Reasons to stick to green cleaning methods
27 March 2015
It wasn’t that long ago that people kept sticking to the same old tried and tested cleaning supplies and chemicals that have been used for years during office and business cleaning. We used them for cleaning floors, toilets, carpets, upholstery and more, but despite their effectiveness some can be fairly dangerous if we don’t pay attention to their negative impact.
Many of these products today can be easily replaced by more eco-friendly alternatives that get the job done just as well, but don’t have the side effects of their predecessors. There are many reasons why you would want to keep those away from your office environment or business, starting with the following examples:
- Chemicals used in products may be hazardous to your health
When you happen to use cleaning products sold commercially, you may end up inhaling their fumes that could be a health hazard you’re not even aware of. The main suspects here remain the time-honored ammonia and bleach, which are pretty unpleasant on their own, but become potentially lethal when combined due to the subsequent chemical reaction. You need to be aware of the properties of such chemicals and what they have to offer in terms of toxicity, so you can avoid them as much as possible in your future cleaning projects, regardless of what they may be.
- Sodium Hydroxide, Ammonia and other suspects
If you were working with a good number of older cleaning products, then you are likely already aware of the loyalty some people feel toward brand name products. We really do need to ask ourselves the question about what they really contain and what we can do to mitigate it and see what other alternatives we can use to make it all work out in the long run. There are some substances we would do well to avoid at all costs, such as chlorine, triclosan, 2-Butoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide, ammonia and so forth, as they can not only trigger allergies, but they can also become a potential health hazard.
- Keeping ground water safe
A lot of the chemicals we use in cleaning have long-lasting ecological effects on the environment and its groundwater supplies, especially petroleum, ammonia, phosphorus and alkylphenol ethoxylates as well. Every time we use such dangerous chemicals to do a task and we wash them down the drain, they will return to haunt us further down the line, slowly poisoning the area and wildlife around in it. Avoiding this at all costs is something we not only owe to nature, but to ourselves as well in the end.
- Keeping allergies away
A lot of the harsher chemical cleaners used on the market today can easily become asthma triggers, as well as creating an allergic reaction in more sensitive people. You can do your best to mitigate that effect by ensuring you don’t use any level of toxic cleaners around your business, keeping your employees safe and sound.