Reasons to Make the Switch to Green Cleaning
There has never been a larger emphasis on cleanliness than there is today. From the spread of diseases to food bacteria, the daunting reality of germs is everywhere. However, what we may have overlooked in our war on germsis the reality that although these chemicals do a good job at killing germs, they may also be causing us more long-term harm than short-term good. As green cleaning experts as well as providers of Austin commercial cleaning services, ServiceMaster Facility Maintenance Services has some great tips on making the switch to green cleaning.
Most of us have felt the sting in our eyes and burning in our throats right after spraying down our shower with a bleach-based mildew spray, so it should be no surprise that these types of cleaners can be hazardous to long-term health. What you may not know is that some of the products we use everyday don’t just contain bleach, but a variety of other harmful chemicals that aren’t listed on the bottles. Shockingly, there is no law that forces these manufacturers to list every ingredient in their cleaning products.
Butyl cellosolve, potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide, and a plethora of other hard-to-pronounce chemicals show up in products like window cleaners, certain all-purpose cleaners, and abrasive powder cleansers respectively. Some of these chemicals have even been linked to increased cancer risk and can pollute indoor air quality. This should be enough to make the switch to green cleaning solutions, but many common household cleaners also have negative effects on the environment with their plastic bottles ending up in landfills, and as you may imagine the residual chemicals that can make their way into water supplies.
Thankfully, there are a variety of green cleaning solutions made from natural, less-harsh chemicals available at your local retailers as well as a number of online resources that can teach you how to use everyday household ingredients to make your own non-toxic cleaning kits. If you have no choice but to use traditional cleaning products, make sure to crack a window and create good ventilation to reduce the amount of indoor air pollution. Better yet, leave your green cleaning needs to an Austin commercial cleaning service provider like ServiceMaster Facility Maintenance Services.