Green cleaning can benefit any type of facility, but if you manage a healthcare facility, making the switch to more sustainable cleaning methods can make your space safer and healthier. Cleaning is essential for preventing healthcare associated infections (HAIs), but some cleaning practices can actually have a negative effect due to the use of toxic chemicals. Instead of improving conditions in your facility, these practices can actually harm your patients and medical staff.
Going green involves using products made from eco-friendly ingredients instead of those laden with toxins that can cause skin and respiratory problems. A more sustainable approach to cleaning also includes choosing products that are biodegradable and help conserve precious natural resources.
In healthcare facilities, choosing green practices has the following benefits:
Reduced health hazards.
Contacting and inhaling toxic chemicals can cause a plethora of health issues. Switching to green products eliminates these compounds and chemicals and can significantly reduce the risk of asthma and skin conditions.
Increased safety for staff.
Your cleaning staff experiences long-term exposure to cleaning compounds. If these compounds contain toxic chemicals, they are at risk to neurological impairments, cancer and other serious health concerns.
Reduced carbon footprint.
Green cleaning is eco-friendly! Choosing sustainable products means your carbon footprint will be lower, which benefits the entire planet.
Making the switch to green cleaning products and practices can cost more money upfront, but in the long run, green cleaning is less expensive, often because the focus is on reusable products that work more efficiently than their traditional counterparts. For example, swapping your regular loop mop to a microfiber mop can lower water and chemical use by 95% and reduce labor by 20% a day. These changes can result in a lifetime savings of 60% for mops!