Are the chemicals used in dry cleaning dangerous?

No. It’s true that dry cleaning uses solvents or chemicals, and they need to be handled responsibly. However, the “toxicity” of perc, the main cleaning solvent used by dry cleaners, falls in the same low classification as many everyday compounds, including household ammonia or bleach, gasoline, antifreeze, nail polish remover, and other widely used products. Any of these products could be harmful if you drank them or otherwise abused their use – but not when used with everyday, normal care.

The industry today uses equipment that recycles the solvent for reuse. It is a completely enclosed sealed process. Customers’ contact with the solvent is remote as properly dry cleaned and pressed clothes have no detectable level of solvent, and therefore would not pose a health risk to humans.