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Tips for Choosing Green Commercial Cleaning Products

cleaning-suppliesMore professional cleaning companies are choosing to go green — and for good reason. Green commercial cleaning products are not only better for the environment, they’re better for the long term health and safety of your employees.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult (if not sometimes impossible) to determine if a cleaning product is truly eco-friendly. Terms like “all natural” and “green” are often inaccurate — and because the federal government doesn’t regulate the use of these terms, it can be easy for marketers to perpetuate false claims.

In most cases, the only way to discover the actual ingredients is to read the product’s material safety data sheet (MSDS) — a federally mandated list of ingredients provided to make sure chemical hazards are well-known in the workplace. The list of potentially dangerous cleaning ingredients is endless, but here a few key violators:

  • Alkylphenol
  • Ammonia
  • Butyl Cellosolve (Butyl Glycol, Ethylene Glycol, Monobutyl)
  • Chlorine Bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite)
  • Glycol Ethers (Ethylene Glycol Mono-butyl Ether, EGBE or 2-butoxyethanol)
  • Monoethanolamine (MEA)
  • Diethanolamine (DEA) or Triethanolamine (TEA)
  • Phenols; Phosphates
  • Phthalates (fragrances)
  • Triclosan

In addition to checking on the ingredients list, we suggest following some of the guidelines below:

  • Ingredients should be natural — derived from plants and minerals. There should be no petroleum-derived or petrochemical ingredients listed on the label.
  • Green cleaning products should be safe for septic tanks and gray matter.
  • Green cleaning products should be free of any known carcinogens, mutagens teratogens and endocrine disruptors.
  • Ingredients should be biodegradable (dissolved easily within the environment without destroying nature) and non-corrosive.

Do you still have questions about green commercial cleaning products? Contact National Purity today!

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