Dry Cleaners North Kingstown RI

What to do with those designer duds? Seek out local establishments that offer less toxic (and better'smelling) solutions, such as liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) pumped through a high-pressure washer; hydrocarbon, a relatively mild petroleum distillate; new silicone-based cleaners (greenearthcleaning.com); and high'tech, computer-controlled wet washing.

West Bay Laundry & Dry Cleaning
(401) 884-9668
5675 Post Road
East Greenwich, RI
 
Dirty Laundry LLC
(401) 782-3722
100 Fortin Road
Kingston, RI
 
Point Judith Coin Laundry
(401) 789-2288
120 Knowlesway Ext
Narragansett, RI
 
Ocean State Laundry
(401) 841-5384
232 West Main RD
Middletown, RI
 
Veteran's Square Laundry
(401) 615-8334
88 W Warwick Ave # 8
West Warwick, RI
 
Waterford Laundry-Drycleaning
(401) 884-9772
561 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI
 
J & L Laundry
(401) 782-6499
19 Pier Market Place
Narragansett, RI
 
Micki's Laundromat
(401) 847-5972
272 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI
 
Laundry Basket
(401) 823-1890
1705 Main Street
West Warwick, RI
 
Kansal's One Stop Laundry
(401) 826-2720
22 Monterey Drive
West Warwick, RI
 

Dirty Laundry Cleans Up Its Act

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By Elizabeth Marglin

We’ve always found that newly dry-cleaned clothes smell noxious, and now we know why. The most common solvent used in dry cleaning—perchloroethylene, aka perc—causes major problems for both people who work with it and the planet. Besides being a carcinogen, perc is a classified hazardous waste, spewing its guck into the atmosphere, landfills, and aquifers. In 2007, California banned any new dry cleaners from using perc-centric machines, and the state outlawed the carcinogen from all dry cleaners as of 2023. “It’s not even all that great for your clothes,” says Jon Simon, owner of Parkway Custom Drycleaning in Chevy Chase, Maryland, which uses biodegradable hydrocarbon to clean garments. “Perc can make fabrics shrink and become more brittle.”

So what to do with those designer duds? Seek out local establishments that offer less toxic (and better-smelling) solutions, such as liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) pumped through a high-pressure washer; hydrocarbon, a relatively mild petroleum distillate; new silicone-based cleaners (greenearthcleaning.com); and high-tech, computer-controlled wet washing. Or how about a little DIY wet washing? The gentle cycle on your home machine works fine on most fabrics, even cashmere. Better yet, stage your own “dry-cott”—next time you feel the call of retail therapy, just say no to high-maintenance threads.
—Elizabeth Marglin

Author: Elizabeth Marglin

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