Why It's Important to Use Non-Toxic Cleaners for Commercial Buildings

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

As a business owner with good intentions, you might be wondering what the hype is around non-toxic cleaners. Are they really better than conventional cleaners? Are green cleaning formulas worth your investment?

The answer to both questions is yes. If you're still using toxic cleaning products, you are putting everyone in your space at risk. Traditional cleaning formulas cause health issues and environmental damage.

The idea that non-toxic cleaning products are more expensive is false. Often, the cost is comparable and they are just as effective as stronger chemicals.

Thinking about making the switch to botanical cleaners for commercial cleaning? Keep reading to learn more about healthy cleaning products, and why using them is one of the best decisions you can make.

What Qualifies as a Non-Toxic Cleaner?

Navigating the wide array of non-toxic cleaners on the market can be overwhelming. There are dozens of options available, and they are not well-regulated. Labels like "plant-based," "green," and "all-natural" have very little meaning.

Greenwashing is spreading misinformation about a product's sustainability. It is extremely common in the cleaning product industry. Product labels rarely include the information customers need to make informed decisions.

So what should you look for in a non-toxic cleaner? First, check the ingredient list. Responsible companies will share their ingredients, so you can do your own research. All PURTEQ® labels provide a list of active ingredients.

Ignore marketing claims that a cleaner is safe unless you have looked up each ingredient. This takes a bit of legwork, but protecting your team is worth the effort.

Of course, you should also choose an effective product. There's no point in buying botanical cleaners that don't kill bacteria and viruses. Be sure to clean your space with an EPA-registered List N disinfectant like FRESCH™.

Non-Toxic Cleaners Are Safer

If you own or lease a commercial space, your employees and visitors spend time there daily. Making responsible cleaning product choices will keep your people healthy. Repetitive exposure to cleaning chemicals can lead to asthma, birth defects, and even cancer.

Janitors are especially vulnerable since they come in direct contact with cleaners daily. Let's take a closer look at some of the health risks posed by conventional cleaning formulas.

Respiratory Challenges

Many conventional cleaners contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are released into the air, leading to poor indoor air quality. Most VOCs are dangerous if inhaled.

VOCs can stick around for a long time. When they are released, it can take up to 3 months for air quality to return to normal.

Studies show that fumes released by toxic cleaning products can cause asthma and other respiratory problems. For individuals diagnosed with asthma, exposure to VOCs can trigger attacks.

Exposure to Carcinogens

You might be surprised to learn that popular cleaning products often contain carcinogens. 1,4-dioxane is a common culprit.

Other toxic cleaners are formulated with preservatives that release cancer-causing formaldehyde. Yes, the same formaldehyde scientists use to preserve biological specimens. A study by the Silent Spring Institute found that women who used cleaning products frequently were more likely to get breast cancer.

Birth Defects

According to the New York State Department of Health, children of janitors are more likely to be born with birth defects.

Glycol ethers are an ingredient in heavy-duty cleaning formulas and degreasers. They are linked to fetal irregularities.

Skin Irritation

Eczema and dermatitis are common health problems for janitors. It is also possible for harsh cleaning compounds to cause chemical burns.

Other Health Risks

There is still much work to be done to understand how cleaning products affect human health. Toxic cleaners likely impact the brain, nervous system, and even hormone regulation.

However, one thing is clear. Non-toxic cleaning solutions are so much safer for humans than traditional formulas. PURTEQ® uses plant and mineral-derived active ingredients. Our cleaning system eliminates the need to worry about harming your team.

Botanical Cleaners Are Eco-Friendly

Non-toxic, botanical cleaners are easier on the environment than chemical-based cleaning products.

In addition to destroying indoor air quality, the VOCs in toxic cleaners contribute to ozone layer depletion. They also cause outdoor air pollution. The ingredients used in traditional cleaners are often formulated from non-renewable, non-biodegradable sources.

When toxic chemicals are washed down the drain, they end up in waterways, where they affect aquatic species. Alkylphenol ethoxylate, a common cleaning ingredient, is an endocrine disruptor. It can interfere with wildlife's ability to reproduce.

It is even possible for cleaning chemicals to end up in seafood and our human water supply.

Non-toxic cleaning systems such as PURTEQ® make use of ingredients derived from nature. FRESCH™, our multi-purpose cleaner, cleans and deodorizes surfaces using Thymol.

Thymol comes from the herb thyme. The Environmental Protection Agency does not list any adverse effects.

Botanical cleaners also tend to be biodegradable. Because they are highly concentrated, they require less packaging than conventional products.

More Reasons to Choose Non-Toxic Cleaners

Environmental and human health are excellent reasons to choose non-toxic cleaning formulas. But there are more benefits to consider.

Botanical cleaners are less abrasive than industrial-strength compounds. This means less wear and tear on your property and furniture over time. Caring for your belongings can lead to significant cost savings.

Most chemical cleaners leave a lingering, unpleasant smell. Your employees and clients will love the gentle scent of our cleaning formulas. With botanical cleaners, commercial cleaning for business spaces can be enjoyable!

Making responsible cleaning choices is also a great way to boost your company's reputation. Be sure to communicate with your staff and customers about your efforts to support their well-being.

Using PURTEQ® Is an Effective Way to Make a Difference

Non-toxic cleaners are safe, effective, and efficient. If you're not already using them for your commercial cleaning needs, what are you waiting for? Making the change is a no-brainer.

You'll be happy to learn that all PURTEQ® products are also cost-effective. Request a quote today to learn more about how we can support your business.