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  • 19 Dec 2018 7:41 AM | Juliet Davison

    Grandma used baking soda to remove foul smells in the washing. It whitened and brightened our laundry for generations. How did the "Modern Woman" (at the time..;) decided that new laundry detergents must be better because they were "New and Modern." is unknown. However, It probably made sense that when you bought a new machine or just ran out of your tried and true, you should try a new and improved product. One thing is true, television was just available in the homes and product marking was at historical highs. Over the years it seems that the availability of premixed soaps and ready to use packs, liquid options etc. took the place on the shelf where our baking soda and vinegar once resided. It was several years ago when I became aware of the natural powers of everyday items and household staples for use as handy, safe and effective cleaners. 

    The truth is, it took a teenage Boy to set me straight about cleaners. He was taking my Living skills class and we were studying laundry tips. He educated the whole class about common stain removal solutions, bathroom cleaners, and green alternatives that are better for the earth and our health. Come to find out he gained his knowledge from his amazing foster Mom. After my education, I switched many of my household chemicals out for recycled or refillable alternatives. I love the idea of doing my small part to help out the ozone and limiting my families exposure to harmful toxins in our home. Please visit this site for others that have Greened up! 

  • 18 Dec 2018 10:01 PM | Maxine Kennaugh

    Having completed the certificate with IJCSA, being Green Clean Certified provides many benefits not only to my company but also to my family. We will have peace of mind that we are protecting ourselves, our customers and our employees from harsh chemicals found in everyday cleaning products that are full of harmful toxins. 

    We will be able to provide a service to those with allergies or respiratory diseases that require green cleaning to be done in their homes. Being certified, I am able to provide a safe environment for my children knowing they can crawl on the floor or help me with cleaning around the house and not be harmed. 

    We are also helping to preserve the environment by using non-toxic and biodegradable products which helps with indoor pollution and also our waterways.   

    Being listed on the IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Directory will help our prospective clients find us. They will be confident in knowing that they are receiving cleaning services from a certified green cleaning company. 

  • 18 Dec 2018 9:30 PM | Maxine Kennaugh

    When we purchase commercial cleaning products we use a wide range of soaps, detergents, softeners, polishes, bleach and different scents to keep our homes clean and smelling nice. While these products may make our homes look clean, there are many hidden dangers that lurk behind the smell of 'fresh linen' and 'lemon zest' that contribute to our pollution indoors. 

    These products are poisonous if swallowed and harmful if touched or inhaled which can be a very toxic environment when living with children and pets and accidents may occur. In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls. Of these calls, 120,434 exposures involved children under the age of six. 

    Cleaning products have variations of ingredients which pose different types of health hazards. Some cause watery eyes, skin or respiratory irritation in asthma sufferers or others with allergies, chemical burns or others that are linked to long-term effects such as cancer. When using green cleaning products, you'll know that what you're using to clean your home won't harm your family or pets. Illnesses that were once present such as coughing, skin rashes, sneezing, headaches and more may disappear once green products are used within the home. 

    When you choose to use green cleaning products, you are choosing to help protect the environment in some way. Most green cleaning products are made using sustainable manufacturing practices and naturally derived, safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable ingredients that don't negatively impact the environment. It is also easier and more cost effective to have natural ingredients on hand to take care of your general cleaning. Vinegar could replace window cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, mold and mildew removers and all-purpose cleaners. Baking soda is also a great natural cleaning agent used to remove bad odour from carpets, clean stovetops and many other uses.

    One of the best benefits of making the switch to green cleaning products is the items in your home tend to last much longer. This is because traditional cleaning products are full of all kinds of toxic chemicals which aren’t sustainable and do not result in long-lasting effects. These types of harsh chemicals tend to negatively affect the texture and life of most household items. With green cleaning products, you are maintaining the longevity of your belongings without the smell of bleach or ammonia left behind. With the research we have today, it would be a wise move to switch to a green cleaning service and protect your health and the environment by finding a Green Cleaning Service here

  • 18 Dec 2018 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    Am I cleaning or hurting my environment with the cleaning products that we use every day? Most of the traditional cleaning products that we use every day are harmful to our health and the environment due to the chemicals they are made with. 

    The most common in daily use is chlorine, Sulfuric acid, Ammonia, and Alkylphenol ethoxylates just to mention some of them. These chemicals harm our health in different aspects, some are irritating to the skin, others when we breathe them.

    An example is the common glass cleaner or mirrors, some contain Isopropyl alcohol that can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, and throat, and Ammonia which is also an eye irritant and the skin that causes coughing, short breathing and wheezing.

    All women like to clean the kitchen with chlorine to kill all germs and disinfect very well to keep the family very healthy, but chlorine is one of the most deadly chemicals since ancient times. But when you smell it for a few minutes it gives you headaches and throat irritation.

    For years we have used these products that damage our health, our mood, our environment day by day without knowing that they are the cause.

    We can change all this if we clean every day with natural products that do not harm our health or our environment such as vinegar, sodium carbonate, borax, just to mention a few.

    Vinegar and water are used to clean and disinfect most surfaces. Baking soda is a very good odor controller just like borax.

    Stop hurting yourself and the environment! Find a green cleaning service here. 

  • 17 Dec 2018 6:23 PM | Jacques Geere

    Looking for a professional carpet cleaning company?

    It is easier now, to find a professional carpet cleaning service, by simply visiting the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (IJCSA's) Carpet Cleaning DirectoryBy using a IJCSA certified member, you can be rest assured that you will get international standard service at an affordable price. Click on this link to find a carpet and rug cleaner near you.

  • 17 Dec 2018 3:05 PM | Roger Morgans

    As companies large and small grow more environmentally conscious, it is important to adapt and provide services their culture finds acceptable and beneficial.

    Green Certification and implementation of green strategies can improve worker safety and health, cut down on the costs of missed time due to illness and accidents, and benefit the community as a whole.

    Green Certified companies show a care for their surroundings and future generations and a commitment to safety and customer satisfaction. 

    The IJCSA Green Certified Directory is filled with just such companies, like Morgans Cleaning & Property Management of Wilkes-Barre, PA.

    Our trained professionals are experts at developing green solutions on any scale, from bio-friendly chemicals to the cutting edge technology of using electrically converted water in our top of the line scrubbers.

  • 17 Dec 2018 11:05 AM | Roger Morgans
    IJCSA's Green Cleaning Directory is an excellent resource for anyone concerned with the harmful short and long term effects of traditional cleaning chemicals.

    Even areas with heavy traffic can now be cleaned without such chemicals.

    To complicate things further, as reported in the Environmental Working Group's "Cleaners Hall of Shame" report, only 7% of cleaning solutions even adequately disclose their own ingredients. That means in addition to the known concerns there is no way to tell what other issues they may be causing.

    Chemicals in standard cleaners have been found to irritate the skin, causing rashes and even chemical burns. Contact with the eyes can be devastating.

    Others are harmful even when not touched directly. The study found that 53% of all cleaners tested contained lung-harming ingredients and carcinogens.

    Natural and eco-friendly alternatives have been shown to perform as good or better under most circumstances, making the choice to go green an easy one for most conscientious companies and facilities.

    Find Your Certified Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 16 Dec 2018 8:09 AM | Andrew Baynes

    As a small business owner in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina I think it is imperative to our community to offer my clients a "green" alternative to meet a growing demand from the areas client base.  We are a growing metropolis and have managed to build in parks, streams and natural areas into our sprawling city.  Once folks viewed the green movement as a fad, but as many studies of harmful additives corporations are including in their household and industrial cleaners come out, the need to go green is more real than ever.  We as an industry can help spread the benefits of a green cleaning program.

    Not every business is ready to jump on board however as my dentist explained to me during a recent visit.  He told me that in his profession there is an extreme need to have effective products and that unless a "green' alternative product can offer him a minimum of 5 years of successful testing backed by major healthcare monitoring agencies that he has no interest in them.  For him, the risks are too high and he appreciates the peace of mind that the industry standards give him.  He did state however that with those 5 years of studies and at a competitive price he would like to implement those products that give him the option of being more green.

    My business provides our largest client a chance to mix in the use of vinegar and less caustic chemicals but still keep other non green products available in the rotation for certain jobs as well.  I believe that the key to implementing my green program will be communication to my clients.  When I make a listing of chemicals I plan on using on their property I also have a separate column that lists a green alternative to that chemical when available, leaving the choice to the consumer and ultimately allowing the business owner to say they made a great choice, not only in the choice of cleaning products, but with the business that is providing them with the choice.

    In general, I am very happy to provide my accounts with a chance to be a better member of the community.  When I educate my clients as to the risks of using most over the counter cleaners vs. their natural alternatives I feel that I have leveled the playing field a bit by giving them information that they don't get in the big corporation's hyped up TV ads. 

    Find A Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 15 Dec 2018 11:02 AM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Did you know that cleaning products are largely unregulated with around 70% of conventional cleaning products containing harsh chemicals unapproved by the EPA? It’s no wonder more and more people are turning to Eco-friendly cleaning products and cleaning services. 

    Studies have shown that using a household cleaning spray even just once a week in your home or office raises the risk of developing asthma. There are many cleaning service companies that are committed to keeping their staff, their clients and the environment healthier and safer by implementing Green Cleaning Practices.

    Your health and your family’s is the most important thing to all of us in the green cleaning industry. The International Janitorial Cleaning Service Association (IJCSA) has compiled a list of their members who are Green Cleaning Service providers in your area. Visit their website at  

  • 14 Dec 2018 3:56 PM | RAVEN SCOTT

    Good customer service while operating a cleaning business is understanding the clients needs and making sure they are satisfied.  Taking care of the clients home or business is very important.  Also, solving any problem the client may have and following up with all clients via phone or email.

    IJCSA members provide great customer service and always make the customer and client a priority.  Everyone is certified and trained on how to work with all clients.  Visit the IJCSA Business Directory to find companies that provide excellent customer service. 

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