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  • 21 Jan 2019 7:33 PM | jerry spalding

    Green cleaning/going green is a widely used term that can mean something different to everyone. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business defines green cleaning as simply taking steps to conserve energy, reduce pollution and saving money. The strategy of conserving energy can include turning off light when leaving and turning off water while brushing your teeth.  Turning off water when filling buckets and cleaning machines.  Using energy-efficient light bulbs and large appliances with high efficiency ratings, which may be a bit more expensive initially, but they can save energy and money in the long run. Recycling is a key component of reducing pollution, also using natural cleaning products for the home, office and more.  Going green is a lifestyle change for homes, offices and cleaning companies consciously aware of the surrounding environment.

    Green cleaning for cleaning companies refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedure which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality.  Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of products which contain toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory, dermatologic and other conditions.  Green cleaning can also describe the way residential and industrial cleaning are manufactured.

    Find IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified Firms Here


  • 21 Jan 2019 6:49 AM | Steven Thomas Jr

    Did you know that the products being used to clean your facility could be emitting volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere which can cause respiratory and dermatological problems?  Scary right? Well, if you are ready to “go green” and don’t know where to start?  Look now further…..Find A IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Service Here.  Going green will improve the quality of the air, clean and disinfect the environment without the harmful toxins from ordinary cleaning products! Don’t hesitate go green today!


  • 20 Jan 2019 7:31 PM | Brock Caldwell
    Implementing green cleaning is very positive, not only for businesses, but the environment also. There  is a lot of benefits from green cleaning. Safer products, better air quality, less expensive, no toxic fumes and no gloves required. Also, a lot of products are biodegradable and are safe around kids and pets.

    I feel confident implementing green cleaning into my daily work routine. I also would suggest other business owners to do the same and follow my footsteps of going green. #Come clean, IKEA, and The Hershey Company are all advocates to promoting green cleaning.

    Find A Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 20 Jan 2019 8:05 AM | Maxine Kennaugh

    Green cleaning is when we use products that are safe for the environment and do not emit any pollutants when used. It is important to use green cleaning not only for the environment and our planet but for the health of our customers, employees, and the general public. 

    Having a toddler and baby at home, we wanted to make sure the products we were using in our home were safe. There are many surfaces little fingers and mouths can touch in your house and knowing that the cleaning products you are using are non-toxic will put your mind at ease.

    Pregnant women and children that are five years old and younger are very susceptible to harmful chemicals in the air. When making the transition from using traditional cleaners to environmentally friendly ones, you’re creating a much safer atmosphere for the whole family. 

    You can reduce pollutants in your home by better insulation and by using the safest most natural ingredients when cleaning. 

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Services Here

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  • 19 Jan 2019 6:55 PM | Anastasia Walters

    When you hear the term "blood-borne pathogens", what do you think of? First thing that comes to my mind is a zombie invasion. Okay, it's not as scary (or cool) as that, but it is something to take serious. Anyone whose job requires potential risk to coming in contact with bodily fluid needs to be informed of blood-borne pathogens. Why? Because you don't want to become a zombie, of course! Or at least get very, very sick.  

    Blood-borne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms that exist in blood. They can be transmitted through mucus membranes, cuts, or abrasions. Two examples of blood-borne pathogen diseases are hepatitis B (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). What is even scarier about these diseases is that you can have it without immediately knowing because it can take some time before signs and symptoms appear.  

    As cleaning service employees, we are at risk of coming in contact with blood-borne pathogens. That is why it is important for us to take precaution against these diseases. That means wearing proper safety gear, learning proper ways to disinfect, and properly disposing of potentially contaminated items. It requires us to be knowledgeable on blood-borne pathogens and know what procedure to follow if we suspect we have been exposed.  

    Keep safe practices a priority with every cleaning job you do and we won't have to experience a real life World War Z.

  • 19 Jan 2019 11:07 AM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Many cleaning products and chemicals that are not green certified contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to your health and the environment. The purpose of green cleaning products and methods is to protect and promote health, while also reducing the negative effects on the environment. When you use many cleaning products, “harmful chemicals are being released into the environment,” says Leslie Reichert, author of “Joy of Green Cleaning”. Not great for you and the people around you to breathe in. 

    Green cleaning products help decrease harmful air and water pollution, ozone depletion, and global climate change because green cleaning products do not include toxic chemicals that regular cleaining products do.All-natural green cleaning has been shown to reduce health problems that are associated with allergens, chemical sensitivities and contaminants. This includes mold and bacteria. Studies have shown that spraying a household cleaner just once a week increases a persons chance of getting asthma. 

    Using green products that are all-natural are known to increase worker satisfaction, improve employee morale, reduce absenteeism, promote productivity and efficiency. Green cleaning methods Improve training programs by stressing safety and cleaning procedures. This reduces injuries to custodial staff and Worker’s Compensation Claims. 

    Other benefits of using Eco-Friendly cleaning methods include reducing chemical consumption and the number of chemicals needed. Promoting better inventory management of supplies and equipment, resulting in more efficient and better-planned procurement of goods. Also, using green cleaning products won’t damage surfaces over time like traditional cleaners can. 

    There are many benefits of using natural green products versus everyday cleaning products. It’s no wonder more and more people are turning to Green Certified cleaning products and eco-friendly cleaning methods. For a list of providers in your area the IJCSA has compiled a list of their service members who are Certified Green Cleaning Companies. You can find a provider at http://ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services 


  • 18 Jan 2019 5:17 PM | Garret Penzel
    Hi, my name is Garret Penzel and I am interested in cleaning carpets. This program will help me by watching videos and giving me the information I need to know. I'm planning on doing extraction cleaning at businesses and offices or any other commercial enterprise. It will be fun for me and a good experience.

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  • 18 Jan 2019 7:35 AM | Roxanne Crockett

      Our company is honored and privileged to be IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified.  We can now be productive in our environment by becoming eco-friendly.  Our customers will benefit from better environmental and air quality as well as productivity.  

      We use only green cleaning products!  Our company use several green sealed certified products. For window cleaning, we use a product called "bio-renewable".   We use a foam hand soap that is green certified.  We also use "Spartan Xcelente" as a floor care disinfectant. These products will be used in all of our accounts. 

      We plan on ensuring that all of our employees are green certified and implementing the processes efficiently and effectively.   

    Find Green Cleaning Certified Companies Here

  • 17 Jan 2019 7:03 PM | 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 www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services 


    Sources:

    VOC Information: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html

    POP Information: http://www.epa.gov/international/toxics/pop.htm

    PBT Information: http://www.epa.gov/pbt

    Extremely Hazardous Substances: http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/baq/docs/ehsalpha.pdf

    Effects of POPs: http://www.childenvironment.org/position.htm


  • 17 Jan 2019 6:25 PM | kieron scott

    For my business, Simply Superb, I plan to use my Green Cleaning Certification in many ways. One way would be showing my future costumers not only am I aiming to be Eco-Friendly, but I took the necessary steps in becoming certified as a professional Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service

    Also, I feel as though it will increase my potential  customer gain due to the knowledge and awareness of hazardous chemicals used in the Cleaning Industry today. I will use my knowledge to promote a well-known clean and hygienic  cleaning service. 

    Find A IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here

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