Green Cleaning Misconceptions Debunked
Green cleaning in continuing to emerge as a common practice because it is safer and cost-effective for most commercial businesses. In addition, the chemical makeup in today’s cleaning products has consumers searching for alternative solutions.
If you search on Pinterest for “green cleaning” hundreds of cleaning tips populate the feed. This new popularity has many people asking, “Does green equal disinfected and sanitized?” We’ve gone ahead and broke it down for you with these top three “claims,” with some research and additional information courtesy of Green Cleaning Magazine.
1. Claim: Green products are safe and healthy alternative that preserve both your well-being and the environment.
This is partially true. Completely natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda don’t impose health risks. However, not all of the cleaning products that you will find on the store’s shelves are really “green.” The problem is that there is little regulation when it comes to what the term implies. This gives a certain freedom in terms of labeling. As a result, some manufactures add chemicals without disclosing them. Of course, they also use healthy ingredients but this doesn’t offset the effects. Read labels and look for ingredient lists and buy products only from companies you trust.
2. Claim: Green cleaners are as good as the traditional ones.
According to cleaning experts and Green Seal, green products can work just as well as conventional cleaners.
3. Claim: Eco-friendly solutions are good disinfectants.
This applies for only some products. Green products that contain citric acid, peroxide, and lactic acid are efficient sanitizers.
To overcome some of the myths and common misconceptions, always look for a third-party opinion, like certificates and labels. To comply with the requirements of the well-established institutions, all products should comply with green and healthy requirements (Green Cleaning Magazine). For a full breakdown of the benefits of green cleaning, check out this post.
The Service Fort utilizes a unique janitorial green cleaning program that selects products and implements procedures that are less harmful to the environment. The Service Fort can implement this program for you so your employees and coworkers can enjoy a healthier workplace.
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Green Cleaning Magazine | Green Cleaning Magazine RSS Web. 3 Aug. 2015.