Custodial Elite
Dec 31, 2017

The Benefits of Green Cleaning



By Stephen Ashkin Green

Green cleaning is catching on quickly. With the help of tools like LEED for Existing Buildings, which makes implementation easier by identifying the chemicals and other products to make green cleaning cost-effective, it is increasingly being recognized as a no-brainer strategy for facilities concentrating on environmental goals.


What makes green cleaning so important? One crucial factor is the potential harm that can be caused by traditional cleaning chemicals. Facility executives should understand the science behind cleaning, and how the chemicals in products can affect human health. That science should inform all decisions about cleaning programs. Properly selecting and using green cleaning products can help safeguard the health and safety of building occupants and the planet.


Science has made it clear that cleaning products can have an impact on building occupants. Some traditional products are known to contribute to health problems such as eye, skin and respiratory irritation as well as asthma and other allergic reactions, which can lead to occupant complaints and hurt attendance and productivity. Replacing these products with those that reduce the potential for harm has numerous advantages and is likely less costly than increasing the supply of fresh air or general ventilation rates.


Also important is the impact on cleaning personnel who have longer-term exposures at higher concentrations to chemical cleaning products. This exposure can sometimes lead to serious chronic illnesses such as cancer, and neurological or reproductive disorders.

The better facility executives understand how chemicals in cleaning products can cause harm, the better they will be able to choose cleaning strategies and products that will provide a healthy high performing building.


To minimize risks, it is important to understand how toxins can enter the body. These routes of exposure include ingestion, inhalation and dermal exposure.

People may ingest contaminants found in drinking water, foods and beverages, and from residues of cleaning products on food preparation surfaces, as well as from poorly cleaned hands.


Another route of exposure is inhalation. According to EPA, indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times, and occasionally more than 100 times, higher than outdoor levels. Levels of indoor air pollutants may be of particular concern because most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors.


Poor air quality may come from exterior sources like ozone, radon and automobile exhaust, but also from sources generated within buildings. For example, cleaners dispensed from aerosol cans, fragrances used in products that mask odors and solvents found in polishes all contain ingredients that can have a negative health impact when inhaled. As these chemicals pass from the lungs into the blood stream, they affect the nervous system and other major organs. This can result in symptoms including dizziness, respiratory distress, trigger asthma and more.


The final route of exposure is absorption through the skin. For example, 2-butoxyethanol, which is common in many traditional cleaners and degreasers (commonly called a “butyl cleaner”) , is readily absorbed through the skin and can be toxic to the reproductive system and other major body organs.



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    Dec 31, 2017

    There are many kind of cleaning products available these days. But the kind that appeals the most is the natural cleaning product better known as green cleaning product. These provide us the better cleaning as compared to the ones which are made using chemicals. So that might give us a thought of moving on to green cleaning products. One might wonder what those advantages are precisely, being talked about here or are they really good enough to be chosen over the conventional ones? The major advantage is that these are organic which means there is no sign of any harmful chemical as their component. It not only saves us from being exposed to the harmful effects of those chemicals which are highly toxic, it also protects the nature we live in and all other creatures too. Hence, this one quality of the green products makes them stand out. Nevertheless, if we look closely to seek other qualities as well, we will come to know the reasons precisely why it is helpful to our family and the environment. Let us go through few such reasons as to why they are so much better them the conventional products and give us every reason to switch: Right from the nature: As mentioned earlier, these are organic. There is nothing chemical hence are not hazardous to the nature. They get degraded and thus do not become a cause of pollution. Thus they play a great role on protecting the environment. Clean yet secure: The whole idea of cleaning is to save our families from any sort of germs and bacteria. In addition, they become a threat to our family health. They can harm people to a great extent if not used carefully. They even can cause allergies. No such issue comes up with the green products as they are organic which will never harm. Bring down the pollution: The earth is being deteriorated a lot by the huge amount of chemical being released everyday in nature. Using the commercial cleaning products only add up to that. On the contrary green products, since bio degradable, become key factor in reducing the pollution. Affordable: Since the green products are not something that needs to be created commercially, the price of these are low. These are the things which are used in home and are very basic ones. They can get the home cleaned yet add up to the value for money to a great extent. Since the natural cleaning products can be created at home only, they do not come as a burden to our expenses. They are safe to use and do not harm the environment either and give every reason to choose them. Author: Rakesh Lal Source: Free Articles from

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