Dr. Oz Investigates: How Does Dry Cleaning Actually Work?

Dr. Oz investigates how dirty your dry cleaned clothes really are with John Mahdessian and Dorinda Medley. Watch the full clip on Doctor Oz!


How Does Dry Cleaning Actually Work?

John Mahdessian explains the proper process of dry cleaning, and Dr. Oz questions if you can trust all dry cleaners. Then, Mahdessian breaks down the three different types of stains.

JM- John Mahdessian, DM- Dorinda Medley, Dr. Oz

JM: So… like persp…

DM: That’s unique to you.

JM: Yeah.

DM:  You do that, you spot clean.

JM: You know. You wanna like, any type of stains, perspiration, red wine you wanna eradicate them before the cleaning process. Then you wanna have them cleaned, it’s cleaned usually in a solvent- perchloroethylene, and/or there’s other type of organic solvents and/or wet cleaning

Dr. Oz: So, actually, even though it’s called “dry cleaning” it gets wet.

JM: So basically, it’s a dry… yeah. Dry cleaning is a dry-side solvent that’s not a water. And then it goes through a cleaning process with a detergent and then it dries in the same cycle.

DM: Interesting.

Dr. Oz: Yeah. So after all that, there’s a lot of scrubbing going on here. It looks like this when you get it back.

JM: Right. So then here it is back. It always comes back in a plastic. We always use a garment cover. You’re always supposed to remove the plastic and let it aerate. It’s always good to have a garment cover but definitely no plastic.

Dr. Oz: Come stand next to me over here…

John Mahdessian and Dorinda Medley on the Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Oz investigates how dirty your dry cleaned clothes really are with John Mahdessian and Dorinda Medley. Watch the full clip on Doctor Oz!