The Environmental Impact of Using Green Cleaning
We use cleansing agents throughout our offices and businesses. Unfortunately, some industrial chemicals are a bit too harmful to use for some areas of the office; their toxic ingredients can wreak havoc on physical and environmental health. Below is some information about harmful cleaning agents and our suggestions for good cleaning agents.
Common poisons found in cleaning agents:
- Fragranced products like air fresheners and dish soaps include these endocrine disruptors. Proprietary laws don’t require companies to disclose the ingredients in their fragrances, so many people are exposed to phthalates without even knowing it.
- Carpet and upholstery cleaners and dry cleaning solutions usually contain this neurotoxin. It can result in dizziness and poor coordination and is also considered a carcinogen.
- Detergents and soaps labeled as antibacterial usually contain triclosan. This pesticide promotes the growth of drug-resistant bacteria and kills algae. The FDA banned the use of triclosan in consumer products.
- 2-Butoxyethanol. This ingredient is found in many window and multipurpose cleaners. It gives the cleaners a sweet smell. Excessive exposure can cause narcosis, kidney and liver damage, and pulmonary edema.
Locating a Green Cleaning Agent
Fortunately, there are plenty of eco-friendly options to ensure a proper clean without harming your employees health or the environment. Many cleaning companies are transitioning to more green cleaning agents and methods. Ensure the team that you hire uses safe products.
Some cleaning businesses are certified in green techniques and products. Look for special credentials, like the Green Seal Standard for Residential Cleaning Services GS-49, to ensure eco-friendly practices. Owners and employees of cleaning businesses must undergo annual training to maintain the accreditation.
Call ahead of time to find out what chemicals the company uses when performing cleaning services. Do a quick check of ingredients to ensure nothing harmful is used in your home or office. Consider companies that use enzyme-based cleaners, which are effective and all-natural. A bit of research and pre-planning can help guarantee a clean and safe environment.