Going Green: Sustainable Practices for Businesses in the Cleaning Industry

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Usually “Going Green” as a Cleaning Business is a personal choice. Someone, somewhere said something and it got them thinking about a lot of things!

Sometimes it is a “I want to make less impact on the chemicals that go down the drain of the homes that we clean.”

Other times it’s a “I want to make sure that my Cleaning Tech’s are not being exposed to harsh chemicals.”

And then there are the “sensitives", the ones who used harsh chemicals in the past and are extremely sensitive to smells and/or exposure and are looking for a clean alternative to use while cleaning themselves or having their clients’ homes cleaned.

Benefits of Green Cleaning:

1. Healthier Indoor Environment:

  • Green cleaning products are typically less toxic than traditional cleaning products, reducing the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals for both cleaning technicians, homeowners and pets.

2. Environmental Sustainability:

  • Green cleaning products are made from renewable resources and are biodegradable and/or are completely natural, reducing their impact on the environment.

3. Cost Savings:

  • While green cleaning products may initially be more expensive than traditional products, they often require less product to achieve the same level of cleanliness, resulting in cost savings over time.
  • Green cleaning can also reduce the risk of costly health problems associated with exposure to toxic chemicals.

Being “Green” is also a positioning move as well as a branding opportunity for your Cleaning Business:

1.Do your research to see who a green product is really and who is not a green product:

  • Switch to green cleaning products that are certified by reputable organizations such as Green Seal or Eco Logo.
  • Look for products that are concentrated or come in refillable containers to reduce packaging waste.

2. Conserve Water and Energy:

  • Use water-efficient cleaning methods, such as microfiber mops and cloths, to reduce water consumption.
  • Turn off equipment when not in use and use energy-efficient lighting and appliances to reduce energy consumption.

3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:

  • Minimize waste generation by using reusable cleaning tools and equipment where possible. -No paper towels!
  • Implement a recycling program for materials such as paper, plastic, and cardboard at your office, then make sure they really do get recycled.

4. Educate and Train Employees:

  • Provide training for your cleaning technicians on green cleaning practices and the importance of sustainability and not over-pour the portions necessary for the chemical to water ratio.
  • Encourage employees to be mindful of their environmental impact and look for ways to reduce waste and conserve resources.

Implementing these sustainable practices can not only benefit the environment but also enhance your business's reputation and appeal to eco-conscious customers. By taking steps to go green, you can demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and differentiate your business in the competitive cleaning industry.

You can hear this episode of CBL (Cleaning Business Life) podcast here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/2155653/14956877

Shannon can be reached at https://kleanfreaksuniversity.com/

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