Natural vs Chemical Products – What’s best for your business?
You probably have already come across cleaning products that have been labeled as ‘green’, ‘eco-friendly’ & ‘biodegradable’, these terms usually refer to products that are nontoxic, noncorrosive and noncarcinogenic. Many people are intrigued by the concept of Eco-Friendly cleaning, of those some are skeptical – can natural products and ingredients really clean as efficiently as chemically based products? How do natural cleaning products compare to traditional chemical products, is there REALLY a difference?
When looking for chemical free products you may also want to look for “Green Seal” certification for more rigorous eco-friendly standards. Certification is voluntary, so some eco-friendly cleaning products may carry no certifications at all but are still safe and effective.
Eco-Friendly Products products offer a thorough, deep clean without the harmful odors and residue that are often left behind after harsh, commercial chemicals are used. The benefits associated with using greener, environmentally friendly cleaners go far beyond the elimination of toxic fumes. In some cases, they may actually be able to preserve the surfaces of custom-made, high-end equipment/furniture making them look their best and perform better for longer periods of time.
There are many benefits that come with using eco-friendly products, one of the benefits is that they provide a fresher, cleaner environment without the lingering odors often associated with many harsher cleaning chemicals. Environmentally friendly cleaners are often created with citrus and other aromatic ingredients that leave the entire work area smelling fresh and clean, this makes it pleasant for workers as pleasant smells have been shown to produce a calmer working environment and boost productivity levels.
Green cleaning products go far beyond helping the natural world we live in. They also offer benefits within our work environment that allow your staff to work more efficiently and have a better overall outlook about where they spend the majority of their days. Nontoxic cleaners will not only brighten your workplace but will also improve the atmosphere.
DIY Cleaning Products
Making your own eco-friendly cleaning products from scratch is also something to consider, it’s cheap and cheerful. With a little lemon juice, baking soda and table salt, you can make your own all-purpose cleaning sprays, furniture polish, carpet cleaner and surface disinfectants. The ingredients are readily available and with simple products such as plain vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and citric acid, it’s easy enough for people to create. Here are some simple recipes to experiment –
All purpose cleaner: To keep tiles, bathroom panels, mirrors, windows and bathroom and kitchen surfaces clean, mix together ½ cup of vinegar, ¼ cup bicarbonate of soda and 2 litres of water, and apply with a spray bottle.
Limescale remover: A solution of citric acid diluted 1 part to 10 in water is very effective at removing limescale from showers and taps. This mixture can be kept in a spray bottle and used any time.
Fabric softener: A cup of baking soda added to the washing machine wash cycle will soften fabrics such as cleaning cloths.
Fortunately, there are now several mainstream manufacturers across the UK, Europe and America producing readily available green cleaning supplies. These products are manufactured using non-toxic chemicals and are packaged within biodegradable containers. Purchasing these types of green cleaning products will reduce your carbon footprint and conserve natural resources. Here are a list of brands that we recommend –
- Bio D
- Earth Friendly
- Eco Force
- Eco Leaf
If you have concerns about the chemicals that your business is using, it may be time to switch to a less toxic, greener version of clean. Contact us on 02078034777 or check out our website for more information.