I've been working on my annual simplification chore this week. It's the week where I go through each room and closet to gather up those things we aren't using, so I can donate them to charity before the end of the year. It allows me to simplify my life and claim a tax deduction at the same time. So far, I've made it through the kitchen and pantry and I already have several boxes ready to go. I also found at least a box of old cleaning supplies that I don't use anymore. There are so many poisons in cleaning products and in the last year, I've tried to make "greener" choices. I know many of my friends are also buying more environmentally-friendly products too. I wondered if this switch to greener products was having any effect on the products that cleaning companies use when they provide services, so I started surfing around to see what was available. I found a great website that not only provides green cleaning services, like Green Choice carpet cleaning Maryland, it also provides lots of valuable information about cleaning supplies.
EPA. In fact, according to the EPA, SLES causes an increased incidence of cancer in controlled animal studies, and Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS): a toxic ingredient commonly found in carpet cleaning products such as Scotchgard. PFOS was outlawed by the EPA in May 2000, but was replaced by Perfluorobutanesulfonic Acid (PFBS), a precursor to PFOS that is still commonly found in cleaning products to this day. The GreenChoice brand green rug and carpet cleaning products ingredient list includes: Purified Water, Coco Glucoside (from coconut oil and fruit sugar), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (from coconut oil), Sodium Citrate (rock salt), Ethyl Alcohol (from corn), Essential Oils, Potassium Sorbate (biodegradable food-grade preservative). Knowing what they will and won't use for their carpet-cleaning services will help me make better informed decisions about my own home.