Green cleaning myths

There are a lot of misinformation out there regarding green cleaning.  When something becomes trendy, everyone will try to find a way to make money from it.  Consumers are willing to pay a premium for anything “green”, “organic”, “natural”, or “environmentally friendly”.

It can be almost impossible to discern between facts and misleading claims.  There is little regulation on cleaning manufacturers using the terms “green”, “natural”, or “organic” and they are not required to disclose all ingredients on their labels or websites.  A manufacturer can claim that their product is healthier and natural, while still using toxic chemicals, and be totally legal.  This is called greenwashing, the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.

The only way to determine how safe a product is would be to read the product’s material safety data sheet (MSDS).  Even after reading the MSDS, a person would not be able to understand the ingredient names and industry terms.  You can research healthy products by using EWG Guide to Healthy Cleaning and the Environmental Protection Agency.  They are not entirely effective because some manufacturers can be missed and they have different criteria and standards for green approval.

Here are some myths regarding green cleaning:

Myth 1: All cleaning products labeled “green” or “natural” are safe and non-toxic.  You can verify if a product is really green by going to third party organizations like Green Seal, EcoLogo, DfE, Green Guard, and LEED. 

Reality: “Green”, “natural”, “biodegradable” are marketing tactics used by manufacturers to sell their product.  Those labels are not regulated.

Myth 2: Green cleaners do not work as well as traditional cleaners.

Reality: Most work as good as, or better than traditional cleaners.  Many third party organizations such as Green Seal, EcoLogo, and DfE has standards regarding the product’s performance.

Myth 3: Green cleaning costs more than traditional cleaning.

Reality: Some green cleaners is the same price wise as regular cleaners.  Even if some are more expensive, you have to factor in the cost of being sick.  How much does your health cost?  Some toxins will not be dangerous right away, but will build up in your system for years.

As for businesses, many feel pressured to go green but are afraid of the costs.  Going green can actually save the business money in the long run.  It can reduce work place injuries, sick days, decrease workers’ compensation claims, and lower insurance costs.  Conventional cleaning products are highly toxic and require strict disposal regulation, which requires more employee training.  Going green can minimize the disposal costs as well as the costs of employee training and liability.

Myth 4: Green cleaners cannot disinfect.

Reality: There are actually a few disinfectants out there that are environmentally friendly and are not harmful to children and pets.

Tips to look for when buying green:

  1. Look for green certified logos on the label.
  2. Ingredients should be deprived from plants or minerals.
  3. Product must not be derived from petroleum or chemicals related to petroleum.
  4. Choose fragrance free, or make sure the fragrance is naturally derived.
  5. Ingredients should be biodegradable.
  6. Avoid labels with the words “warning”, “flammable”, “corrosive”, “poison”, etc.
  7. It should not be tested on animals or be derived from animals.
  8. It should not contribute to greenhouse gases or contribute to ozone depletion.

Why choose us:

At mopology, we only use the most effective green cleaners that are tough on dirt and germs, but are safe for our children and pets.  Our products completely disinfect surfaces that harbor a lot of germs such as surfaces in the toilet and kitchen.  When we say we are green, we mean it!  We are saving the environment and it’s people one house at a time.