It seems since the documentary, An Inconvenient Truth going green has been all the rage. Many companies are now offering green cleaning products and cleaning companies are offering green cleaning.
Green cleaning is important for one’s health and the environment, but before buying environmentally friendly cleaning products it’s important to know that the green cleaning products one will use actually work and are really environmentally friendly and not just advertising that they are. The following are criteria I recommend using to know which products are really green and which products actually clean:
It’s important when looking for green cleaning supplies to find environmentally friendly cleaning solutions that contain as few ingredients as possible. And also with as few ingredients that sound like they are scientific names and unpronounceable chemicals in them as possible. The more natural the ingredients are (as opposed to synthetically created ingredients) the better.
Green cleaning products don’t have to list what ingredients are in their products since listing them would give away their “secret formula.” Though green cleaning products don’t have to mention the ingredients they contain, there are green cleaning products which do. It’s best to only use green cleaning products that list the ingredients they use; this is because if you know what are in the products, you can find out if the cleaning solutions are actually green and can actually clean. Also, if a cleaning manufacturer cares about providing environmentally friendly products (as opposed to selling green cleaning because they are popular with consumers) than they wouldn’t feel the need to have a “secret formula” but would want their consumers to know that the products they are buying are actually green. After all, if a cleaning product is hiding what the product contains there is probably a reason why. It’s important to be a little skeptical when looking for green cleaning supplies.
When looking at the ingredients of green cleaning products it’s important to make sure that the products have materials that don’t hurt the ozone, to make sure the ingredients are biodegradable, contain no bleach, no phosphates, no (or at least very low) VOCs (volatile organic compounds), no substances that come from petroleum, but use renewable resources instead, no added dyes (except for safety reasons). It’s also important to make sure that the products don’t have any added fragrances (just because a product smell clean doesn’t mean it is. Added scents are put into products to portray added cleanliness, but in reality, a clean scent doesn’t make something cleaner than something that lacks a clean smell).
Though a clean smell doesn’t mean something is clean, in the case of green cleaning it’s important to judge a book by its cover. It’s important to make sure that the packaging of the product is recyclable. After all, if a product really cares about the environment wouldn’t they want to make the product come in a recyclable packaging?
Another thing to look for is if the cleaning product comes in a concentrated formula where you add water and does the package have instructions for how much water to add? Also, does the product come with refillable bottles and if so does the package mention how to buy refills?
Other Important Things to Look For:
Price-It’s best to check out similar green cleaning products and if a product costs more than other similar products, it’s best to find out why. Why pay for than you need to? If a product seems to be expensive, it’s best to know that it’s worth it before hand and to see if the product is integral or if it can be replaced with another similar cleaning solution.
Performance-It’s important to make sure that what you are buying works. Why go on a blind purchase (unless you are sure that the product you’re getting is environmentally friendly and cleans well). It’s important to Google the product and check out reviews to hear what other people have to say before one buys the product.
Another important factor is to make sure that the product wasn’t test on animals; many green cleaning products follow this rule and don’t test their product on animals.
If you are interested in hiring a professional cleaning company that offers green cleaning, make sure the green cleaning products they use are really environmentally friendly and work. Look at the ingredients, check the packaging to make sure the packaging the product uses is recyclable.
Now that you know what to look for when hiring a professional green cleaning company and green cleaning products, the staff at Champion Cleaning Solutions would like to wish you must luck in being happy with the green cleaning products you buy. We hope the green cleaning products do as good a job
(if not better) at cleaning. Good Luck! Continue reading