Dry Cleaners Rochester NH

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.

Varneys Laundry Center
(603) 330-0377
130 S Main St
Rochester, NH
 
Scrubbing Board Laundromat
(603) 332-9721
45 Hancock Street
Rochester, NH
 
Deb's Laundromat
(603) 692-5713
47 Washington Street
Somersworth, NH
 
75 Broadway Laundromat
(603) 617-3544
75 Broadway
Dover, NH
 
Broadway Laundromat & Car Wash
(603) 834-6492
75 Broadway
Dover, NH
 
Fuller's Dry Cleaning
(603) 332-3116
224 North Main Street
Rochester, NH
 
Six-T's Laundry
(603) 332-9692
59 Main Street
Rochester, NH
 
Emerald City Laundry
(603) 692-7989
302 Main Street
Somersworth, NH
 
Northeast Laundry Equipment
(603) 743-6623
75 Broadway # 1
Dover, NH
 
Rice's Laundromat
(207) 676-4484
40 Main Street
North Berwick, ME
 

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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