Since Florence Nightingale first helped make the connection between cleaning and improved health outcomes, health care workers and the cleaning industry have responded with a wide array of effective and economical products and processes. However, we now know that some of these older and traditional cleaning products and processes can negatively impact both health and the environment. Today, new, less toxic cleaning products are becoming an integral component of a healing environment by:
- reducing stress on the building's occupants
- improving safety
- contributing to improved ecological health
To understand why this is so, it is useful to review cleaning products’ documented impacts.