Green house cleaning promotes health, safety and social consciousness. Green products and techniques focus on improving indoor air quality, recycling, and minimizing the use of raw materials and toxic products that require disposal. Green cleaning can help decrease air pollution, water pollution, ozone depletion and global climate change.
Residential green cleaning reduces potential allergens and toxic cleaning products that have been linked to childhood wheezing. Wheezing is a primary symptom of asthma in children. Asthma affects 6.5 million children in the U.S., a rate of 97.2 per 1000 (American Lung Association, 2007). Asthma triggers include tobacco smoke, animal dander, paint fumes and other odors, duct mites, cockroaches, molds, and pollens. Green cleaning can greatly reduce many of these triggers in the home.
Green cleaning does not use chemical irritants such as bleach, carpet cleaners, aerosols, air fresheners, or ammonia. These chemicals irritate the bronchial passageways of children, pets and adults with respiratory conditions. Green cleaning products include common kitchen ingredients – water, white vinegar, baking soda and castile soap – and are safe to use on household surfaces. These ingredients are safe to use in the home and would not harm an individual if ingested – though the castile soap would not taste good!
Commercial green cleaning increases workplace safety, health, productivity, and return on investment (ROI) of facilities. The cleaning solutions used by Green Cleanare Green Seal certified and are equally effective as cleaning agents as tradition cleaning solutions. Green cleaning practices do not expose workers to harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fluorocarbons that decrease indoor air quality (IAQ). Green cleaning can help reduce the costs to building management including costs associated with sick leave, health care, and productivity loss. Green Cleanuses energy-efficient equipment and focuses on preventative maintenance to reduce expenses.
A further advantage to commercial green cleaning is the enhancement of the organization’s reputation and brand equity because being socially conscious has become a desirable business trait. Green cleaning with Green Clean can earn LEED credits. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a series of building ratings developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide a standard for what constitutes a “green building” or “high performance” building. There is an effort underway to develop LEED for homes.
There are many reasons for cleaning green today. Idaho and the Boise area are known for their natural beauty and deserve to be protected for the enjoyment of generations to come.