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How Mulberrys Garment Care Uses Eco-friendly Dry-cleaning Practices


Dry cleaning is a service that’s been around in some capacity for thousands of years. Original dry-cleaning methods came to us by way of the Romans. They used lye, ammonia, and fuller’s earth clay to clean clothes, but as fashion progressed, so did the need for more complex cleaning methods and eco-friendly dry-cleaning services.

Today, the most common chemical in dry cleaning is one that was popularized somewhere around the 1930s: perchloroethylene or perc. Although its ability to thoroughly clean all fabrics makes it the perfect cleaning solution to some, perc isn’t eco-friendly. Now, greener dry-cleaning options exist, some of which we employ at our award-winning dry cleaners in Minneapolis and San Francisco.

For Earth Day, we at Mulberrys Garment Care thought it would be fun to showcase how we keep it green.


Toxic-Free Dry-Cleaning

You may not know it, but being an eco-friendly dry-cleaning service has been a priority to Mulberrys since our founding. In fact, we’re pioneers in green cleaning. We offer what many other cleaners only claim to, a commitment to carrying out green dry-cleaning practices.

According to the Occidental College Pollution Prevention Education and Research Center, 85 percent of America’s 35,000 dry cleaners use perc. It is classified as a volatile organic compound (VOCs) and can have harmful effects on humans, homes, water sources, and the overall environment. This fact drives our commitment to provide our customers with sustainable, eco-friendly dry-cleaning and wet cleaning services.


Environmentally Friendly Detergents

Dry cleaners have a history of using harsh chemicals like perc and siloxane (a pseudo green clean chemical) and coupling them with high amounts of heat to dry clean your clothes. This is not only bad for your health and the longevity of your garments, but it is also harmful to the environment.

With our wet and dry-cleaning services, your clothes return smelling fresh and chemical-free. Plus, you can breathe easy knowing that you aren’t contributing to the worsening environmental crisis. Here are a few benefits to our 100 toxin-free services:


Dry Cleaning

  • Our proprietary dry-cleaning methods produce the cleanest clothes, exceeding the Delta Whiteness Index.
  • The main ingredient in our non-toxic solvent is locally sourced corn.
  • Our cleaning methods are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.
  • Cleans without the use of any toxic chemicals.


Wet Cleaning

  • Uses computer-controlled machines that precisely measures and wash clothes based on need.
  • Lower cost than other cleaning methods.
  • Cleans without the use of any non-toxic chemicals.
  • Produces little wastewater


Biodegradable and Recycled Packaging

When going green with your business, don’t just stop at the products you use; look for other small ways you can contribute to the preservation of our environment. One such way we contribute further is with our packaging.

We use recycled wood hangers to store and keep your clothes looking as pristine as the day you purchased them. Our garment bags, too, are made from recycled plastics. Both details may seem small, but they reduce the number of natural resources used and the carbon emissions used to produce them.


We’re a Carbon-Neutral Business

Speaking of carbon emissions, did you know Mulberrys Garment Care is a carbon-neutral business? A way that we keep our facilities green is by offering pick-up and delivery services. This approach enables our customers to stay home, save on gas, and live a little more greenly. Instead, our trucks come to them, reducing the number of cars on the road, and as a result, conserving emissions.



Mulberrys Garment Care: Providing Eco-Friendly Dry-Cleaning Services

Sometimes finding ways to go green can be challenging, but dry-cleaning is an excellent option. We hope that you choose Mulberrys Garment Care to help sustainably maintain your clothes. We are an award-winning, full-service, eco-friendly dry-cleaning company. Our laundry list of services includes dry cleaning, clothing alterations, wedding dress preservation, laundry service, and more.

Interested in learning more about our services? Contact us today!