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The hidden dangers of dry cleaning exposed

Dry cleaning is extremely convenient. However, most dry cleaners use a solvent called perchloroethylene which is a harmful chemical and known carcinogen. The solvent is considered a contaminating pollutant that persists in nature. In 2012, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified perchloroethylene under Group 2A. This categorization means that the solvent is potentially carcinogenic in humans. Perchloroethylene is deemed toxic to the human reproductive system, kidneys, skin, gastrointestinal system and the respiratory system. Long-term exposure to perchloroethylene may spur various side-effects such as nausea, headache, fatigue and impaired vision and coordination.  Read more...

 

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