Green Cleaning in Healthcare: Current Practices and Questions for Future Research

Environmental cleaning plays a key role in preventing healthcare associated infections (HAIs). But many current cleaning practices in healthcare may negatively impact human health and the environment. Green cleaning is a new, promising approach to environmental cleaning that aims at reducing harm to human health and the environment while maintaining or improving the hygiene of the healthcare environment. While a growing number of healthcare facilities are adopting green cleaning practices, there are many essential questions around green cleaning that remain unanswered due to the lack of research in this area.