For decades, customers and dry cleaners had no real choice but to clean clothes in harsh, petrochemical solvents with known health and environmental risks. GreenEarth Cleaning (TM) is an environmentally safe dry cleaning process that replaces petroleum-based solvents (perchloroethylene or hydrocarbon) with liquid silicone, a gentle solution made from one of the earth’s safest and most abundant natural resources: silica, or sand.
GreenEarth Cleaning™ was discovered by a scientist working with a solution used in cosmetics who realized it was removing the fats and dirt from his hands without drying them out. He wondered if it could do the same for clothes. Silicone has been around for a long time and has a wide variety of uses, but no one ever had found a way to use it for dry cleaning.
The process of doing so was patented and now forms one of several baseline patents for the GreenEarth Cleaning™ system. It cleans as effectively as traditional dry cleaning without costing more to operate. Even more remarkable is that clothes get cleaner with no fading, shrinking and no harsh chemical odors, in turn prolonging the life of the garment.