Your Green Life: "Cleaning Green"

By KBJR News 1

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 11:20 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
Chemicals and cleansers are used every day for a variety of cleaning routines. They can have a negative effect on our environment and health.
But what if all you needed was water?

Terry Belich, the Buildings & Grounds Manager at St. Scholastica told me, "Using salt and electricity it splits the water into two streams, the acidic side and into the alkaline side."

This devise resembling a gas pump discards the acidic side and neutralizes it, but keeps the Alkaline side which proves to be a good cleaner.

"It's a degreaser, lot of your degreasers are alkaline, it breaks down surfactants, it breaks down the surface tension and its able to dissolve oils and such." said Belich.

At the College of St. Scholastica, they are using this revolutionary device as an alternative to hazardous chemicals.

Jennifer Zartich, a UDAC Job Counselor explained, "Cleaners, degreasers like in kitchens and that, and cleaning chemicals basically. There are some chemicals they still need to use that this doesn't work for but this can be used for a lot of things."

This process has proven to be a good glass and surface cleaner as well.
St. Scholastica has many green projects, adding this one as a sustainable and healthy alternative to chemicals.

"St. Scholastica, being a Benedictine college, one of our values is stewardship. And so I'm always looking at the aspect of how I can make the cleaning more healthy, less hazardous to my employees, less hazardous to the environment." said Belich.

Belich estimates that the water cleaner will save the college from using hundreds, if not thousands of gallons of chemical cleaners per month!

Meteorologist Adam Lorch