What is Green Cleaning and What Things to Consider?

Oct 1, 2019 | Blog, Eco-friendly Cleaning, Green Cleaning

You would be surprised how many times we walk into offices of companies that are working hard to be sustainable. These businesses are innovating everything from business model to energy efficiency, yet overlook their cleaning products and procedures, which are still mainstream toxic!

Not every CEO have time to oversee what cleaning products are being ordered into the company or which cleaning service was given cleaning contract. However, these decisions can significantly impact the health of your employees and clients at your office.

But many businesses understand the value and are switching to green cleaning services for the good health and well-being of their people.

What is Green Cleaning?

For some people, green cleaning would mean using only natural substances like baking soda, vinegar, and lemons to clean the surfaces. For others, it may mean simply using manufactured green cleaning products (available in the market) that are healthy for the environment.

In essence, it promotes using cleaning products and procedures that are safe for the environment and do not emit any pollutants when used. As a business, you need to take care of the health of our employees and visitors who come to our place. Also, it is our responsibility to maintain our business’ ecological footprint.

The same goes with our home. We want to protect our children and ourselves from health issues and use products and cleaning services which use biodegradable green services.

As green cleaning reduces pollutants in the environment, what we can render is a more productive, healthy workforce, clearer air for our clients/family members and an overall better space for the business/home.

What Things are Considered in Green Cleaning?

In an ideal world, any cleaning service you hire commits to green and sustainable cleaning techniques. In the real world though, not all cleaning services offer eco-friendly cleaning solutions, as great amount of thought and perseverance goes into green cleaning practices. Here are some of the things to consider:

Synthetic Fragrances/ Petroleum 

When you go to the grocery store and buy the brand name cleaners, you’ll find majority of them are non-toxic, but many of them will contain synthetic fragrances. This is the most commonplace thing with most cleaning products.

Why does it matter? There are surprising side-effects to synthetic fragrances.

According to the Committee on Science & Technology, approximately 95 percent of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. If we go by the research in recent years, petroleum-based chemicals are known to alter hormones and cause issues such as cancers, neurological disorders, learning disabilities, allergies, infertility and more.

Antibacterial Soaps

Many of us prefer using anti-bacterial soaps. But these are not effective at preventing diseases than regular soap and water. In addition to containing chemicals, antibacterial have been shown to contain substances that can cause hormonal issues.

Hospitals, Medical Buildings and Sanitation

Certain building such as medical buildings, dialysis centers, hospitals, etc. have stringent cleaning and sanitation rules. In this case, you need to have proper green cleaning techniques in place to properly kill germs without further polluting the environment.

Hospitals need to examine what areas need to be cleaned and what areas will need to be disinfected because often there are areas in the hospitals that are pathologically sensitive. we need to make sure that these areas are not being unnecessarily sterilized with harsh and volatile chemicals.

For instance, the front entrance hallway of a hospital is less pathologically sensitive than the floor of an intensive care unit. If the housekeeping department considers using green cleaners in such areas, it would be better.


Non-green cleaning products and procedures release pollutants into the air. There is a myriad of synthetic compounds in cleaners that are toxic and harmful and can be released in the air, water sources, human bodies etc.

On the other hand, green cleaning products are made to not pollute. However, the least common types of green cleaners used are kitchen, laundry, and carpet cleaners. It is unclear why these cleaners are less frequently explored for green alternatives.

Biodegradable Cleaning Products 

Choosing a biodegradable cleaner is especially important for products that are rinsed down drains and sewers because they will eventually impact the oceans and waterways. To be biodegradable means to completely decompose. We need to use non-toxic multi-surface cleaners that provides guaranteed cleaning, degreasing and deodorizing power and are readily biodegradable.

At Dust Queen, we are dedicated leader in environment responsibility. We carry an assortment of non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning supplies specifically formulated to be safer for humans, animals and planets.

From efficient equipment to eco-friendly products, our carpet cleaning, material and equipment are all designed to be suitable for the environment.

Feel free to contact Dust Queen Maid Services with all your home and business cleaning needs. We promise you that our professional and eco-friendly approaches will leave your property spotless.