by b. banks
For healthier buildings, workers and world more and more facilities and cleaning businesses are wisely gearing toward green cleaning and cleaning methods. With the products being available as well as cleaning techniques being used, green cleaning is helping us all. In researching costs of traditional cleaners, chemicals, equipment and products to the green ones this resource at Green Cleaning (Calc) is a great help. It can assist those in management-purchasing positions to better figure out cost comparisons etc..
Many people especially those working in smaller cleaning businesses can make some of their own products using things such as vinegar, borax, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and, hey, just plain water. There are many “home-brew” recipes for window cleaners, wall, oven and general purpose cleaners and more. Just google-away and see what you can find!
At your local janitorial supply store, by attending seminars and through networking you will be able to find an amazing amount of useful information on green cleaning and zero waste.
One popular green cleaning method being used these days is using reusable microfiber dust cloths instead of the old standard feather duster. The microfiber cloths will trap the dust keeping it from flying into the air. This will actually help quite a lot with maintaining clean air quality. The old style dusters will just move some of the dust off of what you are cleaning, and then sends the dust off into the air. You’ve all seen dust floating in sunlight, right? You breathe it, it comes back down… Not good, especially for those with allergies or breathing problems. People can end up staying home with sinus and allergy symptoms because of “dirty air”, air exchange filers will need changing more often… poor air quality from either dust, mold or chemical fumes will definitely affect health and create cost.
Besides opting to use microfiber dust cloths and mop heads produced by using recycled fibers, some other green cleaning methods that you may wish to consider are:
•Using green cleaning solutions-chemicals
•Proper mixing of “safe” chemicals, following label dilution and application instructions and not just going with “more is better” or the “glug-glug” method of measuring…
•Using better greener equipment such as vacuums with hepa filters and equipment that runs limits excessive noise levels.
•Recycling and buying products that are made from recycled products.
•Instead of paper towels use washable, reusable cloths.
Mop heads made from recycled fiber