Cleaning Process

Wearing dry-cleaned clothing does present a small but avoidable cancer risk. According to a study by Consumers Union, those who wear two freshly dry-cleaned items of clothing each week for about 40 years may have an increased risk of developing cancer, due to exposure to a solvent used in the cleaning process. “The risk isn’t great, and there’s no reason to panic,” says Edwrd Groth III, Ph.D., an author of the study. But you may want to try these tips: Dry-clean clothes only when they really need it; unbag them and air them out for a few days before wearing. Also look for the new “green” cleaners that use a water-based cleaning process.

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