Conventional cleaning products used in schools can contain a wide variety of harmful chemicals that have been linked to asthma, cancer, and other negative health effects. The potential for these chemicals to pollute indoor air and impair the health and comfort of students and staff cannot be dismissed.
Thankfully, safer cleaning products are just as effective and affordable as conventional cleaning supplies, and are carried by all major distributors in Vermont. Even Vermont’s state buildings are already required to use green cleaning products as the result of the Clean State Program started in 2004.
The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Vermont has produced this fact sheet in order to help educate Vermonters on the dangers of current cleaning supplies used in schools and what alternatives are available.