The kids go back to school in a little over a month, which means many summer camps, family campgrounds, and lakeside restaurants and resorts are approaching the off-season. And with the off-season comes your annual clean-out and clean-up.
But before you reach for the bleach and detergents, take a minute to consider where those chemicals go once they’re flushed down the drain. Most camps and lakeside destinations are in environmentally sensitive areas where the chemicals in conventional cleaners can wreak havoc.
Phosphorous is a common ingredient in many conventional cleaners. It’s listed as phosphate on ingredient labels (if your products list ingredients). Phosphates are especially common in dish detergent, all-purpose cleaners, and laundry soap.
Phosphorous is also a common lake pollutant. Wastewater treatment plants cannot remove phosphorous. That means treated water that reenters the lake, river, or stream by your facility will contain it. Reducing the phosphorous you use will reduce the amount of the pollutant in the water.
Go Natural to Avoid Phosphorous
Choosing to clean your camp or resort with natural products can help keep your lake clean. Natural products are good for your health and the health your guests, and your employees, too.
For cabins and other outbuildings, spray down shelves, tables, countertops, and even mattresses with a cleaning spray that’s phosphate-free and biodegradable. Similarly, spray down countertops, kitchen equipment, and tables and chairs in your dining room or mess hall. Deep-clean dishes with a phosphate-free detergent and clean the drains with a biodegradable sewer degreaser.
The bathroom sewer drains and lines could also use some degreasing. Your natural cleaning spray can be used on toilets, sink basins, and showers. Once your buildings are clean, consider spraying down your sporting and other equipment with a natural cleaning spray, too.
Cleaning up after your summer guests and campers doesn’t need to involve harsh, harmful chemicals. You can get a deep clean and prep your facility for the off-season with natural products that won’t pollute your lakefront. To learn more about cleaning with natural commercial cleaning products, contact me today!
Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!
Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance