You love dry cleaned clothes as it gives fresh looks, removes stains and body odour.
But chemical PERC (Perchloroethylene) used in dry cleaning is globally recognized as a health hazard and poses threat to the environment.
A recent survey of about 79 dry cleaning facilities in Delhi and Kolkata in India shows that none of the facilities were aware about the danger of PERC whereas International Agency for Research on Cancer claimed PERC being a carcinogen.
The survey found concentration of as low as 1.3mg/kg to as high as 101mg/kg and suggests that it is readily absorbed by inhalation, skin contact or ingestion.
International reports have demonstrated incidences of respiratory failure and deaths in extreme cases.
Multiple health hazards includes irritation of the nose and throat, depression of the central nervous system with symptoms such as drowsiness, dizziness, giddiness, headache, nausea, loss of concentration, confusion and unconsciousness resulting from short term inhalation of very high levels of tetrachloroethylene.
So next time think twice before getting your cloth dry cleaned and should be done only if no other alternative is available.
Wish you a very good health!