What is perchloroethylene or “perc”?Perchloroethylene or “Perc” is a colorless, noncombustible, volatile organic compound (VOC) typically found in liquid form  . The compound turns into vapors at room temperature .
What is perchloroethylene in?Typewriter correction fluid, spot removers, shoe polish, and wood cleaner often contain Perc . It is used prolifically in dry cleaning and as a solvent in metalworking factories as well as the automotive industry . Perc is also a common groundwater and soil contaminant . Most human contact occurs via bagged dry-cleaning items that are unwrapped in the home, releasing unhealthy amounts of the chemical into indoor air .
How to tell if a product has perchloroethylenePerchloroethylene is also known sometimes listed as “Perc”, tetrachloroethylene, or tetrachlorethylene .
Risks associated with perchloroethyleneEven a minor exposure to perchloroethylene can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, respiratory system along with a variety of other unpleasant symptoms including nausea, flushing, dizziness, and headache  . Over time, this chemical has been shown to cause more serious health issues including:
- Organ system toxicity
- Cardiac issues
- Kidney problems
- Reproductive toxicity