are the fumes from dry cleaning solvents, toxic chemicals such as perchooethylene (or ‘perc’), have effected you. Skin and eye irritations, behavioural changes and breathing difficulties may be immediate effects but there is also concern as to the longer-term impacts and risk factors for cancer, immune disorders and other health problems. Of course, not buying clothes that need to be dry leaned may be one solution to the problem, but if you are unable to avoid a trip to the drycleaners make sure you air your clothes well, out of the plastic, before wearing them.
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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world.