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  • 16 Jan 2019 5:32 PM | FARRALEE OUELLETTE

    I am starting to implement a green cleaning program by using only environmentally safe chemicals.  There is no point in damaging an already damaged ecosystem.   I will not only be using environmentally safe chemicals on my contracts, but I will be using them at home as well.  It is a good habit to get into.  I will offer a discount if someone personally requests that I use environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals. 

    I will be proud to represent a green cleaning company.   As an owner of two cats, I do not want toxic chemicals laying around.  Animals are like children, they get into whatever they want, whenever they want.   Toxic chemicals are dangerous not just for animals, but for people.  Being an IJCSA Green Cleaning Company will be a very good decision for me to continue forward with my business goals.

    Representing an IJCSA Green Cleaning Company makes me look and feel like a more responsible business owner.  It shows my beliefs in ensuring there is no additional damage done to the ecosystem.  All it takes is one person to put their foot down and stand up against additional damage to the environment.  If there is a way to fix the ecosystem, it would be to recycle and use green cleaning solutions.  I believe Green Cleaning is the way to go, less pollution and less dangerous chemicals.


  • 16 Jan 2019 5:15 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. 


  • 16 Jan 2019 9:34 AM | Kyle Hunter


    Looking for a Green Cleaning Service? Over the past few decades drastic discoveries about the impact we have on the earth in regards to pollution have surfaced and these discoveries and responsibilities are continually increasing. This has sparked a growing trend of environmental awareness. Consumers expect businesses to be more environmentally responsible in both their products and business culture. Recycling and sourcing ingredients/materials that leave less of a negative environmental impact. As a business it makes sense to adopt these expectations into your business culture through and through, which is why it is important to work with a janitorial service that feels the same way.

    So when looking for a janitorial service, not only is the scope of work important, but the methods and products used as well. To ensure environmental-friendliness, seek out a Green Cleaning service. Preferably, a certified Green Cleaning service. Many varieties of Green Cleaning services exist so I would recommend looking through the IJCSA (International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association) Directory of Green Cleaning Services located here http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

    IJCSA provides members with an extensive Green Cleaning Certification Program among many other certification programs. IJCSA members have access to the proper resources to educate themselves on operating a green cleaning service and the proper procedures to tackle the responsibilities of being environmentally friendly. IJCSA members are the qualified experts in True Green Cleaning services!

    Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here

  • 15 Jan 2019 8:40 PM | michael jones

    It is vital to be aware of anything that is potentially dangerous at home or at work. If your job comes with anything that puts you at a greater risk, Knowledge is truly power, especially when it is something so simple to over look.

    we have all had cuts, scrapes or shots and bled at some point in our lives, we become accustom to what blood is, it is a very simple thing to over look, just like using electricity in our every day lives. We can for get how dangerous it is. it is easy to not shake hands with someone when you see they are sick, but easy to forget that we can not see blood born pathogens, so not washing your hands after cleaning could put other at risk as well. 

    Knowing how to clean and dispose of blood or any body fluids is the first line of defense to prevent you or anyone else from preventable danger. Just like driving a car can be dangerous, there are many ways to prevent unnecessary accidents, We should Always pay attention to what you are doing. We should never just become complacent. When we do we may inadvertently hurt ourselves or others. 

  • 15 Jan 2019 10:09 AM | Joe Isenberg

      Knowing about the risks of bloodborne pathogens is critical in the cleaning industry. Bloodborne pathogens can be easily spread if protective procedures are not followed properly.

      Blood, vomit, saliva and other bodily fluids may be infected with bloodborne pathogens that can cause HIV and Hepatitis B and it is for this reason that specific guidelines must be followed in cleaning and removal. Splashing with a mop can spread the pathogens about the area and enter the mucus membrane through the nose, mouth, eyes or skin. 

      Needle bins, trash receptacles and hazardous waste must be handled with care in order to prevent injury and exposure as well. International guidelines, if followed, may prevent or reduce infectious waste exposure. Wearing disposable gloves and eye protection play a strong role in prevention.

    More Info On Bloodborne Pathogens

  • 14 Jan 2019 1:36 PM | Melodie Moore

    I feel that having the option to have a Green Cleaning Program is very beneficial. Some people even though they have an idea about Green Cleaning may not want it. In my experience a lot of people are not educated about how this program can be effective and leave a fresh clean scent. So I would get the attention of the people that I am in business with and if they are open come to a consensus on what Green Cleaning means to them and then continue to educate. Start by putting a plan together to service their needs.I would have a simple agreement to "Do Green". Which would include walk throughs to observe and audit the surroundings. Enlist steps to processes in regards to the goal of the audits. Assess what is needed  and obtain the Green Cleaning Equipment that has to be utilized.

    Acquire needed educative materials and educate cleaning crew on keeping abreast and current on Green cleaning processes. Evaluate and monitor by being accountable to the program and key people who are involved which would vary depending on who in the market you are servicing. This Came from the Article Implementing A Green Cleaning Program.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 13 Jan 2019 5:33 PM | Yanira Morales

    Yanan Eco-Friendly will provide our clients with safe and environmentally responsible green cleaning solutions. Our cleaning services will use environmentally friendly products while working to reduce contaminants that may threaten our health and pollute the Earth.

    Find Us In The IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory

  • 13 Jan 2019 9:04 AM | RAVEN SCOTT

    Being green clean certified provides many benefits for my company.  I will be able to protect my clients from the harsh chemicals found in toxic cleaning products.  Knowing that I will be reducing or eliminating respiratory and skin problems brings me satisfaction. 

    There will be less harm done to the environment by the use of non-toxic and biodegradable products. The overall air quality will improve. 

    We are able to show our dedication to protect human health and the environment.  We care about our clients and the people in the world.  

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

      

  • 12 Jan 2019 8:58 AM | Alberto Atallah

    How to stay healthy in a toxin-ridden business.

    It should be noted that there's no way to not be exposed to harmful toxins or bacteria in real life, but there certainly are ways to minimize it. Our bodies are suited to combat these harmful substances and help us heal and grow more immune to them, but repeated exposure and improper care can wear down even the hardiest of people. You could be a healthy individual who exercises, eats right, and takes care of their overall well-being; and still be prone to disease or other complications due to exposure to things you often don't give a second thought...such as common cleaning products that are already in your home. You'll notice many products contain the label "hazardous to humans and animals", and might think, "why would I use this all over my house or office?"

    The average household has over 60 toxic chemicals, a claim by environmental experts. These are often found in fragrances or their furniture/counter top cleaners, making people prone to asthma, cancer, and other chemical imbalances in the body. These exposures are more hidden than more direct hazards, like heavy fumes or direct contact with other chemicals. A common harmful substance found in air fresheners an dish soaps, are phthalates. These are considered endocrine disruptors, so men who are exposed to these on a constant basis suffer from reduced sperm counts and other hormonal complications. Since the skin has no protective layer like our organs do, direct contact is much less safe. You can reduce exposure to these by choosing more green options to cleanse the air; such as having plants or lighting a scented candle.

    Another harmful substance known as 2-butoxyethanol, is readily available in most window, kitchen, and all-purpose cleaners. The convenience of these items and the fresh, clean feeling they provide after use can be misleading. When you constantly inhale these scents, the body is more prone to lung, liver, and kidney damages. The riskier part is, US Law does not require this chemical to be listed on a product's label. A way to dilute or reduce this chemical's presence, is once again to employ a greener option to clean your windows and kitchen. A mixture of vinegar, oil, and water is an effective, non-threatening solution to leave your glass surfaces sparkling. Washed with a microfiber cloth or even a newspaper, you can rest assured knowing your windows are clean and your organs unharmed.

    Ammonia is another one of several common chemicals found in our cleaners. Usually they're found in products that clean bathrooms, sinks, jewelry, as well as glass. Since ammonia evaporates and leaves your glass feeling sparkly and clean, people often don't give it a second thought. Ammonia is a powerful irritant, especially bad for those who suffer from asthma or other lung issues. House cleaners who must do their work can spend hours exposed to this, and even if they suffered no health issues before, they can suddenly spring up in the form of bronchitis or asthma. A viable choice would be to use vodka on any metal surface, as it will produce that shine without the added health risk.

    Chlorine, which is used as an antiseptic and disinfectant can be misleading in thinking it is safe. Even when you're in the pool and open your eyes underwater, you can feel the irritation it gives and the distinct red coloring your eyes get after. It's also commonly found in toilet cleaners, laundry whiteners, and mildew removers. The fumes it gives off go to your skin due to proximity, but it's also running in the tap water you brush your teeth with or shower with. The effects can be mild, or chronic, but it's certain that it causes irritation in our breathing. To scrub in an effective and safer manner, try using baking soda and vinegar. A mixture of vinegar and borax powder work well for whitening clothes. To reduce the exposure you get from tap water, consider installing filters on your sinks and showers.

    Aside from the few chemicals mentioned earlier, customers really need to be aware of greenwashing. Greenwashing refers to companies or products that label themselves as "green" or "natural" mistakenly leading to believe they are nontoxic. The environmental consulting firm known as TerraChoice Group made up a report called "The Sins of Greenwashing" in which it found more than 95% of "green" consumer products contain at least one or few harmful toxins. Being certified as a green cleaner by the IJCSA is a great step for you as a cleaning business owner, to show your customers you know proper and safe procedures to provide an effective, natural cleaning solution. Check out a green-certified company in this directory:

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


    Source from: https://experiencelife.com/article/8-hidden-toxins-whats-lurking-in-your-cleaning-products/


  • 11 Jan 2019 6:12 PM | Sasha Kuber

    The harmful effects of using cleaning chemicals compared to using natural green products are proven to be more riskier because of the harsh chemicals and negative affects it can have as opposed to green products that ensure safety. There are pros and cons to everything but overall the likelihood of something going "wrong" will be with chemical driven products than those that do not have it in their products. 

    "There are about 80,000 well documented chemicals commonly used, but there are many, many more in use whose environmental effects have not been studied or tested. These can range from human health to our environment. According to CBS News, unlike the numerous and heavy regulations imposed on food inspection, there is no such governmental regulation on chemical products. In addition, companies are only required to report primary, dangerous first-hand, hazardous chemicals, causing institutions to ignore chemicals with potential long-term effects or even avoid fully reporting all chemical ingredients present in a product (Smith, 2016)."

    A lot of misinformation has to deal with people not being fully aware with what ingredients are being used and what the harmful effects it can cause. If someone is uninformed and just use the first thing they see instead of doing some research and gaining more knowledge into products it can lead to a potential serious situation that could most likely have been avoided. Like mentioned in the material amyl acetate with is used in furniture polish that can attack the nervous system or Butyl cellosolve that is found in all-purpose cleaners and can irritate mucous membranes that attacks the liver and kidney these are just a couple of harmful products that can have serious impact on someone's health. 

    It is important to be aware and informed with every product and equipment being used as to stress the importance of one's health, others around and the environment. 24/7 Commercial Cleaning can be found in the  IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory to ensure the use of natural and safe non-toxic products will be used in services provided. 

    "If you go green, "No longer will there be chemicals absorbed into the skin or breathed in by the person cleaning. Health benefits extend to family members who are no longer breathing in cleaners lingering in the air and sitting on surfaces. Changing to greener methods helps reduce pollution to our waterways and the air and it minimizes your impact on onzone depletion and global climate change with fewer smog-producing chemicals(Weber, 2017)." It provides a healthier and safe environment than that of products with chemicals that most people are unaware of the hazardous side effects it can cause. 

    Like mentioned in the material there are thousands of harmful ingredients in chemical cleaning products and after reading and studying the material provided I will make sure that our services will provide products that are not harmful and dangerous especially now days where there are a lot of great natural and green cleaning products that work just as great if not better without the harmful side effects and pollution. 

    Find A IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here

    Reference

    2016. Smith, D. Is Greener Cleaner? Retrieved from www.ijcsa.org 

    2017. Weber,C. Benefits of Green Cleaning. Retrieved from www.care.com 

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