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  • 06 Aug 2017 4:28 PM | Ayana Bryant

          There are many benefits of having a green cleaning program for your cleaning company. Learning and implementing  a environmental friendly habits shows that the company took responsibility to learn the importance of green cleaning as well as having a green cleaning process that is good for the environment ,  it also shows that the company took the time to  learn how to use natural remedies for cleaning without the harmful chemicals as well as how to buy  and depose of things that will not have a strong impact in the landfills.

           Green cleaning eliminates the use of harmful chemicals that can have lasting health effects. Using green products reduces these chemicals in the air that we breath which can improve  overall health conditions like asthma.

            Going green can be cost effective also. Using natural products that we already have in the house like baking soda and lemons. We don't have to buy extra cleaning supplies! That saves us & the consumer money! 

  • 05 Aug 2017 4:44 AM | Andrew Sutherland

    Do you want well trained and certified carpet cleaning specialist to do your carpets? Well as a home owner and business owner I sure do. When it comes to finding a carpet cleaning service you should try IJCSA's Carpet Cleaning Directory.

  • 05 Aug 2017 4:31 AM | Andrew Sutherland

    The benefits of having your carpets and 

    rugs cleaned by a IJCSA member is

    peace of mind. You can have your 

    carpets cleaned by anyone but that

    Doesn't mean that they are being 

    cleaned right. Choosing a IJCSA

    Member means we as a business have

    Learned the proper training to become

    certified to correctly do the job

    Carpet cleaning removes hard

    to clean dirt, stains, and odors. It is the 

    next step of clean that vacuuming can 

    not do. It improves the look of carpets

    and most importantly the health 

    benefits of providing a clean carpet.

    Find A IJCSA Carpet Cleaning Service Here

  • 04 Aug 2017 6:46 PM | Clarisse Jackson

    Health awareness concern rises from the food we eat to the products we are using in our everyday life's, we fail to acknowledge this area when it comes to cleaning as well. From the floors to refrigerator to bathrooms. Our lives get busier and when its time to clean; the list of products and supplies becomes overwhelming, our cabinets are filled with different cleaning products for different areas of our homes.

    Here are three reasons why you should use Ecofriendly Cleaning products.

    1.  A Healthier Home:  Eco-friendly cleaning will give you the peace of mind about providing a healthy environment for you and your family, including your pets.  There is nothing better than cleaning your home, not concerned with what your skin is absorbing while doing so, nor about your children and pets being around your products, because eco-friendly products are safer an healthier option than chemicals used so prominently today.
    2. Better Air Quality: Eco-friendly products, decreases the chances of developing asthma which it has become a common chronic illness. Imagine a clean home  without contaminating the air your breath. 
    3. Inexpensive :  You already have many eco-friendly products in your pantry,  vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, even olive oil. Making them cost effective in comparison to the chemical cleaners lined up on the  isle at your local supermarket.

    As more people become aware of the harmful effects of chemicals have on our health and their abundance in our environment, all leading us to find more Eco-friendly alternatives. Next time you clean, look no further than your own cupboards and keep it Green!

    Find A IJCSA Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service Here!

  • 03 Aug 2017 9:38 AM | Yaira Orellana

    The term "green" is all the rage now.  Eat your greens, drive green, and what's important to our industry "green cleaning".  The term green cleaning is used widely in the environmentally conscious society we live in.  A question any cleaning company should ask itself is "would my company benefit from having a green cleaning program?" The answer to this question is: OF COURSE!  The next question we should ask our self is , why? Well, most cleaning products are made up of harsh chemicals which are not only bad for the environment, but for your health, and those that are subjected to be around them.  

    The next question one may ask as a cleaning professional is "what are the benefits of green cleaning?" Well, for starters, when using regular cleaning agents, these toxic chemicals are not only absorbed by our skin, but also breathed in by the person cleaning and those in that environment.  With a green solution, this will not be toxic for us and those around us.  The safer products used as green cleaning agents aren't corrosive and meet strict rules regarding toxicity combustibility and skin absorption.  Green cleaning promotes better air quality, you will not have the strong chemical odors that promotes asthma and other breathing problems.  Green cleaning is also better for your wallet.  The price of green cleaning products is less than conventional chemical-filled cleaners.  Using environmentally friendly cleaning products also reduces your risk of getting sick or causing skin burns or irritating your eyes.  So it definitely puts more money in your pocket.  All in all, you're providing a much better service for your clients and saves their health, your employees health and the environment! 

    Find A IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 01 Aug 2017 6:27 PM | Jamila Fanfair

    In recent times Green Cleaning has emerged as a globally accepted movement which employs effective cleaning that incorporates solutions which make considerations for both human and environmental health and protection. It seeks to thoroughly address these with the continuous use of green products, equipment, tools and practices. These products and practices usually avoid the use of toxic cleaning products and chemically reactive products which cause respiratory, dermatology and many other life threatening effects.

    Our company plans to embrace the continuous progression towards a greener and more resilient economy by way of the implementation of a green cleaning service program into our daily operations. The program will see the use of more green friendly, Non-Toxic products such as the Simple Green Products which we are currently using, the utilization of more homemade substitutions for cleaning chemicals which encompasses mixtures made from common household ingredients namely vinegar, salt, lemon juice etc., the increased use of recyclable and biodegradable cleaning materials as well as other basic green cleaning techniques.

    The continued implementation of a green cleaning service program will provide several benefits for our company, its employees and valued clients who we aim to provide a Reliable Quality work with guaranteed satisfaction. These benefits will range from Health - Economical – Social and from the health perspective will include added improved respiratory, dermatology and overall health for all from the use of less toxic chemicals when cleaning hence making homes and the environment much safer for us to dwell and socialize in. It will protect the environment, thereby protecting us by reducing our exposure to these deadly cleanings. Not forgetting to mention that green cleaning products also helps to eliminate odors thus making it much easier for us to breathe. The program will also provide much needed economic benefits for the company and its customers since green cleaning products helps to protect surfaces longer so our customers can save money, it will reduce the liability of our company by reducing the chances of our employees or customers becoming ill due to exposure with toxic chemical, improve the level of business productivity and so much more.

    Green Cleaning will help to protect us and our environment for generations to come. 

    Find A IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here


  • 31 Jul 2017 5:09 PM | Andrew Baynes

    As a small business owner in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina I think it is imperative to our community to offer my clients a "green" alternative to meet a growing demand from the areas client base.  We are a growing metropolis and have managed to build in parks, streams and natural areas into our sprawling city.  Once folks viewed the green movement as a fad, but as many studies of harmful additives corporations are including in their household and industrial cleaners come out, the need to go green is more real than ever.  We as an industry can help spread the benefits of a green cleaning program.

    Not every business is ready to jump on board however as my dentist explained to me during a recent visit.  He told me that in his profession there is an extreme need to have effective products and that unless a "green' alternative product can offer him a minimum of 5 years of successful testing backed by major healthcare monitoring agencies that he has no interest in them.  For him, the risks are too high and he appreciates the peace of mind that the industry standards give him.  He did state however that with those 5 years of studies and at a competitive price he would like to implement those products that give him the option of being more green.

    My business provides our largest client a chance to mix in the use of vinegar and less caustic chemicals but still keep other non green products available in the rotation for certain jobs as well.  I believe that the key to implementing my green program will be communication to my clients.  When I make a listing of chemicals I plan on using on their property I also have a separate column that lists a green alternative to that chemical when available, leaving the choice to the consumer and ultimately allowing the business owner to say they made a great choice, not only in the choice of cleaning products, but with the business that is providing them with the choice.

    In general, I am very happy to provide my accounts with a chance to be a better member of the community.  When I educate my clients as to the risks of using most over the counter cleaners vs. their natural alternatives I feel that I have leveled the playing field a bit by giving them information that they don't get in the big corporation's hyped up TV ads. 

     Find A Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 29 Jul 2017 2:00 PM | Lester Lanzar

    IJCSA  Members are knowledgeable on green cleaning and eco-friendly products. Please see link for directory of IJCSA Members.

    http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

  • 29 Jul 2017 1:48 PM | Lester Lanzar

    Dynamic Cleaning Services LLC is committed in providing quality service to our clients with our environment in mind. There are two main areas that our company is taking in consideration when it comes to protecting our environment. First,by using products that are eco-friendly and second, is by responsible disposal of waste.

    We believe that by implementing green cleaning in our company we are protecting our environment at the same time our clients health.

    Find Us & Other Green Cleaning Services Here At IJCSA

  • 27 Jul 2017 4:14 PM | Carlos Rivera

    EVERYDAY CLEANING PRODUCTS MAY DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD

    In this age of super-consumption, marketers have trained us to seek out the brands that deliver superlative benefits over the competitors…“the best a man can get”.   We purchase these products thinking we are getting the best for our money, which will better our lives in some way. Sometimes better is not best.

    The truth is many ingredients in the common household cleaning products we’ve grown to trust are harmful to our health. As consumers why would we want such products around us? The problem is, most of us aren’t aware of the hidden dangers these popular cleaning products present to our health.

    Do you know how pervasive these health threats are?

    1. Ammonia

    Found in: Polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewelry; also in glass cleaner.

    Health Risks: Because ammonia evaporates and doesn’t leave streaks, it’s another common ingredient in commercial window cleaners. That sparkle has a price. “Ammonia is a powerful irritant,” says Donna Kasuska, chemical engineer and president of ChemConscious, Inc., a risk-management consulting company. “It’s going to affect you right away. The people who will be really affected are those who have asthma, and elderly people with lung issues and breathing problems. It’s almost always inhaled. People who get a lot of ammonia exposure, like housekeepers, will often develop chronic bronchitis and asthma.” Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with bleach.

    2. 2-Butoxyethanol

    Found in: Window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners.

    Health Risks: 2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient in many window cleaners and gives them their characteristic sweet smell. It belongs in the category of “glycol ethers,” a set of powerful solvents that don’t mess around. Law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage. Although the EPA sets a standard on 2-butoxyethanol for workplace safety, Sutton warns, “If you’re cleaning at home in a confined area, like an unventilated bathroom, you can actually end up getting 2-butoxyethanol in the air at levels that are higher than workplace safety standards.”

    3. Chlorine

    Found in: Scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, household tap water.

    Health Risks: “With chlorine we have so many avenues of exposure,” says Kasuska. “You’re getting exposed through fumes and possibly through skin when you clean with it, but because it’s also in city water to get rid of bacteria, you’re also getting exposed when you take a shower or bath. The health risks from chlorine can be acute, and they can be chronic; it’s a respiratory irritant at an acute level. But the chronic effects are what people don’t realize: It may be a serious thyroid disrupter.”

    4. Phthalates

    Found in: Many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper. Because of proprietary laws, companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates on a label. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present.

    Health Risks: Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Men with higher phthalate compounds in their blood had correspondingly reduced sperm counts, according to a 2003 study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps, which is a significant problem, warns Alicia Stanton, MD, coauthor of Hormone Harmony  (Healthy Life Library, 2009). Unlike the digestive system, the skin has no safeguards against toxins. Absorbed chemicals go straight to organs.

    As concerns for health become more prevalent and people become more aware of the harsh effects cleaning chemicals are having, they're going back to basics and looking for greener ways to clean. Eco-friendly cleaners rely upon citrus-based solvents, vinegar, essential oils and natural abrasives to clean and disinfect without harmful chemicals.


    Find Your IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here


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