Green Cleaning is the use of products and services that reduce the health and environmental impact compared to similar products and services used for the same purpose. Green Cleaning can also be defined as cleaning to safeguard human health while minimizing the impact to the environment. Utilizing Green Cleaning protects the health of building occupants, visitors and cleaning personnel, as well as reducing polluting effects on our air and water. Unlike traditional cleaning, it goes far beyond simple appearance, focusing on products and services that have fewer adverse health and environmental impacts as compared with others that might be used for the same purpose.
The movement toward green cleaning does not imply that traditional methods are inadequate or have created unsafe conditions. Instead it can be viewed as simply taking the next step beyond our current approaches to further reduce polluting impacts while continuing to maintain and improve the healthfulness, comfort and aesthetics of our surroundings.