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Easy Ways to Detox Your Office Cleaning Products | ServiceMaster Clean Tips for Pittsburgh, PA

July 29th, 2015 · No Comments

You’ve heard the phrase “detox” before. People will go on a detoxifying diet to remove toxins from their bodies. Why stop there? Toxins don’t just enter your body through consumption; they also enter via inhalation and through the pores of your skin. That is why ServiceMaster Clean® recommends performing a “detox” of your office cleaning products. Minimizing harmful chemical agents benefit everyone at the office. Here are some tips for Pittsburgh businesses on how you can attempt to detoxify your office’s cleaning products.

Potentially harmful chemical agents to watch out for in your products’ ingredients lists:

  • Phthalates: Found in many fragranced products such as air fresheners, dish soap, and even toilet paper, phthalates can trigger migraines, asthma, and damage the endocrine system.
  • Perchloroethylene or “PERC”: Found in dry cleaning solutions, spot removers, and carpet and upholstery cleaners, PERC can cause dizziness, loss of coordination, and other disorienting symptoms.
  • Triclosan: Found in most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps that are labeled “antibacterial”, triclosan is an aggressive agent that can disrupt endocrine function and is a probable carcinogen.
  • Butoxyethanol: Found in window and multipurpose cleaners, butoxyethanol has been attributed to sore throats, narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage.
  • Ammonia: Found in polishing agents and glass cleaner, ammonia has caused chronic bronchitis and asthma due to long-term exposure.
  • Chlorine: Found in toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, and scouring powders, chlorine cause acute respiratory irritation as well as chronic thyroid issues.
  • Sodium Hydroxide: Found in drain openers and oven cleaners, sodium hydroxide is extremely corrosive and can lead to skin irritation, burns, and sore throat.

Now for the good news! Here are some natural cleaners that are not only better for your health, but many of these can already be found in your office or home:

  • Vinegar: White, distilled vinegar is great for general cleaning, deodorizing, and degreasing. Vinegar is great for cleaning walls, mirrors, and toilets.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda works great as a mild abrasive and deodorizer. To freshen carpets, you can add a few drops of essential oil to a box of baking soda, stir, sprinkle on the carpet, allow it to sit for thirty minutes, and then vacuum.
  • Castile Soap: Castile soap is a gentle soap made from vegetable fat/oil such as hemp, palm, or olive. It is a versatile cleaner that works well alone or with other ingredients. Castile soap is great for surfaces such as counter tops, hardwood floors, and bathrooms.
  • Essential Oils: Essential oils are concentrated plant oils that contain powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-biotic, and anti-fungal properties. While these oils can sometimes be expensive, one small bottle will last a long time.

These products are inexpensive and provide the same great level of cleaning. If you are looking to “detox” your office cleaning products, we hope the recommendations above will help get you started. If you are looking for a professional office cleaning company in Pittsburgh that provides environmentally conscious services, call ServiceMaster Clean. Our staff uses green products that will keep your facility clean and your employees healthy. Contact any of our technicians for more information on our green cleaning services.


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