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Dry cleaning is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using a chemical solvent other than water. It is used to clean fabrics that degrade in water, and delicate fabrics that cannot withstand the rough and tumble of a washing machine and clothes dryer. It can eliminate labor-intensive hand washing.

Unlike what its name implies, dry cleaning is not a 'dry' process. Clothes are soaked in a solvent other than water. Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), which the industry calls "perc," is the most widely used solvent. Alternative solvents are trichloroethane and petroleum spirits. Dry cleaning can be controversial because it uses chlorocarbons, which are of concern for their potential toxicity and environmental impact.

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