Caring about our environment is a thing that we learn at home and at school. We do have enough awareness about the pollution and other toxins cause by people, factories and other business but these are part of life. There are some people who voluntarily do their own eco-friendly as contribution to atleast keep our environment clean and healthy for our children as our future generation. Nonetheless, the different cleaning products that we use in our house contains chemicals that can harm our family which is why it is important to be cautions, follow directions and be well informed with pre-cautionary instruction. An article that was published in The Herald-Times about perc contamination might be from dry cleaning chemicals that could have leaked from old machinery or been spilled. Steve Arthur, owner of Bloomington Cleaners found toxins on property soil contaminated by perchloroethylene—known as perc—trucked away.

Perc is partly derived from chlorine. Short-term exposure to large amounts of perc can cause problems with the nervous system, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Some people who drink water containing excessive amounts of perc over many years could have problems with their liver and may have an increased risk of getting cancer, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet.

Modern dry cleaning machines, like the ones Arthur has now, seal the perc entirely within their big rotating drums. Perc contamination is not uncommon. “We do more dry cleaners than anybody…part of it is that it’s a niche market we focused on, and part of it is that really all dry cleaners have problems, mostly from the old days,” said Henshaw. For more information, click on the link provided.