Americans spend a lot of money each year on products to keep their home clean, protected from germs and smelling fresh. However, many cleaning products contain ingredients that are both dangerous for the environment, your family and pets. Green cleaning products are one of the best solutions to improve the health of your home as well as reduce the impact on the environment. At ServiceMaster of Decorah in Decorah, IA, we feel it’s important to offer certified green cleaning products that are safe for humans, their pets and the environment.
Certified Green Cleaning Products
Currently, ingredient labels are not required by law for cleaning products. Some companies choose to be upfront and share their ingredient list, while others opt for a partial list or complete secrecy. ServiceMaster of Decorah only uses products certified by Environmental Choice and Green Seal, two of the leading environmental organizations.
We use detergent-free cleaning products with FDA-approved ingredient lists. These green products do not have surfactants or wetting agents, which often contain chemicals harmful to the environment. Cleaning agents containing chemicals such as phosphorus and nitrogen travel down the drain and into your area’s water supply, creating adverse effects.
Certified green cleaning products are ideal for anyone suffering from asthma or various allergies because they don’t contain VOCs. As noted by the EPA, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gasses emitted from some cleaning solutions which can have both short and long-term health effects. VOCs can be released by thousands of different products including paint strippers, pesticides and household cleaning products. ServiceMaster Clean green cleaning products contain no VOCs and:
- Are odorless and solvent free
- Have no corrosive ingredients
- Use less detergent to reduce residue
- Offer superior cleaning strength while reducing environmental impact
Green Cleaning Tips
In between professional cleanings, you can still clean green. Ditch the chemical-laden cleaners and opt for more natural cleaning agents such as baking soda, distilled white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice. Baking soda and white vinegar mixed together as a paste cleans grout, while hydrogen peroxide is ideal for removing coffee rings from counter tops. Add lemon juice to an in-sink disposal to keep it smelling fresh.
Green Carpet Cleaning
Did you know that green carpet cleaning is equally effective as traditional carpet cleaning? It will leave your carpets brighter and smelling fresh without the use of chemicals that can trigger asthma and various allergy symptoms.
If you’re ready to try green cleaning in your home, including healthier green carpet cleaning, call 563-382-9888 for a ServiceMaster of Decorah professional. We’re committed to helping you go green.