We all know how important cleaning is for our health and safety. The question is, why do commercial and industrial cleaning chemicals contain harsh toxins that can lead to serious health conditions? Some of the risks include eye irritation, skin rashes, headaches, and breathing problems. In fact, there are a few cleaning chemicals that have been pulled off the shelf for posing a cancer risk.
Furthermore, harsh cleaning chemicals present an environmental risk as they trickle into water sources and negatively impact water quality. Many are manufactured with archaic processes that require a lot of energy and waste to produce. Modern businesses are more aware of the health and environmental risks associated with using toxic industrial cleaning chemicals and are looking for better ways to keep their facilities clean.
What are eco-friendly cleaning products?
By definition, ‘eco-friendly’ products are designed to have little or no damage to the environment. From the way they are made, packaged, and used, eco-friendly or green cleaning products are safe for humans and the environment.
Most commercial and industrial cleaning products contain harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, ethylene, and glycol, to name a few. Simply inhaling VOCs or touching a surface that has recently been cleaned with a product that contains VOCs exposes a person to health risks.
Eco-friendly cleaning products are free of VOCs, artificial fragrances, and artificial colours, and are made and packaged in a way that produces less harm to the environment.
The benefits of using eco-friendly cleaning products
Although scientists have been researching and formulating greener cleaning products since the 1970s, the switch from traditional cleaning chemicals to more eco-friendly products has been slow and steady. Some of the reasons for this is that the first eco-friendly products to hit the market was not as effective and were offered at a much higher price point.
Thankfully, green cleaning has come a long way since the 1970s. Today, eco-friendly cleaning products are just as effective, if not more effective, than their toxic counterparts. Green cleaning chemicals break the bonds of dirt, grease, and other residues to make them easier to rinse away and wipe. They are now offered at a comparable price point, a great value considering that they are safer and healthier for humans and the environment.
Some of the benefits of using eco-friendly cleaning products include:
- Reduced health hazards and risks to employees
- A better carbon footprint for companies
- Improved reputation and rapport with customers and clients
- Cost-effective, as green products are often very concentrated
Where to find quality eco-friendly cleaning products
‘Eco-friendly’, ‘green’, and ‘sustainable’ have become buzzwords as more and more consumers want to work with companies that are doing their part for the environment. Unfortunately, this has created what’s called ‘greenwashing’ where companies want to cash in on this trend and make generic claims without the credentials or certifications to support them.
When purchasing eco-friendly cleaning products, beware of greenwashing and only buy from reputable sources. At Apple Cleaning Supplies, we make sure all of our green cleaning products are backed by ECOLOGO® so our customers know that they are receiving effective cleaning chemicals that are better for the environment and safer for humans to use.
Contact us to learn more or to switch to green cleaning chemicals today.