Buyer's Guide to Green Cleaning Chemicals

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More than 80,000 chemicals, most of them harmful, are used in common cleaning solutions. Many products that are promoted as "green" actually contain potentially dangerous ingredients. Other products don't work very well. As local, state and federal officials legislate the use of environmentally-safe products, cleaning professionals are facing a confusing marketplace for cleaning formulations. Here's what to look for when shopping for green formulations.

Key Features


For safety and green compliance, obtain a list of the contents. High-quality products should have a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) listing the ingredients. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) also lists chemicals it deems harmful.

Harmful chemicals found in cleaning preparations include: volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chlorine, benzene, triclosan, nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates, alkylphenolethoxylates (APEs), synthetics, terpenes, petroleum distillates, glycol ethers, caustics, builders and reagents.

Some products, such as Daimer Industries' Eco-Green® line, are derived from plants and vegetables without any ozone-depleting substances, synthetics or VOCs. View our extensive line of green chemicals.


Look for a certification called Readily Biodegradable that indicates the formulas biodegrade by more than 90% within 28 days. The Eco-Green® line has achieved this certification, which means its products degrade about 50% faster than most competitors, according to testing performed by an internationally-known laboratory.


Opt for products that display all zero values on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) hazard diamond. The diamond ranks products by safety in categories, such as toxicity, flammability, and reactivity with other chemicals. Zero values indicate the highest level of safety.


Cleaning without harmful formulations requires a different chemical approach. Some products use a nano-technology that employs tiny particles, 1/80,000 the thickness of human hair. The small size allows the nano-molecules to pierce the carbon bonds of dirt, stains and buildup. This action breaks unwanted substances into billions of particles that disperse in water and repel one another. As a result, the particles are easy to remove and less likely to re-adhere to cleaned surfaces.

Daimer's Eco-Green® uses a patented Micro-Blasting® technology. Many of the products, such as Carpet Care and Tile and Grout Cleaner, can be applied by hand or with cleaning equipment.

Breadth and Depth of Product Line:

Purchasing different products from different vendors is always a headache and usually costs more in the end. Cleaning professionals should consider companies that offer products ranging from general cleaning solutions, such as all-purpose metal cleaners to specialized formulations, like HVAC coil cleaners.

Eco-Green® offers more than 100 products that target an array of industries, including: hospitality, landscaping, car detailing, oil and gas engineering, manufacturing, and commercial and industrial cleaning.

More Information about Green Cleaning Chemicals

How local, state, and federal governments are increasing regulations on cleaning products.

All about Daimer's Eco-Green® products.

Eco-Green® products for metal fabricators.

A carpet cleaning business that used Tile & Grout Cleaner to expand his business.

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