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  • 24 Mar 2019 8:23 AM | Thomas Wilkinson

    While some states are passing laws on green cleaning products, cleaning companies are going to be faced with the fact that they can go green like these companies or eventually go out of business for not keeping with the times. As the “green clean” trend grows in demand its origins are clear and easy to grasp. In an article I read this quote: ““We should no longer be limited to repairing damage after it has been done; nor should we continue to allow the entire environment to be used as a laboratory.” – Council on Environmental Quality report published in 1971” really struck me. 

    We have known cleaning chemicals have been linked to cancer, death, water supply and ground poisoning and yet we still use them today. There are plenty of great eco-friendly products and green cleaning companies to choose from. There was a time when chemists would come up with a great solution for cleaning a product and everyone would clamber for it only to discover years down the road that it has a long-lasting detrimental effect on biological life and the environment.

    Besides all the known side effects like cancer, sterility, caustic burns take a look at this search result for study+ lungs + cleaning + agents  The evidence is out there educate yourselves on the products you/your company uses the results may just change your mind.

    Cleaning products with warning labels should be an indication to all that there is something horribly dangerous with the product, do your research on what the harmful ingredient is and then see if there isn’t an equivalent product that has no warning labels, and instead has a green cleaning solution certification sticker.  Knowledge does not have to be a factor anymore, we know, we have learned from those past mistakes and now need to practice what we learned.

    Our environment is precious to all of us and if we do not stop polluting it what will be left for our future generations. We cannot keep polluting our ground water and soil with these harmful agents at the rate we have been, or we will lose resources. We need to stop introducing harmful chemicals into our living and working spaces. To stop the effects of leaching of chemicals or the harm it can cause another human being or yourself, action has to start with each and everyone of us.

    As a cleaning company, by going green, you know that your employees are safe, the clients are safe, and you have done everything you can to reduce the chemical foot print we leave behind if we all did our part then this world we live in will be a much safer place.  Did your chemicals cost you a bit more? Could have, but boy is it worth it.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here

  • 23 Mar 2019 11:58 AM | John Nelson

    The importance of choosing a green cleaning service over a traditional cleaning company can not be overstated. There are benefits to the health of customers, employees, and the environment when compared to the potentially harmful chemicals contained in legacy cleaners. 

    You might be surprised to find that green cleaning doesn't refer to just the chemicals used in your kitchen and bathroom. There are green options to consider in nearly every facet of cleaning. There are many great green cleaning services which work on commercial properties, such as First Up Cleaning Services, LLC, located in Uniondale, New York. There are even green air duct cleaners, like Lily's Cleaning Service, LLC in Fort Pierce, Florida.

    Many more green cleaners can be found through the IJCSA's Green Cleaning Services Directory. Searches can be filtered by geographical area and by what fields of green cleaning that the service specializes in. For every cleaning need you have, consider going green with a certified green cleaning service. 

  • 23 Mar 2019 8:33 AM | Katie Davenport

    As a supervisor for a cleaning company I believe its important for staff to be properly trained in bloodborne pathogens to help protect them from becoming infected. Training's offer facts and information so everyone is aware of the risk of being exposed and how to properly handle it if they are. 

    It is important to know what steps to take to keep yourself safe by wearing PPE . Knowing how to properly clean up bodily fluids so not to spread them further is important to keep contamination to a minimal. Proper disposal of used items is also key in keeping bloodborne pathogens from being exposed to others. 

    All Cleaning Employees Require & Deserve Bloodborne Pathogen Training 

  • 22 Mar 2019 6:53 PM | David Han

    The purpose of the Health and Safety policies and procedures is to guide and direct all employees to work safely and prevent injury, to themselves and others. All employees should be encouraged to participate in developing, implementing, and enforcing Health and Safety policies and procedures. 

    The safety and well-being of our employees is our number one priority. Our employees represent us and are the face of our companies. We strive to ensure that our teams have a safe and clean environment in which to work.

    Awareness and education followed by safe operating policies, guidelines, and procedures can ensure that all of us stay safe at work. Following basic safety principles keep us all safe and ensure that we can all work together to ensure our safety and health is not compromised at work.

    Bloodborne pathogens are an ever-present risk. Risk management best practices and risk treatment methodologies guide us to minimize risks by taking precautions to limit our exposure to known risks.

    Bloodborne pathogens are infectious diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) that may be present in blood, vomit, or saliva. Blood, vomit, and saliva can transmit infectious diseases. Bloodborne pathogens most commonly enter the human body through the mucus membrane or skin breaks such as cuts or sores.

    By educating and informing employees about the risk and dangers associated with bloodborne pathogens, we increase awareness with the goal of maintaining a safe working environment.

    Find Professional Certified Cleaning Firms Here

  • 22 Mar 2019 2:15 PM | Kyle Hunter

    Green Cleaning defined means the use of products and methods that are environmentally friendly. Implementing a green cleaning program into your business can show positive results both in the short term and long. Speaking from personal experience, employees at offices I hold contract with have approached me and informed me they have noticed a change in the quality of air, that there is no longer that chemical musk lingering about. 

    Green cleaning products use naturally derived ingredients and scents that are both non-toxic and without harsh chemicals to breath in. In the short term, providing offices with pleasant aromas and eliminate the health issues that can result due to long term exposure of these chemicals.

    Find Certified Green Cleaning Services Here 

  • 21 Mar 2019 7:05 PM | 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:

  • 21 Mar 2019 11:43 AM | Rosana Constantino

    In today's world, we are constantly surrounded by toxic contaminants. The most dangerous are known as Volatile Organic Compounds and Persistent Organic Pollutants. The EPA reports that VOCs are emitted by a wide range of consumer and industrial products, among them, everyday cleaning products.

    These everyday cleaners are meant to facilitate our lives, but are, in fact, harming us. Unfortunately, we the consumers are the reason they are being manufactured. Organic chemicals are inexpensive to produce and are very effective, something very appealing to the mass production process.

    Please note that VOCs are not ingredients themselves, rather, they are gases that are constantly being released from organic chemicals used in the manufacturing process. EPA studies indicate that people who clean using products containing organic chemicals can expose themselves and others to high pollutant levels. Even after you're done cleaning, elevated concentrations can persist in the air for hours.

    The novelty of POPs is that they are highly stable organic compounds often used as disinfectants. POPs are a real problem because they persist in the environment, accumulate in human and animal fatty tissues, and are toxic to most forms of life.

    Most everyday cleaning products contain POPs as their main ingredient and are found in household insecticides and moth repellants. According to the EPA, nearly every person on earth can be shown to have detectable levels of POPs.

    There are also variants such as Persistent, Bio-accumulative, and Toxic pollutants that pose a risk to humans and wildlife ecosystems that make them horribly destructive to our planet and our health.

    Overexposure to VOCs can cause adverse health conditions such as coughing, fever, muscle aches, and allergies. High levels of VOCs and POPs have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, and even death. The use of products that emit VOCs and POPs is also at least in part responsible for many conditions such as Sick Building Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Asthma.

    Why then are they still being manufactured and sold to the public? The truth is that there are few regulations of these chemicals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only tests prescription drugs and consumable products. The EPA only investigates after there have been many complaints reported. Basically, if a product ever gets to a point where it warrants an investigation, it's likely too late. Interestingly enough, the EPA already lists most VOCs and POPs as Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS), but unfortunately, chemical production continues largely unregulated.

    To protect ourselves, we need to reduce or eliminate our exposure to these substances. Some of the most toxic are found in everyday products like all-purpose cleaners, oven cleaners, and fabric softeners.

    These environmental poisons need to be replaced with non-toxic and environmentally safe counterparts, if not by the government, then by each and every one of us. For daily cleaning, baking soda and vinegar are wonderful natural alternatives that do a great job keeping things clean.

    For an ongoing green solution, you can seek out a green cleaning service provider at 


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  • 20 Mar 2019 6:25 PM | FARRALEE OUELLETTE

    We as consumers expect one thing when we buy commercial cleaning products, we expect them to clean.  Some people prefer a wide array of scents, soaps, detergents, bleaching agents, softeners and other cleaning products.  Personal health has been proven to be at risk when using toxic cleaning chemicals.  Not only are they toxic to the touch, but they are toxic if ingested, toxic if inhaled or swallowed, add to indoor air pollution.    A study showed that in the year 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control.  Of the 206,636 calls, 120,434 exposures involved children under six years of age.

    Health hazards vary depending on the type of cleaning ingredients.  Some cause minor hazards where as others cause major ranging from skin irritation to chemical burns.  Others go as far as to cause cancer.  The most acutely dangerous products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic bowl cleaners. Mixing chemicals that contain chlorine and ammonia or ammonia and lye produce chloramine gases.  Mixing chlorine with acids creates toxic chlorine gas.

    Looking for safer solutions can mean making your own which is easily done.  For instance, soap, water, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and borax added to some elbow grease and a scrubbing sponge can take care of many household cleaning needs.  These solutions are not only environmentally friendly but they can save money as well.  If a stronger chemical is needed, look for chemical packaging that says “Biodegradable in 3 to 5 days”.  Choosing products made with plant-based ingredients is also a wise move. 

    When buying chemicals look for EPA approved chemicals as that is the safest way to go when shopping for chemicals.   Searching the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory one will find multiple Green Cleaning Certified companies. 

  • 20 Mar 2019 7:44 AM | Adriana Robine
    When you decide to implement green cleaning program into your business you are assembling all your team making a commitment of using fewer toxic chemicals, choosing environmentally responsible equipment and considering processes that are sensitive to vulnerable populations. Green cleaning isn’t just about protecting the environment; it’s also about protecting the health of place occupants and cleaning staff while enhancing overall productivity.

    The benefits of green cleaning are directly related to your business operations are: - Demonstrate the quality of environmentally responsible products and services which can meet or exceed performance and expectations. - Obtain access to new customers and increase loyalty, expanding your Network - Profitability Increase - Show sustainable conscious not only with the environment, but also with clients & staffs - Fewer staff health problems, decreased absenteeism - Help professionals understand the importance of using environmentally-preferable products carefully, safely and with the goals of green cleaning in mind.
    That’s why HCC Cleaning is committed not only on promoting healthier environment but acknowledgement of the importance of being sustainable conscious to make a better Planet to live.

    Find Certified Green Cleaning Services Here.
  • 20 Mar 2019 6:53 AM | Lavette Ray

    Ever walked into a building after someone has thoroughly cleaned it ? Smelled that fresh bleach smell. As you look around and see how organized everything is and still that bleach and household cleaning smell. 

    How about ever made the mistake of mixing Bleach with another chemical. Then get this burning in your chest, find it hard to breath? This can come from the harmful chemicals you have mixed together and in most cases the same effects can happen if the chemicals are used separately.

    Which is why most companies provide a go Green or eco Friendly cleaning service. Keeps the air fresh, more productive. Going green is alot healthier than using your everyday products.

    If you are looking for a Green Cleaning Service feel free to check out the IJCSA directory for a green cleaning company near you Green Cleaning Service . Green cleaning is better because at least you don't  have to wear face mask to try and protect your eyes, lungs and waterways .

    So why not go green and receive the same cleaning result as using those household products. Ill be making sure my company is Green Cleaning 

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