Clean Cleaning

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mireya Navarro, a Metropolitan news reporter for The New York Times focused on the environment, looks at "green" alternatives to standard dry cleaning.


Mireya Navarro

Comments [12]

Joe from New Haven

How about a federal grant and loan program to place an American made liquid CO2 "dry cleaning" machine in every dry cleaning establishment in the country by 2015? What's 150K anyway? Not all "infrastructure" involves roads, pipes and wires. This would be "borrowing from our grandchildren" to do something hat would benefit both us AND our long as they don't emit CO'2. Of course one can apply the same logic to the high tech equipment necessary for wet process. Either way it's "green collar".

Jan. 12 2009 05:59 PM
O from Forest Hills

LOL:) I get it.

Jan. 12 2009 12:26 PM
Robert from NYC

As for satin it's a finish not a fabric. The original satin was silk so you can get it still today and pay, as they say, through the nose for it. But Satin silk is what bridal gowns were made of years ago right into the 60s and possibly the 70s for everyone. Today I doubt that everyone can afford them. As for those $30 satin sheet sets, well they should change the name of them by removing the ee form sheet and putting there and i!!! Get it?

Jan. 12 2009 12:05 PM
Barb from Shark River Hills from Shark River Hills, NJ

There are MANY clothes which are labeled DRY CLEAN ONLY, which in past were washable. Manufacturers are afraid that if they say washable, it will be tossed in the washer and dryer. Cashmere sweaters hand wash beautifully, but have to be patted into shape and dried flat. A good hint is that after hand washing you can put them in the washer and run JUST the spin cycle to remove excess water. Then they dry quickly spread out a towel. Silk garments are hand washable (unless multicolors might run), but you have to iron them after! A lost art, I am afraid, when even cotton shirts are taken to the cleaner to be washed and ironed.

Jan. 12 2009 12:04 PM
O from Forest Hills

This reminds me of when I watched divorce court tv and a man took his ex-wife's polyester pants and put them on a grill and they shrank to 2 inches of material.

I learned satin is code for polyester. I bought VS clothes and they say satin but the tag says 100% polyester. Never again!

Silk, cotton or wool for me. I can eat like a vegan but not go so far with the clothes.

Jan. 12 2009 11:58 AM
Robert from NYC

Sorry O, I hadn't read your post. Yes you are right. I don't use dry cleaners anymore and haven't used them in decades. I only HAVE TO bring coats there.

Jan. 12 2009 11:58 AM
O from Forest Hills


my point exactly!

Jan. 12 2009 11:55 AM
Hudson Ansley from Bloomfield, NJ

I agree with O from Forest Hills, the real solution is to buy cloths that don't need to be dry cleaned.

Jan. 12 2009 11:54 AM
George Showman from Brooklyn, NY

My big beef with cleaners is the wrapping -- even 'green' cleaners seem to insist on wrapping shirts in plastic, or in heavy boxes with plastic handles.

I basically never use cleaners precisely to avoid the packaging -- this adds a lot of work for me (e.g. ironing my shirts...).

Jan. 12 2009 11:54 AM
Robert from NYC

One of the falsities about "dry clean only" is with silk. Pure silk, GOOD silk should never be dry cleaned it should be hand or gently washed in soapy water.

Jan. 12 2009 11:52 AM
Merrilea Brunell from Florham Park, NJ

I've been looking for a green, non-toxic way to have my wall to wall carpeting cleaned, to no avail. Can you offer any suggestions?

Jan. 12 2009 11:51 AM
O from Forest Hills

I don't understand why people still dry clean. those chemicals cause cancer!!!

Get cotton, silk, wool, they don't need to be dry cleaned and are natural fibers.

Everyone knows polyester is cheap and no good.

Jan. 12 2009 11:15 AM

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