First Attempt at Comprehensive Database of Household Cleaning Products

The Environmental Working Group has been teasing us for about six months about their new Guide to Healthy Cleaning. EWG scientists have examined in the laboratory and rated for safety over 2000 household cleaning products, from laundry detergent to bathroom cleaner to air freshener. And, yes, some of these include the professional products used by [...]

The Chain of Infection, from Modern Cleaning: The Evolution of Chemical Free Cleaning

excerpt from Modern Cleaning: The Evolution of Chemical Free Cleaning, by Janice and Tom Stewart © 2011 The Chain of Infection The presence of a pathogenic microorganism does not automatically mean someone will get sick. For sickness to result from a pathogen, several other conditions must be met. The microorganism must get inside the human body, [...]

Conflicting Reports on Triclosan…the active ingredient in hand sanitizer

In this week’s Infection Control Today Hand Hygiene Update (8/20/2012), ICT shared two reports on Triclosan…conflicting reports. Triclosan is a synthetically-produced chemical widely used in products claiming antibacterial or antimicrobial properties: hand soaps, hand sanitizers, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, soap, shampoo, baby wipes, bedding, clothes, carpets, toys, and trash bags. Triclosan has been featured nearly every year in [...]

By |2017-08-30T00:31:12+00:00August 21st, 2012|Cleaning Chemistry, Healthy Cleaning, Hygienic Cleaning|

A White Glove Inspection for the Invisible: Integrated Cleaning and Measurement

By Alan Bigger Many years ago while serving in the military I was exposed to a foreign concept, the "White Glove" inspection.  The purpose of the inspection by our military instructors was to determine if our rooms were clean.   In 1982, while working in a hospital, I learned from infection control practitioners that even though [...]

Clean Has NO Smell: What’s in that Air Freshener Anyway?

by CeCe Mikell, Institute for Service Excellence As a kid, I was assigned the chore of cleaning the whole house between getting out of school and when Mom got home on Friday afternoons. It didn’t take me long to discover that her satisfaction level with my cleaning had more to do with the power of [...]

Measuring Clean is a Way to Protect and Maybe Improve Our Health!

By Vince Elliott Sitting in class not too long ago, students sneezed, coughed, bled and touched their way through each day and didn't think twice about it. You know how it was: what you couldn't see wouldn't hurt you. How things have changed. Given today's health risks, 'out of sight, out of mind' just isn't [...]

Profile of the Ideal Chemical Free Cleaner

The healthcare profession has long held a reasonably common set of criteria for the ideal disinfectant: be fast acting, even in the presence of organic substances, such as those in body fluid (resistant to inactivation) be effective against all types of infectious agents without destroying tissues or acting as a poison if ingested (broadly active) [...]

The Importance of Product Testing by Your Home Cleaning Company

We love to talk about the ways to reduce unnecessary additives in our lives and procedures…that’s why we developed the first Chemical Free Cleaning procedure for residential cleaning. But the first thing we do when presented with any new product is to test the claims made by the manufacturer. Product testing doesn’t have to be [...]

Engineered Water Alternatives

As science progresses, chemical-based cleaning is becoming a part of our past.  We are now seeing several chemical free cleaning alternatives becoming available.  Engineered water solutions are among the top on the list.  Ionized water and deionized water are two types of engineered water which utilize ONLY water, whereas, electrolyzed water and aqueous ozone are water based [...]

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