Green Up Your Clean Up! by Jessica Hodges
Guest blogger Maria of Arizona’s E & M House Cleaning Services offers our Shoplet blog readers some useful insights to the benefits of cleaning green!
What are the advantages of green cleaning?
Green cleaning creates healthier surroundings in the home, work place and our planet. Green cleaning helps improve indoor air quality and reduce health problems that non-green products may cause. Green cleaning means fewer incidents with people suffering from allergic irritations, asthma or sensitivities indoors.
Many of our clients who have babies and small children tell us that green cleaning gives them peace of mind, since all of the surfaces that their children and babies touch and put in their mouths are cleaned with non toxic products.
Businesses that insist on green cleaning benefit as well, because healthier employees mean happier employees. Statistics show an increase in worker satisfaction, productivity, efficiency, and an improvement in employee morale in workplaces that are maintained using green cleaning products regularly.
Green cleaning products are environmentally friendly. Using them along with a green cleaning program, helps reduce air and water pollution, as well as ozone depletion and global climate change. Recycling also helps reduce the depletion of raw materials.
Why is it safer to clean with green products than it is to clean with regular products?
Green cleaning products are safer because they are non-toxic and biodegradable. Regular products contain harmful chemicals that react with the earth’s ozone layer, creating toxins like formaldehyde. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the inside of homes contain around two to five times as many of common chemical pollutants than areas outside of homes.
Most people spend around 90 percent of their time inside, either at home, or at work, which means that people are often exposed to the chemicals released by the cleaning products being used. Indoor pollutants can cause headaches, flu-like symptoms, allergies and many other health issues. Because they are non-toxic, green products are just better for everyone’s health. Using green cleaning products is also better for the environment, because they are biodegradable and won’t pollute the environment.
What are your go-to cleaning products?
-Green Works Natural All-Purpose Cleaner- it is great in different areas of the
home and workplace.
-Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner- it is great on tougher jobs like cleaning the
grill and concrete floors.
-Planet Ultra Dish Washing Liquid- it zaps dried-on grease and food particles easily.
-Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner
-Arm & Hammer, Essentials 2X Concentrated Detergent- It is very effective at
washing in cold water. It removes stains from ink, mascara, wine, gravy, grape
juice and many others.
What tips can you offer to families who wish to keep a green home?
-Use green biodegradable cleaning products around your home. Ask your cleaning service to only use green cleaning products.
-Use washable, reusable microfiber cloths instead of paper towels to clean. When cleaning, you can save cleaner by spraying it on the cloth, instead of the surface.
-Recycle, even used plastic bags and Ziploc sandwich bags.
-Turn down the thermostat in cold weather and keep it higher in warm weather. Each degree below 68°F (20°C) during colder weather saves 3%-5% more heating energy, and keeping your thermostat at 78°F in warmer weather will save you both energy and money.
-Use a broom instead of the garden hose to clean your driveway. It can save 80 gallons of water.
-Turn the water off when you brush your teeth! It can save 4.5 gallons each time.
-Use energy efficient lights around your home. Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer.
-Say no to “paper or plastic” at the grocery store. Carry your own cloth bags when shopping to avoid using store bags.
-Whenever possible, use cold settings on your washer.
Does cleaning with green products help boost your business morale?
Yes, at E & M Cleaning Services we are happy to use green products because we know that we are contributing to better the health of our clients. Also, we at E & M stay healthier by using green products. We enjoy helping maintain our planet for a cleaner and safer future generation!