What Makes Green Cleaning Products Green?

If you’re like most Americans, green cleaning products are on your radar. Healthier to use and less impactful on the environment, it’s no wonder that more businesses than ever are turning to green cleaning supplies to keep their offices, foodservice areas and medical facilities safe and sanitary.

As the market expands to meet the increasing demand for green cleaning products, it’s important to educate yourself about what actually makes them green. Standards may differ between suppliers. Your definition may be different than your provider’s.

What makes green cleaning products green?

Green cleaning products come in all stripes. From reduced packaging to less skin irritation, many things can make a cleaning product green. The type of green cleaning product you select should meet your goals. Do you want products that come with less packaging, or do you want materials that don’t use harsh chemicals? Here are some things to consider when searching for a greener cleaning product:


  • Landfills are spilling over with the plastics we use to package things. Locating suppliers and distributors that use minimal packaging can go a long way towards going green.
  • You can take it a step further and choose products that are packaged with recycled or partially recycled materials.


  • Smog-forming chemicals, also known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are present in many conventional cleaning products.
  • VOC products can contribute to air pollution and asthma attacks.
  • Low VOC cleaners help reduce smog-forming emissions and respiratory stress.

Skin Irritants.

  • The harsh chemicals in traditional cleaning products can cause irritation to skin and eyes.
  • Green cleaning products that do not use ammonia, sulfuric acid, chlorine bleach, or sodium hydroxide will create a safer and less harsh environment for cleaning staff.

Fragrance and Dye.

  • Chemicals are often added to conventional cleaning products to make them look unique or to mask offensive or harsh chemical odors.
  • Additives that alter the fragrance or appearance of cleaning materials have virtually no value as cleaning elements.
  • Using green cleaning products for foodservice and food preparation areas will eliminate the possibility of cleaning product odors reducing food quality.
  • Reducing the amount of unnecessary chemical compounds is a basic green principle.

If you have more questions or want to learn more about specific green cleaning products, contact National Purity. Our staff is knowledgeable about green cleaning products and methods and is happy to guide you to the green cleaning solution you are looking for.

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