Millenia ago, the first “cleaning product” was water, and hand washing was the predominant way to keep clean. Other than washing to remove clear and obvious filth, there was little other reason to clean one’s body. The idea of invisible organisms was not yet an imaginable reality.
By the 17th century, cleaning methods began to evolve in earnest. Yet, very little was known about bacteria and, though scientists believed unseen elements were making people sick, it wasn’t until the 19th century that the true causes of many diseases were identified.
The cleaning industry as a whole has long been susceptible to economic downturns and recessions, but adaptation and innovation contributed to its survival and, ultimately, will be the impetus behind its future success.
Today, the industry is divided into three primary categories, each with various subdivisions: commercial cleaning, residential cleaning and special cleaning, such as laundry/dry cleaning. The cleaning work force has grown to nearly three million strong and every stakeholder is tasked with finding new and better ways to keep our world healthy.
Among the developments that have significantly progressed cleaning in the modern era, technological innovations like automation, software, electrostatics, and robotics have fast forwarded the industry into the future.
Recent chemical research has led to the development of products that are not only safer for people but are much less harmful to the environment, as consumer interest in such concerns continue to rise.
Environmental concerns also continue to play a major role in the evolution of current cleaners and disinfectants. Recent chemical research has led to the development of products that are not only safer for people but are much less harmful to the environment, as consumer interest in such concerns continue to rise. Now, green cleaning is no longer a trend, but a fundamental necessity within the industry.
Though frequent hand washing still remains the first step in preventing the spread of infections, there are revolutionary technologies and chemistries available that are safer and more sustainable, as well as much more effective and efficient than anything else in the history of cleaning.
However, before the many benefits can be realized, the industry must focus on streamlining cleaning processes across the board, from reducing chemical variation and leveraging new technologies, to simplifying training programs and making more data-driven decisions. Ultimately, streamlined strategies like these will significantly improve processes, raise compliance levels and, ultimately, ensure the health and safety of us all.
By Jeremiah Gray, Co-Founder & COO, EarthSafe Chemical Alternatives