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Dry cleaning and detergents: how to use them little


For clothes, garments in general and home textiles, the dry wash and prefer washing in water with natural detergents. But since it is not easy to give up dry cleaning altogether, it is good to remember that when they return from the dry cleaners, the clothes must be aired as long as possible (wrong to put them immediately in the closets and drawers) because they have to disperse the chemicals they have accumulated.

The most common of the chemicals used for the dry wash it is perchlorethylene and it is not very good, indeed it is carcinogenic. Wearing clothes that contain it - such as clothes just brought back from the dry cleaners - exposes it to absorption. However, a few hours in the open air are enough for perchlorethylene to disperse and no longer pose a threat to health.

The alternative to dry wash is washing with water, but here too you have to be careful. The risk is that the chemical threat changes face but remains so, for example by moving from perchlorethylene to aggressive detergents which - ending up in the drain - also damage the environment as well as health. There are soap-based detergents produced with natural raw materials that are effective already at 60 ° C and also ecological detergents with surfactants of animal or vegetable origin.

Another risk of the dry wash is represented by stain removers, which are usually not 'gentle' substances and which should be used very little and better still do without. When washing with water, stain removers can be effectively replaced with natural systems which also have the advantage of being simple and economical.

On more general stains, you can rub Marseille soap before washing with water in the washing machine, remembering that for each stain there is a natural remedy. For greasy stains, use plenty of talcum powder or a solution of alcohol and salt, always before washing in the washing machine. The tar is removed by passing a rag soaked in oil. Fruit is removed with milk baths, tea or coffee stains with lemon baths or hydrogen peroxide if you prefer. And again: the wine stains are removed by sprinkling them with salt and then washing with water and perborate. Cold water and salt are used for blood or chocolate stains.

Another aspect that we can keep under control with water washing in the washing machine while with the dry wash we miss is that of cleaning the washing device. In washing machines and machines used for dry cleaning, residues may remain and end up on fabrics. The maintenance and cleaning of your washing machine are essential and even in this case the best approach is the 'natural' one with products and preparations that respect health and the environment.

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