Tetrachloroethylene (C2Cl4) – best known as perchloroethylene – is the most commonly used solvent for dry cleaning. It is also used as a degreasing agent in textile treatment, printing and in the car and steel industries. It is used as well in consumer goods like paint solvents or to remove spots.
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PERCHLOROETHYLENE HEALTH EFFECTS
Perchloroethylene (C2Cl4) is a colorless liquid with an ether smell. It is very volatile and almost non-flammable. The IARC classified it as category 2A potential carcinogenic agent (R40). It can also cause irritation to the eyes, dizziness, nausea, headaches, memory loss and drowsiness that can lead to unconsciousness and death.
*IARC: International Agency for Research on Cancer (depends on WHO World Health Organization)