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Being Green Cleaning Certified

13 Jul 2019 9:26 PM | Cindy Washington

Green cleaning certification provides a stamp of approval for obtaining the proper knowledge and use of green products and in reducing our carbon footprint. Switching to green cleaning products is good for the health and well-being of the people I employ and serve, and it also prevents unnecessary chemicals from being released into the environment. The difficult part is letting go of the products we know and love.

The chemicals found in common cleaning products can have many negative impacts, including contributing to asthma, cancer, and increased birth defects, according to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Cleaning Supplies and Your Health. With the potential negative impact of current chemicals in cleaning products, the need for green cleaning is necessary. The increasing popularity of “being green” has caused many companies to see this as an opportunity to capitalize on its popularity.  Green washing is causing a lot of distrust in the idea of being green and may sway consumers to continue to use the products they are comfortable with, which may include toxic ingredients. Also, many companies do not fully disclose their ingredients, which makes evaluation about the health and environmental impacts difficult. 

Essentially, being green cleaning certified allows me to act as a change agent for green living and the environment. Initially, I need to take an inventory of what I currently have and research green alternatives. For example, many of the products I currently own can be replaced with many products from the Method line (https://methodhome.com/). Along with the products being naturally derived, the company also works to make sure every bottle they design goes through a rigorous process to ensure that it’s as green as possible. The goal is not to advertise for companies but to choose products that work best for my clients.

Protecting my clients and the world from harmful chemicals is my overall goal. I must continue to be a learner in green cleaning to meet the various needs of my clients. Even though I may be aware of various products, I also have to merge that with the needs of my individual clients. In the end, my goal is keeping my clients healthy while being environmentally friendly. 

For a Green Cleaning Certified Company go to the Green Cleaning Service Directory


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