Green cleaning can mean a lot of things. The definition we like is that the main goal of green cleaning is to keep both us and our environment healthy!
This can involve cleaning products that contain biodegradable ingredients, less pollutants and no synthetic fragrances. Some green cleaning products will also use recyclable packaging and be marked as fair trade.
Green cleaning also includes a focus on efficient cleaning practices. This can be things like using proper equipment to reduce waste along with regularly maintaining that equipment. Proper equipment can be things like a high quality vacuum, using microfiber cloths, quality reusable dusters and mop heads.
Preventable measures are also involved such as putting a mat at the front door that traps debris before it comes inside or by regularly cleaning high traffic areas to stop the spread of dirt and germs.
Benefits of Green Cleaning
Reduction of Allergens: Certain smells or chemicals can trigger both asthma and allergies in sensitive individuals. (Read our post on reducing allergens in your home!)
Better for the environment: The use of reusable cleaning equipment, biodegradable cleaners and recyclable packaging means less impact on our planet.
Safer Products: Green cleaning products are usually less toxic and dangerous for the person using them. This means less chance for accidents with potentially dangerous chemicals.
How do you know if a product is green?
Finding green cleaning products can be a challenge in our consumer driven world. So many products are marked ‘eco friendly’ or ‘natural’ when they actually aren’t. You also have to pay attention to the ingredients so you know that the product, although environmentally friendly actually works to clean your home and kill germs.
There are certain green certifications that we can trust. These are Green Seal, Ecologo and Safer Choice. For products that don’t have a certification there are some online resources we can use! One is the Environmental Working Groups Guide to Healthy Cleaning.
Green Cleaning in the Office
Eco-friendly cleaning is not just good for the environment, using these green cleaners keeps the air in your office less toxic. This can result in a more productive, healthy workforce as well as clearer air for customers and anyone else visiting your workplace.
Are you concerned about the chemicals in some cleaning products? Ask about our high-quality products that are safe for your family and the environment. Fresh Cleaning Service offers green cleaning services in both Alberta and Ontario. You can request a free estimate or give us a call at 1-833-373-7499