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4 Cleaners to Transform the Air You Breathe

A Google search of “common cleaners” reveals some often overlooked concerns with cleanliness:

 

“How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaning Supplies?”

 

“8 Hidden Toxins: What’s Lurking in Your Cleaning Products?”

 

“5 Common Household Cleaners Hazardous to Your Health”

 

Cleaners can be anything but clean. In fact, as the titles suggest, common cleaners can be toxic and hazardous to your health. While research into the safety of common cleaners has been slow to get started, the results that have been released are concerning:

 

  • Some cleaning products may contain preservatives that can release low levels of formaldehyde, which causes cancer.
  • Common cleaners can include known carcinogens such as 1,4-dioxine.
  • Some cleaners are capable of causing chemical burns, poisonings, breathing and eye irritations, and allergies.
  • Breathing irritations caused by some common cleaners can induce asthma and other respiratory problems.
  • Despite these concerns and much more, product labels often fail to provide consumers with the type of information needed about the ingredients that would enable informed decision making.

 

One thing that can assist consumers who wish to make the safest choice possible regarding the cleaning agents used in their facilities are independent, third-party certifications. Additional measures that can help ensure a safe environment include careful analysis of your current cleaning program. A green, and safer, cleaning process is just five steps away….

 


While the easiest thing to do if you’re considering a change in the types of products used in your facility is to focus on certifications, here are some common cleaners that function as safer alternatives:

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • cleanersEarth Friendly Products Orange Plus General Purpose Cleaner – This all-purpose cleaner is ideal for use on a daily basis and a variety of surfaces, including hardwood floors, painted surfaces, linoleum, chrome, stainless steel, wood, sealed stone, and more. Third-party, independent certifications for this product include:
    • EPA DfE – The Design for the Envicleanersronment label identifies the “Orange Plus” as a product that relies on safer chemical ingredients without sacrificing quality or performance. The label certifies that every ingredient has been reviewed by EPA scientists and also certifies that this cleaner meets the EPA’s criteria for human health.
    • Biobased Products – This certificationcleaners applies to those products composed in whole, or in significant part, of biological products or renewable agricultural/forestry materials. Substituting biobased products for fossil energy-based products can strengthen an organization’s green purchasing policy and contribute to U.S. energy security.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • cleanersSeventh Generation Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner – This cleaner uses only plant-based surfactants and does not contain petroleum, chlorine, or phosphates. While there is some concern about the ingredients’ potential to cause some respiratory discomfort, the product gets high marks for all of its ingredients taken as a whole. Third-party, independent certifications for this product include:cleaners
    • Biodegradable products/packaging have the ability to break down, safely and quickly, by biological means, into the raw materials of nature.
    • Toxiccleaners products such as phthalates, triclosan, chlorine, and much more can be found in numerous cleaning products and pose a variety of significant health and environmental concerns. Incorporating non-toxic alternatives in the workplace can have a significant impact on indoor air quality as well as human and environmental health.
    • A Ncleanersatural Based product is one that uses ingredients that are close to the original source, produced by a living organism. Such products offer better indoor air quality, fewer risks to human health such as chemical burns, and significantly reduced risks to the health of the environment without sacrificing quality and performance.

Glass and Surface Cleaner

  • cleanersSeventh Generation Free & Clear Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner – Another cleaner from Seventh Generation that only uses plant-derived cleaning agents without the additions of alcohol, petroleum, fragrances, dyes, or masking agents. Third-party, independent certifications for this product also include:cleaners
    • Biodegradable products/packaging have the ability to break down, safely and quickly, by biological means, into the raw materials of nature.
    • Tocleanersxic products such as phthalates, triclosan, chlorine, and much more can be found in numerous cleaning products and pose a variety of significant health and environmental concerns. Incorporating non-toxic alternatives in the workplace can have a significant impact on indoor air quality as well as human and environmental health.
    • A Ncleanersatural Based product is one that uses ingredients that are close to the source, produced by a living organism. Such products offer better indoor air quality, fewer risks to human health such as chemical burns, and significantly reduced risks to the health of the environment without sacrificing quality and performance.

Floor Cleaner

  • cleanersDiversey Neutral Floor Cleaner – This floor cleaner was the 2011 ISSA Innovation Award winner designed for use in healthcare, education, retail, government applications, and more. With its neutral pH balance, it cleans floors without damage to the protective coatings and is capable of cleaning other washable surfaces, including walls. Third-party, independent certifications for this product include:cleaners
    • GREENGUARD certified products have met rigorous emissions standards, having been screened for over 10,000 chemicals, and will contribute to healthier indoor air through reduced Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air when those products fail to meet the stringent standards of GREENGUARD Certification.cleaners
    • The Green Seal mark shows compliance with a strict set of criteria designed to reduce the health and environmental impact of cleaning products and services and are non-toxic.

These products, and a wide array of additional products that utilize independent, third-party certifications, can transform the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) at your facility without requiring you to sacrifice quality or performance. With so many safer alternatives, everyone can breathe easier.

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