“Green Cleaning” has been the buzz phrase in many restaurant circles for quite some time.
But do you know that cleaning your restaurant with eco-friendly products will not only save you money but help preserve the environment as well?
Non-hazardous. Environmentally friendly. Cost savings. Highly effective. Commercially usable.
These are all elements that make green cleaning highly attractive in the restaurant industry.
Green Cleaning Really Works
There is a common myth that environmentally friendly cleaning products are not as effective at cleaning and sanitizing as the toxic and caustic cleaners traditionally used in the foodservice industry.
Innovations And Developments
At one time that may have been true, but new innovations and developments in the green cleaning industry has made these eco-friendly products just as potent or even more so than the harsh, industrial cleaners.
These non-toxic cleaners work by breaking down the actual chemical bonds that bind grease, food residue, fuel oil, and other debris together.
Once these bonds have been ruptured, it becomes much easier to wash away this dirt and debris.
Tips on Implementing Green Cleaning in Your Restaurant (While Saving You Money):
Buy in bulk
Purchase your green cleaning products in bulk concentrate form and dilute them on site at your restaurant.
This helps save you money but will also reduce the amount of container waste you throw away. Better yet is to reuse the bulk containers the next time you need to refill them.
Substitute common ingredients for the toxic cleaners
Not only can these common ingredients be significant cost savers, they can also be powerful allies in cleaning and sanitizing your establishment.
Don’t underestimate the potency of these everyday heroes. For example…
Vinegar-based glass cleaners in place of commercial cleaners filled with ammonia.
Citrus-based solvents can replace the typical petroleum-based ones.
Baking soda, borax, and soap are highly effective as oven cleaners.
Hydrogen peroxide can be used as an alternative to bleach-based cleaners for disinfecting food preparation countertops.
Use microfiber rags and mops to clean surfaces and floors
Some consider microfiber technology the miracle worker of cleaning.
Not only are they reusable, but they require less water and cleaning products to do the same job as conventional cleaning aids such as cloths, mops, and paper towels. This can only mean cost reductions all around.
Use natural foaming soaps for handwashing
These natural alternatives to anti-bacterial liquid soaps can last up to eight times longer and are just as effective at removing harmful bacteria on your hands. They also offer tremendous cost savings for your budget.
Borax or osage orange are effective deterrents for keeping pest problems at bay while avoiding the toxic and often expensive insecticide baits and chemicals that are commonly used.
Integrated Pest Management is also another effective pest management control that use prevention methods like reducing access to food and water to minimize insect infestations.
What If You Can’t Avoid All Toxic Cleaners
If you must use conventional cleaners, keep these tips in mind…
- Choose cleaning products that will multitask so you can keep the quantity of cleaners you use to a minimum.
- Install dilution control systems to control the amount of cleaner you use. This eliminates free pouring and can reduce your chemical usage by 40%.
- Reduce chemical exposure in the air by spraying cleaners directly on the cloth rather than on the surface to be cleaned. Avoid misters as well and use direct sprays.
Talk to your supplier on how you can use less overall cleaning products by learning how to use the correct cleaners in the right way.
Bring your chemical supplier in for a few hours to train your staff on the proper usage which will help you avoid enormous product waste and substantially reduce your costs.
Consider getting a free chemical audit by your local restaurant association or supplier.
This audit can help assess your chemical management system, identify areas for improvement, and offer
Properly dispose of unused toxic cleaners according to the chemical disposal guidelines in your area.
Green cleaning is possible for your restaurant and there are many eco-friendly options that you can choose from that are quick, simple, effective, and can save you money in the process.