California Cleans Its Clothes of Toxic Detergents

California is phasing out use of a potentially toxic detergent additive.
By Erika Bentson
June/July 2007
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California is cracking down on potentially hazardous detergents.
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Did you know your dry cleaner probably uses perchloroethylene, a toxin linked to several types of cancers, to clean your finer threads? But now California is the first state to throw in the towel. Businesses there may not purchase perchloroethylene-dependent machines after 2008, and those already in place must phase out by 2023. Thankfully, perchloroethylene isn't the only option right now for the rest of the country. For a list of eco-friendly dry cleaners by state, visit www.epa.gov/dfe/pubs/garment/gcrg/cleanguide.pdf.








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