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How to Wet-Wash Wool & Silk and Skip Dry-Cleaning Chemicals
Posted By Annie B. Bond On March 10, 2009 @ 10:22 am In Green Living, Healthy Home | 13 Comments
Do you hang dry-cleaned clothes in your bedroom closet? If so, guess what you are breathing all night long: a probable carcinogen. Dry cleaning chemical fumes depress your central nervous system as they waft around the room. If this isn’t exactly your idea of a healthy sanctuary, try wet-washing as one alternative to conventional dry cleaning. Here’s how.
For most of the world, dry cleaning means that the clothes are cleaned with a solvent called perchloroethylene. Besides the health concerns mentioned above, it is also known to cause smog  and air pollution .
The biggest dangers in wet-washing wool? Shrinking and felting. These are caused by two things:
Hand washing your wool and silk in water and a neutral-pH soap is called wet-washing, and it can be very successful. The pashmina shawl shown in the picture, above, was a gift to me and is made of 55 percent pashmina wool and 45 percent silk. This is just one of many wool and silk pieces of clothing I wet-wash.
Get more nontoxic laundry secrets in this excerpt from my book Home Enlightenment  on Gaiam Life.
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 smog: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1169592
 nontoxic laundry secrets in this excerpt from my book Home Enlightenment: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/The-Best-EcoFriendly-Ways-to-Get-Clothes-Really-Clean.html
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