16 CFR Part 423: Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, FTC Project No. R511915 #00070 

Submission Number:
00070 
Commenter:
g chung
State:
California
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 423: Trade Regulation Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, FTC Project No. R511915

Dear Federal Trade Commission: Please add Wet Clean to the care label of garments as this will help clarify some confusion terms for consumers searching for a healthier lifestyle. In wanting to live a healthier, greener lifestyle, I do not wish to dry clean my clothes in a toxic solvent. At the same time it is confusing to me what garments need to be dry cleaned in a solvent and which items can be wet cleaned. I am told that many if not all garments label “Dry Clean Only” can indeed be wet cleaned. True or False? I resort to buying as many garments a possible that can be machine washed but this is not always possible. Many of the finer or designer garments have a “Dry Clean Only” care label on them. Does that mean it has to be dry cleaned in a solvent or can it be cleaned in the wet clean type of dry cleaning? As many of my local dry cleaners claim to be using the wet clean version of dry cleaning it would be helpful for me as a consumer, if you could further distinguish the different types of dry cleaning in the care label. Having avoided dry cleaning as much as possible, I would readily purchase professional garments that can be wet cleaned over garments that must be cleaned with a solvent. I and many of my friends and colleagues would like to see an updated care label that allows us the option of a safer, healthier process in which to clean our garments. Please evaluate the benefits of adding wet cleaning to the care label and thank you for your time. Sincerely, G. Chung