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  • 13 Jul 2019 10:48 PM | Cindy Washington

    Every day cleaning chemicals contain harmful chemicals that we may be unaware of. The overall goal of cleaning is to have a clean and healthy environment for our family or businesses. We use cleaning products that promise to make our homes cleaner, more sterile, smell better which they actually do. We remove the germs and minimize viruses and bacteria, but in the process, we inhale toxic chemicals and expose our loved ones unknowingly. 

    How do we work to trade in our hazardous cleaning products for natural green products? 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. 

    Every day cleaning products may contain toxic ingredients. For example, butyl cellosolve can be found in many spray cleaners, and all-purpose cleaners. Despite being found in common products, the products still continue to be used. Butyl cellosolve can irritate the mucous membranes and cause liver and kidney damage.

    Using natural green products, inflict minimal or no harm on the environment. Green brands can help to push for a cleaner environments, such as Method products (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.

    In the end, the use of green products is one certain solution to save our planet and ourselves. Going green as we maintain the cleanliness and sanitation of our homes and businesses can lessen pollution, health problems, and climate change and save water, petroleum and trees. It will also reduce the amount of waste produced by commercial manufacturers too.

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


  • 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


  • 13 Jul 2019 7:18 PM | Shenna Morris

    Mattie B. Cleaning Services is committed to providing services that prioritize the total health and wellness of our customers, their homes, and our environment.  Our commitment to doing this requires us to be conscience of the techniques and products that we use. Green cleaning! This is why the knowledge and use of green cleaning is essential to who we are and what we do. 

    We are committed to prioritizing the usage of natural solutions. This includes creating natural cleaning solutions and informing customers of the solutions used. Additionally we will work to inform customers of the benefits of using natural products and why it is a healthier alternative than using common chemical products that many are familiar with. By providing green cleaning solutions, we are ensuring that our customers, both human and being, aren't exposed to toxins that can create short and long term health effects.

    Find Professional Green Cleaning Certified Companies Here 

  • 13 Jul 2019 3:35 PM | Cindy Washington

    Lemon, salt, and white vinegar. Does it sound like ingredients you typically cook with? That is true, however, these all natural products can also be used for cleaning. For example, white vinegar has the potential to cut grease, and remove mildew and oil. Products like this are the foundation for Green Cleaning.  

    Green cleaning avoids chemically-reactive and toxic cleaning products that may release volatile organic compounds. Volatile organic compounds may cause respiratory and dermatological problems. Using natural cleaning products, won’t have any adverse effects. They are also less damaging to the environment and safer for humans and pets.

    Interested in using products that are safe but just as effective as the products you’re used to? Green cleaning sounds like the choice for you! Green cleaning promotes the use environmentally-friendly ingredients and chemicals to preserve human health and environmental quality. Still interested? Find a company that may be right for you at the Green Cleaning Service Directory.


  • 13 Jul 2019 2:36 PM | Cindy Washington

    Harmful chemicals are present in common items we tend to use regularly. As current users, we may not see the immediate effects of the products we use but in the long run these chemicals can cause many health issues. We rely on toxic ingredients because we may lack knowledge of options for alternative healthy solutions. This is the number one reason for the need of Green Cleaning.

    A green cleaning program is beneficial because it not only offers a safer cleaning service but it also is an educational tool for consumers that may be unaware of the benefits of green cleaning. Green cleaning focuses on using environmentally-friendly ingredients and chemicals to preserve human health and environmental quality. The use of toxic chemicals is no longer a need because green cleaning provides a healthy alternative. Seeing the increase of the amount of children with asthma and allergies, creates a sense urgency to make better choices in cleaning products. Also, many of the toxic products that were promoted heavily in the past are beginning to show the adverse side effects of using them. In the end, the focus should be on creating a safer environment for our present and our future.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here


  • 13 Jul 2019 12:27 PM | Rhonda McDonald

    Bloodborne Pathogens training is required of all cleaning employees.  A bloodborne pathogens: pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. It is important for employees to follow the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standards to reduce self infections and properly handling of infectious materials. This practice was only used in hospital and health care industry in the past but now has been expanded to all that may come in contact with blood while working.

    Employees should never eat, drink, smoke or apply lip balm near  potential and/or infectious areas.  Employees need to follow Universal Precautions when cleaning up an infectious area.  Universal Precaution: recommends that blood and certain body-fluids from ALL patients be considered potentially infectious and that infection control precautions be taken to minimize the risk of exposure.  Contamination can be made by cleaning up after a sick child, emptying the trash or soiled laundry.  Protective precautions employees are to wear latex or vinyl gloves and safety goggles. Approved OSHA cleaning products like clean up kits and absorbent.  

    When cleaning or disposing of soiled laundry color coded bags approved by OSHA should be used.  This will lessen your chance of getting exposed to HIV, HBV or Hepatitis B. Use thongs to pick up needles or waste and place in properly color containers.  All businesses will incorporate their own Written Exposure Plan that will be kept up to date but needs to be reviewed annually.  OSHA requests that all employers are to maintain records for up to 3 years.  More information on OSHA Guidelines can be found at www.osha.gov.  


  • 12 Jul 2019 6:50 PM | Jonathan Scates

    The goal of the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard is to establish guidelines for organizations to develop a program providing information, training and to protect individuals from occupational exposures to blood or other potentially infectious materials. Pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms. Bloodborne pathogens are viruses or bacteria present in human blood and body fluids, which can infect and cause disease in humans.  

    The most common ways bloodborne pathogens spread are through sexual transmission or IV drug use. However, any contact with infected blood or body fluids carries the risk of potential infection.  It is important to understand what the hazards of bloodborne pathogens are, and what preventative measures you can take to protect yourself from exposure. Your attitude is a vital part of protecting yourself. The right attitude means taking Universal Precautions. This means that you treat all human blood and body fluids as infectious.

    Personal Protective Equipment includes clothing and equipment worn by an individual during activities, which may result in exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Personal protective equipment always starts with gloves but may also include gowns, face shields, eye protection and pocket masks. An exposure incident is defined as a specific eye, mouth, nose or skin contact with potentially infectious materials.

    Learn More About Bloodborne Pathogens Training Here


  • 12 Jul 2019 11:19 AM | Quasim Walker

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  • 11 Jul 2019 8:02 PM | Laura Martinez

          Looking for a cleaning company who is green or eco friendly can be a challenge. You want what is best for you, for the environment, as well as for your family. You want a company who is knowledgeable and certified in green cleaning.

          Even if you want your carpet shampooed, it can be hard to find someone who offers green cleaning options even for something as basic as carpet shampooing. Green is better on the cleaner's body as well, so they are not inhaling all those toxic chemicals.

          Just do a local search for green cleaners, eco friendly cleaning services, or all natural cleaning services. IJCSA offers an abundance of knowledgeable and certified green cleaners. There are many companies out there, but only a few offer green and eco friendly cleaning. 

    https://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

  • 11 Jul 2019 5:20 PM | Andrea S & Blake G Hurlston

    Traditional cleaning products have proven to be very harmful to humans, the earth and the planet overall. 

    Health effects: Using harmful chemical based products which contain significant amounts of very harmful chemicals have proven to cause; cancer, headaches, skin issues such as eczema, respiratory, throat and bronchial issues due to inhalation and immediate contact of the chemicals some of which releases toxic fumes in our environment.

    The effects are greater when people who clean daily use such chemicals. 

    Quite a bit of these harmful cleaning solutions are used daily in our homes and office environment, including; kitchens and commercial environments. Products such as oven cleaners, hair chemicals in salons, chemicals used in garages, paints and furniture cleaners, all contain harsh irritants with high levels of VOC's (Volatile organic compounds) that get released into the atmosphere. - T

    Environmental effects: Quite a bit of these chemicals are often times flammable, due to the contents of these cleaning agents. This is severely hazardous to our environment. Statistics have proven and as more scientists are exploiting more tests on the use of harmful cleaning chemicals on humans, there is a imperative need for us to eliminate these damaging chemicals from our planet - they are killing us, our environment and there are no medical treatments yet developed that have counteracted or reversed the diseases inflicted on us, as a result of the severe damage caused. 

    There are numerous positive benefits in eliminating the use of traditional cleaning products and replacing them with using 100% green, bio-degradable cleaning products versus continuing to use the harmful, traditional cleaning products.

    Positive Environmental Benefits are: Creates a purer environment/ Cleaner Homes - no longer will we have to inhale harsh chemicals in the environment, or come in contact into or skin. The lingering effects of the chemicals after use in the air- is unhealthy to adults, kids, babies and pets. 

    Changing to green methods means no harmful chemicals will be released into the air from factories, plants. It will reduce/eliminate pollution to our waterways and minimize the impact on ozone depletion and global climate change with less smog/waste. Our air will be cleaner- better air quality.

    Positive Medical/Health Benefits are: There will be less chances of the sensitive individuals developing asthma, any chronic bronchial related health issues or allergies as green products are non-toxic and are safer to use. The use of natural products will enhance the environment's sustainability, improve the well-being for humans and pets alike. Using green cleaning products will eliminate damaging the skin, eyes as green products are not corrosive.

    Economic and financial benefits are: The last and an important fact in comparing the use of traditional versus green products is there is a financial benefit. Natural products are cheaper, all products can be found at home, such as; lemon, vinegar and baking soda.

    The benefits of using green, eco-friendly, bio-degradable products outweigh extensively the significantly negative impact traditional cleaning products have and will continue to make on humans and our environment overall. There is not comparison to be made when our health, well-being and living and working spaces are at stake. We need air to breathe and live, so it must be clean air for us to maintain a healthy, clean life. 

    It is safer to check the credibility of a cleaning company when trying to decide on which cleaning company to get -ensure you find a "Certified" Green cleaning company by researching on the following website-  https://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

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