Green cleaning; what to avoid

June 25th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

Cleaners across the country are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental damage conventional products are having, but many struggle to formulate plans to oust chemical concoctions in favour of natural solutions.

Most conventional cleaning products have been designed to give a quick fix to our cleaning chores, but in doing so, they may be harming the environment by using high levels of toxic chemicals. But if you want to green your routine, you don't have to sacrifice cleanliness—or even a pleasing scent.

Green cleaning expert Laurie Williams recently talked to USA Today about how to make cleaning procedures more eco friendly. "Natural solutions can actually clean more effectively, cost less and keep your family healthier," she said, adding that many ingredients for alternative solutions are readily available; baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar, soda and Borax all make fantastic eco alternatives.

So what should you look out for when it comes to conventional cleaning products? Unlike food, cleaning products are not required by law to list ingredients, making it harder to know exactly what is in that spray bottle. However, there are some common red flags. When you find a list, scan for items you recognise, such as hydrogen peroxide. Excessive warnings generally suggest there are harmful pollutants involved, and you should look to avoid products that are petroleum or phosphate based.

Using microfiber cloths can be a great way of cutting chemicals out altogether. They use a fine weave that picks up dust and dirt without much more than a dampening of water. Remember, many scented products don’t eliminate odours so much as mask them, and in order to get the workplace or house smelling nice, you need to get to the route of the problem.