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A few dozen to several thousand

That's how many chemicals are used in cleaning workspaces. Simple places such as offices only use a few, but the number stacks up as we enter industries such as manufacturing and healthcare. In these workspaces thousands of disinfectants, sterilisation agents, and cleaning solutions can make up most of the chemicals.

One alternative to using excessive chemicals is our CtrlFlow solution. CtrlFlow uses innovative technology to combine water and salt to create an endless supply of 100% natural liquid solution. By making the switch to CtrlFlow for your cleaning, you can make big strides in reaching your sustainability targets.

CtrlFlow is easily transferred and dispensed into any type of buckets, sprayers, or container, so that anyone can start using it right away. Not only is it completely hypoallergenic and safe to use on any surface, it's also deceptively powerful and proven to be up to 100 times more effective than bleach.

Chemicals in the workplace

Many people are exposed to a variety of substances at work (e.g. chemicals, fumes, dusts, fibres) which can, under some circumstances, have a harmful effect on their health. These are called ‘hazardous substances’.

If exposure to a hazardous substance is not properly controlled it may cause ill health in a number of ways.

The substance may cause harm by:

  • Too much being taken into the body through breathing

  • Being absorbed through the skin

  • Being swallowed

  • Acting directly on the body at the point of contact, e.g. the skin.

Many cleaning substances are hazardous due to their corrosive nature, which can cause skin and eye burns if they come into contact with the body. Without proper precautions, these substances may lead to dermatitis (dry, sore, flaky skin) or other skin irritations, as well as asthma and respiratory issues.

Therefore, it is important to know in advance how to protect the health of people working with hazardous substances and also of other people who may be affected by the work being carried out.

Mixing certain substances can lead to harmful chemical reactions. For instance, combining cleaning products containing bleach with acidic toilet cleaners or ammonia can release toxic gases.

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The facts and figures...

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That is how much more likely someone who regularly uses cleaning products with volatile compounds is to develop asthma.

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6.2 billion lbs

The amount of chemicals that are used in the manufacturing of conventional cleaning products each year



The percentage of cleaning and disinfecting products that CtrlFlow can replace

Not all chemicals are bad...

Eliminating all chemicals from cleaning isn't realistic because certain chemical agents are essential to achieving suitable levels of cleanliness and hygiene. These agents play a crucial role in disinfecting surfaces, eliminating pathogens, and ensuring overall sanitary conditions, especially in environments such as hospitals, kitchens, and public restrooms.

However, there are greener, cleaner, and safer alternatives available that significantly reduce the health and environmental risks associated with conventional cleaning products. An example of this is water-based solutions such CtrlFlow and electro-chemically activated water (ECA) and Stabilized Aqueous Ozone (SAO). These solutions reduce the number of chemicals used in everyday cleaning whilst simultaneously reducing your carbon footprint and creating a cleaner work environment in the process.

By choosing these greener options, individuals and organisations can maintain high cleanliness standards while also protecting human health and the environment.

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Taking a closer look at ECA water and SAO, two leading water-based solutions to sustainable cleaning that removes most of the reliance on synthetic chemicals and single use plastics.
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The dangers of chemicals in cleaning

Understanding the impact of harmful chemicals in cleaning products is crucial, as their widespread use can pose significant health risks and environmental challenges. We explore some of the most common risks associated with cleaning chemicals.

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    Skin irritation Some cleaning solutions can cause skin irritation due to the presence of harsh chemicals. Many cleaning products contain substances like ammonia, bleach, and various solvents that can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness, redness, and irritation. Repeated exposure to these chemicals can result in contact conditions such as dermatitis. Some cleaning products can also include allergens, which can trigger allergic reactions and exacerbate existing conditions such as eczema​.

    PPE such as protective gloves should be worn to shield the skin from harmful chemicals and prevent irritation and chemical burns.
  • Eye irritation
    Eye irritation Chemicals in cleaning solutions can splash or release fumes that irritate the eyes, leading to symptoms including redness, burning, and blurred vision. Direct contact with these substances can cause more severe damage, including chemical burns and in the worst case, loss of vision. The fumes from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in many cleaning products can also irritate the delicate tissues of the eyes, increasing conditions like dry eye syndrome.

    It is important that cleaning chemicals are used in well-ventilated spaces, as well as providing eye protection.
  • Respiratory issues
    Respiratory issues Cleaning chemicals can cause significant respiratory issues due to the inhalation of toxic fumes and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Fumes released from chemicals can irritate the respiratory tract, leading to symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and throat irritation​​. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals, especially in poorly ventilated areas, can aggravate conditions like asthma and COPD, and increase the risk of developing these conditions in otherwise healthy individuals​.

    Respiratory protection such as protective masks and help reduce the fumes that reach the airways.
  • Increased cancer risk
    Increased cancer risks Exposure to certain cleaning chemicals has been linked to an elevated risk of cancer. Many common cleaning products contain chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, and chloroform, which are known carcinogens or have carcinogenic properties. These substances can be absorbed through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion, posing a threat to both consumers and workers in cleaning industries. Prolonged or repeated exposure to these chemicals can lead to DNA damage, cell mutation, and ultimately, the development of cancer.

    To limit the risks associated with cleaning chemicals, it is important that all workers are protected with the correct PPE as well as exploring eco-friendly alternatives that limit the concentration of chemicals.
  • Water contamination
    Water contamination Cleaning chemicals represent a significant source of water pollution, with detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems and wildlife health. When cleaning products containing toxic compounds such as ammonia, chlorine, and phosphates are washed down drains or improperly disposed of, they can contaminate waterways through runoff and wastewater discharge. These chemicals disrupt aquatic ecosystems, affecting the health and behaviour of those living in the water. The accumulation of these pollutants in sediments and water can have long-lasting effects as their impact is passed down the food chain.

Workplace exposure limits

The EH40/2005 Workplace exposure limit document from HSE contains the list of workplace exposure limits for use with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.

WELs are set in order to help protect the health of workers. WELs are concentrations of hazardous substances in the air, averaged over a specified period of time.

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How can you protect your workers?

Provide necessary employee training

Providing necessary training for employees is crucial when it comes to the safe handling of potentially harmful cleaning chemicals. Proper instruction equips workers with essential knowledge on the safe handling, storage, and disposal of these substances, reducing the risk of accidents and dangerous exposure.

Training should cover proper ventilation techniques, correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE), understanding safety data sheets (SDS), and protocols for responding to spills etc. It is important to include regular refreshers and updates to ensure that employees remain informed and vigilant.

Use natural cleaning products

Incorporating natural solutions into cleaning practices not only promotes environmental sustainability but also mitigates the risks associated with harmful chemicals. Substituting conventional cleaners with natural alternatives, such as ECA water and SAO, reduces the exposure of workers to potentially hazardous substances.

These solutions contain natural disinfectants and detergents, effectively cleaning surfaces without compromising the health and safety of employees. Adopting eco-friendly cleaning practices also helps your business aligns with sustainable working practices, helping to make your workplace both greener and cleaner.

Provide suitable PPE

When exposure to cleaning chemicals cannot be completely eliminated, it is essential you ensure workers have access to appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to fully protect them when handling cleaning chemicals.

Employers must provide PPE such as gloves, goggles, respirators, and protective clothing tailored to the specific hazards of the chemicals being used. Properly fitted and maintained PPE forms a crucial barrier against exposure to harmful substances, reducing the risk of skin irritation, respiratory issues, and other potential health effects.


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A revolution in cleaning

What is CtrlFlow?

CtrlFlow represents a shift in how we see cleaning. CtrlFlow uses innovative technology to combine water and salt. This creates an endless supply of 100% natural liquid solution.

By applying a small electrical current to a specialised electrolysis cell CtrlFlow generates a hypochlorous acid and sodium hydroxide combined solution with just water and salt. Depending on the task at hand, CtrlFlow can generate three different types of solution to use.

This natural solution is not only completely hypoallergenic and safe to use on any surface, but it's also deceptively powerful and proven to be up to 100 times more effective than bleach.

We're asking cleaning companies around the world to join us in challenging decades of cleaning traditions that use synthetic and environmentally damaging chemicals.

Unlike traditional cleaning and disinfecting products such as bleach, CtrlFlow produces a natural, and therefore practically odourless solution.

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"CtrlFlow helps our environmental goals and we only need one product for the entire cleaning process."

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Why Tower?

When you choose a cleaning and hygiene distributor such as Tower, you are choosing a partner dedicated to sustainable hygiene solutions that are environmentally safe for wide industry usage. As a single-source supplier, what might start as sustainable cleaning and hygiene can transform your whole supply chain, bringing in cleaner, safer and more sustainable practices throughout.

Introducing new cleaning technology to a workforce takes time and training. But once done, you can immediately start integrating systems into your cleaning rotation. We can help you adopt new solutions with training and guidance and create cleaner, safer workplaces.

Sustainability is at the core of what we do, and we want to help others on their journey to greener cleaning that protects both workers and the environment.

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