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  • 17 Jul 2019 10:12 PM | 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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  • 17 Jul 2019 7:04 PM | Kelly Hornback

    Here at Intec Building Services, we plan on implementing a GREEN cleaning program both for the safety and overall health of our customers, employees and the environment. Being in the janitorial business for over 35 years, experience and research has proved that cleaning chemicals are loaded with toxins and can produce harmful effects to individual’s overall health and to our environment. 

    Many common cleaning chemicals such as general purpose cleaners, Windex, oven cleaners and even simple air fresheners can cause lung and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, burning of the skin, cancers and can poison humans, animals and plants.  Said chemicals will ultimately end up in our rivers and streams causing irreversible effects on our environment.  

    Here at Intec, we strive to be a socially and environmentally friendly and responsible company, which is why we are choosing to go GREEN!

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  • 17 Jul 2019 10:45 AM | Lee Manseau

    Being green cleaning certified matters to Mainstay Cleaning Services, it shows a higher-level of understanding and caring. Being certified goes beyond earning a certification, it shows our commitment to learning long lasting values that help us meet or beat customer expectations, and shows our commitment to the safety of our workers and building occupants.

    Being green cleaning certified holds Mainstay Cleaning Services to a higher standard than non-certified cleaning companies by ensuring we only use cleaning agents that meet the standards of containing:Low allergens, being non-caustic, non-toxic, and having 100% biodegradable agents. In addition to cleaning agents, we will also rely on high performance, energy efficient cleaning equipment, micro-fiber cloths, and the use of recycled paper products.

    The largest benefit of having a Green cleaning program is to reduce everyone's exposure to toxic chemicals (EPA, 2018, February 13). By using safe and approved cleaning agents we can safely work towards controlling the spread of germs and disease by focusing on problem areas and properly applying disinfectants, we can also help improve the overall indoor air quality by reducing air-borne dust and chemical gases, and we can help to reduce asthma attacks by keeping the dust, pollen's, and chemical allergens at bay.

    Equally as important, being green certified, Mainstay Cleaning Services will be partnering with our clients in maintaining a cleaner and healthier community. Often-times our clients not only work in a certain area, but also live there as well. By using cleaning agents that are non-toxic, and 100% biodegradable we are being good stewards to the environment, thus ensuring that we leave this planet to our children in better shape than when we received it. By implementing high efficiency / green cleaning programs, overall cleaning costs can be reduced therefore increasing everyone's bottom line.

    Locate us and order your Certified Green Cleaning Service today through the IJCSA Green Cleaning

    Directory located at:

    Greening Your Purchase of Cleaning Products: A Guide For Federal Purchasers. (2018, February 13). Retrieved from:

  • 17 Jul 2019 9:25 AM | Noah Belanger

    Peckham is dedicated in providing green cleaning programs as part of our custodial program.  We are also working with many different organizations and agencies such as State and Federal agencies who are now requiring the use of Green Cleaning Programs and the use of Bio-preferred products.  They also require developing reports on practices relating to sustainability. Peckham always uses the Key Sustainable Products requested and required in Sections described in many of the of the Performance Work Statement (“PWS”).in our government contracts. 

     Additionally, and as a part of meeting these requirements in PWS, Peckham uses Green Seal Eco logo and EPA safe choice products.  Peckham’s Green Program also reviews recycled content and post-consumer recycled content when purchasing waste liners, paper towels and paper products. 

    Peckham also looks at ways to decreases the amount of items going into landfills by using microfiber products that are reusable in addition to recycling cardboard and paper whenever possible.  The health benefits of green cleaning are helping sustain and protect the future for all of us. So look to Peckham for your future needs in Green Cleaning.

  • 17 Jul 2019 7:35 AM | Katie Davenport

    Blood Borne Pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in the human body that can cause a disease in the humans. the pathogens included, but are not limited to hepatitis B which is known as the (hbv) and human immunodeficiency virus which is (hiv).

    Bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted when the blood or body form an infected person enters another person's body by needles, human bites, cuts, abrasions and through the mucous membrane such as nose and mouth. all body fluids with blood is potentially infectious.

    What I think is great about knowing what blood-borne is for is to help the safety of any staff so that if we were hurt by the many things that could happen. Staff and employees know how to protect themselves. Without this knowledge and protections staff and employees are at risk of possible death. Some of the smallest things that are normally overlooked by cleaning employees can kill them. That is why this training is so valuable. 

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  • 16 Jul 2019 5:35 PM | Melissa Espinoza

    Maid Heroes LLC offers affordable professional residential, Real Estate cleaning (move-ins and move-outs), and office cleaning service. We strive to provide a safer cleaning alternative. We are IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified which means we have gained the knowledge and understanding of harmful ingredients in everyday cleaning products. This allows for better decision making when cleaning your residential or commercial space. By formulating our own cleaning products, we know exactly what goes into them.

    I am confident our cleaning practices are a safe green cleaning alternative for your space. Our goal is to provide excellent customer service, high quality cleaning while reducing cleaning chemical exposure that can cause health problems. We implemented a Green Cleaning Program and are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by:

    • ·         Using natural self-formulated cleaning products or certified Green cleaning products
    • ·         Using biodegradable supplies whenever feasible
    • ·         Implementing a training program on Green cleaning for our staff
    • ·         Keeping our community informed on the products we use and green alternatives
    • ·         Remaining innovative

    We offer regular and deep cleaning, one time or recurring cleaning. We are reliable and punctual. Because life is already hectic enough, sit back and relax. Let our trusted experts handle your cleaning needs. if you are not satisfied, we will return to fix the issue. Give us a try. 

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  • 16 Jul 2019 3:25 PM | Andrew Makar
    Wouldn't you prefer to eliminate any toxicity or harmful chemicals in your life. Toxic chemicals negatively affect the air we all share and breathe. Well there is an easy and quick solution!
    We can improve this by eliminating harmful cleaning products and start using Green Cleaning Solutions, which will improve the indoor air and water quality of your home, office, or any other type of establishment. By doing so it will also provide a safe and healthy environment for residents, employees and visitors alike. In the same time cut down on costs, endure a better smell, and improve the environment. This will also decrease the chances of any infectious outbreaks.
    When you use environmental friendly cleaning solutions, you not only preserve your health and the environment, but you are also helping to set a new standard in the industry!

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  • 16 Jul 2019 11:28 AM | Rhonda McDonald

    SheShine Floor Care is now a certified IJSCA green cleaning company.  Our business will strive to use green cleaning products and supplies.  The supplies used will be from recyclable or biodegradable packaging.  This will reduce our carbon footprint in the world by using a hoalistic approach to cleaning.  

    In our daily preparation at SheShine Floor Care staff will be trained in green cleaning to ensure a successful environmental friendly program.  This will help to reduce sick days in employees and improve productivity.  SheShine company will only purchase natural green cleaning products and/or create own natural cleaning products from common household cleaning products[1].  These natural products will be safer for human & pets.  

    Sheshine Floor Care is an environment friendly  business. Staff will use microfiber cleaning cloths and mops in every day cleaning routines.  Microfiber can absorb oil and hold up to 7 times its weight in water.  They are not to be disregarded after one use but can be used repeated will contribute to cost saving for the business. 

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  • 16 Jul 2019 9:41 AM | Andrea S & Blake G Hurlston

    Acquiring the IJCSA Green Cleaning Certification for my company; Green Clean Home Care Services, places the seal of approval that we have met all the required international "Green" standards. 

    To us as founders and owners of this company, we do not want to be another listing in the cleaning company industry, but more importantly, to stand out, have an edge on the janitorial cleaning industry and in our market. We don't want to just say we use these products, but that we have bragging rights to do so - as we are trained and meet the "green clean" standards through a legitimate and an internationally well-known company as IJCSA. Being part of an international membership whereby there are active discussions via a knowledge-sharing forum available to gain information from experts who are engaging - this is a huge benefit particularly to our company.  

    Green Clean Home Care Services is a unique company, as we are the only company on our islands that is 100% Eco-Friendly and chemical free. We offer an array of personalised services including but not restricted to; home care services for your family, home and pets. Our staff are trained in using green products and have over 15 years of residential cleaning service experience. We go the extra mile, and take exemplary care in whatever task we undertake. Our goal is to meet and exceed our client's expectations.

    From inception, we only stocked specifically required cleaning equipment and products, and have implemented the green cleaning program as part of our policy, day-to day routine, as guided on your website. We only use  Citrus Clean product - which is a multipurpose cleaning solution made from orange peel, and is a product out of Florida, baking soda, lemon, cleaning vinegar, peroxide, dish soap, essential oils and peppermint oil soap - all natural, eco-friendly products. We are open to exploit other green products we have identified and noted by other members.

    We only use micro-fibre cleaning supplies including; micro-fibre mops, sweepers, cleaning cloths, H.E.P.A. vacuums, and steam cleaning systems. We do not use any other products other than Eco-friendly and green products - this is what we stand by. We take the name seriously and have therefore equipped ourselves and trained our staff to live by this mindset. 

    Training workshops are ongoing for our staff so they are kept current as well and are able to educate our clients, if asked why we do what we do.

    We care about our environment and will be proud to be an IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified Company! 

  • 16 Jul 2019 9:17 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

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