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Bio-Based Cleaning Chemicals: Myths and Realities

Like any new product, there are some misunderstandings and misconceptions surrounding bio-based cleaning chemicals. Below are some of the most common myths about bio-based products:

Myth: Bio-based cleaners are new.
Reality: While some are new, bio-based cleaning products actually date back to the 1930s. Manufacturers and distributors discovered that some of these products are ideal for use in schools and other settings frequented by individuals with compromised immune systems, those who are chemically sensitive, and those who suffer from multiple or life-threatening allergies.

Myth: Bio-based cleaners don’t work for serious applications.
Reality: While bio-based cleaners cannot replace acid-type cleaners, many bio-based cleaners are as effective as many traditional cleaners.

Myth: Because all bio-based cleaners are made from agricultural byproducts, they are pretty much all the same.
Reality: In fact, these products are not actually all the same. For instance, they are not all proven-Green, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” bio-based cleaning product.

Myth: Bio-based cleaning products are cost prohibitive.
Reality: Many cleaning professionals now know that bio-based cleaning products are safer cleaning options that work effectively without a performance tradeoff; the actual costs for these products can be about the same as comparable green or conventional cleaning products.

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Andy Gail is a Facility Solutions Manager at Betco®. To contact a customer service representative, send an e-mail to

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