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  • 13 Aug 2018 7:17 AM | Carlos Rodriguez

    When you are a green cleaning service, it is an extra point for your company in view of the consumers, since you are supporting the perseverance of nature and health care.

    In the same way it is important for the employees of your company since you show that you are constantly looking for the health & welfare of them so that they work in the best conditions.

    The use of green products helps us in many ways that is why our company recommends 100% use of these products as much as possible.

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  • 12 Aug 2018 10:47 PM | Masseino Anderson

    Implementing a green cleaning program into our business will  definitely  give us an advantage against competitors and also show our customers we care about their health and well-being. They will know we understand the value of green cleaning. 

    Being certified also says to customers we are responsible and are taking action to protect the environment for future generation by doing what we can, even the small things to preserve nature.

    We must continue in our efforts to protect the planet which we given charge over, also helping to minimize the illnesses and allergic reaction caused from the use of the chemicals we encounter on a daily in our cleaning tasks.

    Through the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association cleaning professionals have access to industry leading practices and training and standards that set their members apart. You can find a local Green Clean Certified Specialist near you today. http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services 



  • 12 Aug 2018 10:27 PM | Masseino Anderson
    Want peace of mind that your home is free of toxic chemicals?

    Your loved ones can breathe and play without fear.

    We use a trusted system  and green cleaning products that are safe for both the environment and your loved ones.

    You get the same great clean, without all the harmful chemicals. Find your Green Cleaning Service Today!

    Find Your Green Cleaning Service Here! 


  • 12 Aug 2018 10:17 PM | Masseino Anderson

    As more and more people become health conscious and environmentally friendly, it is becoming increasingly important for companies to offer solutions that appeal to clients and also protect the environment and its surroundings.

    I plan to implement green cleaning into my business by offering customers the option of having environmentally safe products used in their home or business.  I believe this will give customers a greater peace of mind and also shows that we care about their health and safety and also the environment.


  • 11 Aug 2018 9:39 AM | Gurinder Gill

    The harmful effects of everyday cleaning products originate in the ingredients utilized to manufacture the products. The impacts the products have on organisms such as animals and humans. The lack of safety protocols provided when purchasing the products. The dangerous bi-products of inappropriately mixing products. 

    Many cleaning products contain phthalates which produce fragrances. Phthalates have been demonstrated in peer-reviewed research as weak endocrine disruptors. There are multiple exposure routes the main being inhalation and dermal. The main impact of phthalate exposure is reduced male fertility. However, there could be larger environmental impacts due to these products being excreted, not treated in waste management plants, and reaching aquatic life in the receiving environment. A greener choice would be to choose fragrance-free products. 

    Antibacterial agents now commonly found in cleaning products can often become a long-term issue. The concern of our time is the formation of resistant bacteria multiplying in sensitive environments such as healthcare facilities. There are now common strains in such facilities due to the extensive use of antibacterial agents in both cleaning and consumable products. Once resistant strains multiply they can infect immune-compromised individuals and cause resistant infections, to which we have to treatment besides trying multiple antibiotics until we hopefully find one that works, which sometimes is not the case. A better alternative would be to use physical methods along with diluted vinegar solution to eliminate harmful microbes. High temperatures and friction are often adequate methods and a green approach to reducing harmful bacteria from surfaces.

    Ammonia is most dangerous to immediately exposed individuals such as those responsible for cleaning and those present during the cleaning. It is a volatile highly irritating substance. Ammonia will vaporize and be readily inhaled which will irritate the mucous membranes and could cause irreversible damage with long-term exposure. It is also very fast acting in terms of causing irritation, there is not much of an opportunity to rinse an exposure area and avoid damage. There are multiple green alternatives to ammonia including green stain removers and polishes which are the main uses for ammonia. 

    Sodium hypochlorite or bleach is dangerous if it directly comes into contact with the skin or mucous membranes. It can cause chemical burns and irritation very quickly. However, the main concern is if it is mixed with an acidic substance creating chlorine gas. Chlorine gas if inhaled will cause extreme pain and irreversible lung damage. The effects could easily be life-altering and fatal. With many cleaning products containing acidic substances, this could easily happen and has happened in the past. Bleach was often used as a primary disinfectant, however, there are now many safer greener disinfectant alternatives, a simple one being vinegar.

    Phosphates are not directly harmful per say to the human population and will not cause specific issues in building occupants. Phosphates used in detergents and dishwashing products go directly into the aquatic environment. They are not commonly removed through wastewater treatment. They provide a limiting nutrient to algae in the impact water bodies causing algal blooms to grow exponentially year after year. Blooms can then produce toxins which are concentrated by organisms such as oysters and mussels. If humans or animals higher on the food chain consume these contaminated products they can suffer from one of many types of poisoning depending on the specific toxin produced. One of which is paralytic shellfish poisoning, if not treated in time will result in death. It is in our best interest to eliminate the use of phosphate containing detergents, as the foaming aspect does not contribute to the actual efficacy of the product. A green alternative would be phosphate free personal care products, clothing detergent, and dishwashing detergents, all of which are readily available.

    Overall, a green approach is not difficult to implement and is in our best interest as service providers. 

    Find Your Certified IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 10 Aug 2018 6:17 PM | umalee janousek

    When walking into a hospital early in the morning people get a nose full of a strong bleach smell. First thing that comes to mind is going to be, they just cleaned this area. Making people feel like they are in a clean environment, but what they don't know is that there are bad side affects. People can start to feel sick, like  headache, vomiting and maybe even getting skin burns. Some people working with bleach might not know that bleach can't be mix with other cleaning products. It is also bad for people who have pets. Animals walk and roll around the house and then lick themselves clean and getting that cleaning product in their mouth. 

    Using products that have a fragrance most people like to use, because it makes the air smell fresh. People can choose their favorite smell and it comes in all shapes and sizes. The company's that make the items don't have to label that there is phthalates in their product. Phthalates is a group of chemicals used to make plastic more flexible. It is harmful males and their reproductive system. This substance is also found in other item, so make sure to read labels before buying the product.

    When cleaning windows the big thing people think about is if there are streaks left on the windows. When buying a window cleaning product  most of them guarantee no streaks will be left be hide. How can this product do that with an ingredient called ammonia. Ammonia evaporates, so it doesn't leave any marks. People that are the most affected by this product are the elderly, people with asthma, and workers using this product everyday. They will end up getting bronchitis as a result. Need a place to go for safe window cleaning go to http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services.

    Almost everyone one likes an all in one cleaning product or an all purpose cleaner. It helps save money and help minimize the product amount. When a company choose to use an all green clean product they can find items like these to buy. It helps the workers, so they don't have to carry around so many different cleaning products. They also don't have to worry if it is going to be harmful for other surfaces.

    When cleaning a bathroom that gets a lot of traffic going through it people want it to be very clean. One item would be the toilet, using heavy duty sanitizing cleaner is the go to product. What is going to supersize people is that using a green clean product that uses a plant extract has the same affect as the heavy duty chemical cleaner. If that doesn't make your mouth drop it also have a fresh smell and it lost for a long time. It also leave the toilet sparkling clean.

    One of my favor items to use are cleaning wipes. Most of the cleaning wipe you find in the healthcare setting is going to be bleach wipes and bacteria wipes. Now if you have never used them they are every hard on bare skin. If someone touches the surface after it has been wipe down by one of these products they end up getting white spots that burn in that location. When using an all natural product people don't have to worry about getting skin burns. It is also safe for using in a home setting with or without kids.

    Find A IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here


  • 10 Aug 2018 10:51 AM | Kiante Evans

    Green Cleaning represents a step toward a healthier life for our families and kids! Green cleaning means green bucks for businesses and better air for our communities. Find Your Green Cleaning Service Here! 

  • 10 Aug 2018 6:52 AM | Travis Miller

    You would think that the cleaning products that are easily sold in your local grocery store are safe but you may be wrong. Studies have shown that chemicals found in common household cleaners and cosmetics contribute to diseases. Not only have these chemicals shown to be a burden of disease but also economic and environment cost. 

    A study in 2010 shows that endocrine-disrupting chemicals have lowered IQ points and intellectual disability. These chemicals have also been linked to obesity, autism, heart disease and reproductive toxicity, let alone the effects it has on your skin. A lot of these chemicals are meant to break down grease and grime and are very abrasive. 

    Fragrances added to many cleaners, most notably laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren't required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing "fragrance."

    We can protect the environment by not using petroleum-based products, which contribute to the depletion of non-renewable resources. Phosphates is another famous water pollutant and are commonly found in laundry and dishwasher detergents. Too much of these chemicals can make our water very toxic to both humans and wildlife.

    Green cleaning products are not only safe for your household and environment they are also cheaper. One of the common misconceptions is that natural, green products are more expensive but in the long term they actually save you money. Natural cleaning products include vinegar, lemon, borax, castile soap and baking soda. These ingredients have never been marked as harmful and are most likely in your cabinets now. 

    So instead of waiting for these chemicals to become illegal, make the switch now. When looking for green products to use, choose products with plant-based, instead of petroleum-based ingredients. Another good sign to look out for is the "keep out of reach of children" label and other tell-tale hazard warnings. 

    Health Problems from Common Chemicals Cost $340 Billion Per Year: Study

    Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the USA: a population-based disease burden and cost analysis

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  • 09 Aug 2018 9:59 AM | Lucia Miringu
    Cleaning your carpet is an essential way of maintaining clean air in your home. Carpets are part of our homes and are often not properly cleaned. They contain harmful allergens that can become problematic and life threatening when breathed by children and pets. Having your carpets cleaned regularly can become an economical way to preserve and maintain your flooring investment.

    One way to effectively clean your carpets is using a carpet extractor. Now I know that having a carpet extractor is not exactly high on your things to purchase and with that being said there’s a large list of certified well trained carpet cleaning companies in most areas. Here at the IJCSA you can find a qualified company to help clean and protect your home and carpet. Cleaning your carpet regularly helps with air quality, releases trapped airborne pollutants that are infiltrated into your home carpet. Having your carpet professionally clean helps prevent and eliminate spots and stains. find a professional carpet cleaning company here: http://www.ijcsa.org/Carpet-Cleaning-Directory

  • 08 Aug 2018 12:40 PM | Amy Zalkin

    This is an incredible age we are in! Rapid technological replication and medical advances at the microscopic level to name a few, have given way to many new and exciting devices and products. This also includes the need for cutting-edge cleaning products and practices within our living and work spaces. Unified: cleaning organizations and their accrediting bodies must uphold a high industry standard. 

    To meet this ongoing need: organizations like the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association ( ijcsa.org ) offer green cleaning certification for the budding cleaning professional as well as a growing community of companies the public can network from.  Proven Green Cleaning practices are the most effective and best cleaning approach for all consumers.

    Here's why: Harsh toxic chemicals only "kill" a small amount of pathogens, in fact, they cause more harm to humans and the environment and thus outweigh any benefit. Better cleaning options are available for those seeking LESS chemical exposure while still getting excellent results. This is achieved ONLY through green cleaning best practices.

    Some things to look for when deciding on a Green Cleaning Company: cleaning companies and their support staff not just cleaning for appearance. Rather, by using pure, concentrated botanical products, microfiber cloths, sealed Hepa vacuums, and steamers, living and work spaces are cleaned chemical-free. Maintained surfaces are then deep cleaned and sanitized better.

    For all these reasons, green cleaning is a very effective and safe practice when used in the correct manner. For more information on locating a green cleaning service visit http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services.



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