The Occupational Health and Safety Administration warns that exposure to these chemicals may cause eye, skin, and lung irritation, as well as headaches, dizziness, and nosebleeds. If your school uses traditional commercial cleaning products, everyone in the building is being exposed to their chemical ingredients on a daily basis. When those chemicals are dumped down the drain during clean-up, they also make their way into the water supply, causing an even wider ripple effect on the health of the local population, wildlife, and environment.
Green cleaning products, on the other hand, are safer for the environment and less harmful to your health. However, just because a label says a product is “green” doesn’t necessarily mean it is. True green products are certified by reputable independent programs, such as Green Seal, EPA Safer Choice, ECOLOGO, and other product-specific certifications. Approval from a third party ensures that a green cleaning solution’s ingredient list meets certain environmental and safety standards.
In addition to reduced risks to our health and the environment, green cleaners are also better for your floors. Long-term use of harsh, corrosive chemicals may damage flooring over time. Green cleaning products may cost a little more than traditional cleaners up front, but you’ll save tons of money in the long run by avoiding the cost of stripping and replacing expensive school and gym floors.