Toxic Cleaning Products: Why Green is the Way Forward

A major concern for many of us is the effect that cleaning products have on the environment.  The chemicals found in these cleaning products have not been tested for safety, though the effects of many are known. They may pollute streams and rivers and may take a long time to degrade into harmless products.  Not only are these products incredibly bad for the environment, some corrosive chemicals can cause severe burns on eyes, skin and, if ingested, on the throat and oesophagus. 

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The idea of green cleaning is so new that even the description of these products is controversial; while some call them chemical-free, others say eco-friendly.  Whatever the correct technical term for this cleaning solution is, we can agree that green cleaning is much better for the environment and for our health than traditional methods.

 

What makes a cleaning service green?

 

The UK Cleaning Products Industry Association (UKCPI) defines green cleaning as “cleaning in a way that is not just safe for people and safe for the environment, but that is also sustainable in the long term”.  You can tell that a cleaner is green by the use of “Green Seal Certified” products. Which are considered to be healthy for the environment.  Green Seal started up in 1989 as a way to distinguish natural and man-made chemicals.

 

Chemical free cleaning is trending.

 

Large multinational companies have made the switch in fact, 30-50% of companies in the USA use green cleaning products to clean their offices. Examples include sanitising facilities with technologies such as steam vapour systems, spray and vac systems using pressurised water to remove and loosen soils along with ozonated and electrolysed systems using electricity to turn water into a cleaning agent. The use of microfibre cloths and mops, which require only water to remove germs, grime and bacteria also make up the trend.

 

Toxic Chemicals

 

Many cleaners are based on chemicals that are harmful to consume for humans and other animals and plants in the environment.  These types of chemicals include phosphorous, which makes up 30-40 percent of dishwasher detergents, nitrogen and ammonia.  Using these chemicals in your toilets, sinks, dishwashers or other appliances, the chemicals are rinsed down the drain. 

 

Traditional cleaners have been realised to become a substantial source of air pollution, as strict controls are placed over vehicles have reduced road traffic emissions. 

You can also reduce the undesirable effects of improving indoor air quality, reducing water pollution and ambient air for building occupants, while the cleaning effect provided to remove contaminants Biological and other materials inside the building.

 

Effectiveness of Green Cleaning Products

 

Experts certify the fact that most green cleaning is as efficient and mostly more effective than traditional cleaning. Additionally, certifying organizations such as Ecolabel, Green Sticker and DfE, set performance standards for green cleaning products that must be met to be approved. The most common ingredients used in green sanitizing products are hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, and lactic acid, which are all considered being safer antimicrobials than the chemicals used in traditional cleaning products.

 

If you’d like additional professional advice with no obligation, contact Green Facilities, a UK- based cleaning company headquartered in London. We offer cleaning consultancy, cleaning audits, contracted commercial cleaning services and one-off deep cleans. We take pride in delivering tailored cleaning solutions to fit your unique needs.

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