Many of us have a few items in our closets that cannot be washed and dried with the rest of the laundry, but what many do not know is that some clothes picked up from the dry cleaners can bring toxic chemicals into your home. It’s called Percoetholeyne and many states are trying to ban the chemical. Gary Crone is one step ahead, as long as he has owned Comet Cleaners they have never used Percoetholeyne.
The Occidental College's Pollution Prevention Center's study shows that 85% of the more than 35,000 dry cleaners in the US do. Instead Crone has found an alternative, a biodegradable solvent. He says, "it's just safer, it's easier on our hands if we touch it, it doesn't burn us, it doesn't hurt our nose if we smell it." Minimal contact with perc can cause dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, and skin and respiratory irritation. Prolonged perc exposure has been linked to liver and kidney damage, and cancer.
Along with the biodegradable solution Comet Cleaners also uses environmentally and people friendly spotting chemical called TarGo EF.
Crone isn't stopping there he wants to make sure that every aspect of his business is covered, and that none of it is doing any damage to his customers or the environment. Comet Cleaners has started collecting un–used hangers and even takes back plastic clothes coverings. He says they don’t want them to end up in a land fill so you can bring them back to the store and they’ll reuse them.