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Can A Cleaning Service Be Green?

By Sebrina Zerkus Smith |
If you’re fortunate enough to be able to afford a cleaning service, you may want to consider a company that embraces a greener ethic.

Well, maybe. If you consider all the fuel used to drive from job to job, you might wonder if the service you’re using is really as green as they proclaim. But some cleaning services are using more fuel efficient vehicles and many are using more eco-friendly cleaning products to do the dirty job that no one really wants to do.

So, if you’re fortunate enough to be able to afford a cleaning service, you may want to consider a company that embraces a greener ethic. It may be better for your family, and it will certainly be better for the Planet. Here are a three options.

The Green Maid is committed to providing quality green cleaning services that keep toxins out of the air, water and soil. The Green Maid limits the use of VOCs and replaces them with cleaners that are biodegradable and toxin-free. They are certified by Green Seal.org, a non-profit organization, founded in 1989, to provide science-based environmental certification standards.

Green&Clean is a regional service based out of Atlanta, GA. They use green certified cleaning brands you’ve probably heard of like Seventh Generation, Ecover and Earth Friendly, and promote a philosophy of simple, green cleaning. “We believe simple choices in cleaning products can make a huge difference in your family's health and your community's environment.”

Green Force, located in San Francisco, has been providing a greener cleaning since 1993. A worker-owned company, they boast contracts with Starbucks and Polo Ralph Lauren, as well as servicing individual residences. Their philosophy is one of reducing exposure to toxins within the home and office environment, and of maintaining carbon neutrality throughout the cleaning process. Green Force makes a donation to The Carbonfund to offset their carbon emissions after each service date and use eco-conscious vehicles company-wide.


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