The term “organic” has no legal definition where dry cleaners are concerned, so many dry cleaners use it in a misleading way in order to raise prices. For example, many dry cleaners claiming to be organic have started to use new hydrocarbon solvents, which scientifically speaking are organic compounds. However, these solvents are known to be toxic and harmful if ingested in any way.
Moreover, some dry cleaners have started to employ wet cleaning and carbon dioxide cleaning. Although these new methods are labeled as non-toxic, they still can be toxic if residual chemicals are left on the clothes and find their way into your body. (Body soaps are also non-toxic, so we clean ourselves with them; but if we were to ingest them, they would be harmful to us.) While technically organic and non-toxic, we feel like these methods also abuse the word organic.
In order to keep the sense and implication of the word organic we feel that both the solvents and the processes should keep your clothes free from toxicity and leave you feeling safe and secure. Any solvent used should be completely removed – which is exactly what we do!