What Color is Clean?

Have you ever wondered why most chemical cleaners are brightly colored? There are three main reasons: safety, categorization, and branding.

  • Safety: Most of the active chemicals in common cleaners are naturally colorless. Dyes are added in part because facilities have so many different types of cleaners to manage, and color is an easy way to identify them and avoid accidental mixing or consumption. This is especially useful if a user transfers a cleaning agent into an unlabeled dispenser or spray bottle.
  • Categorization: While there is no national standard for the color of chemical cleaners, the industry has adopted its own. A blue color indicates a glass cleaner; a red color indicates a cleaner for high-risk surfaces (toilets, urinals, and other contaminated surfaces); a yellow color indicates a cleaner intended for low-risk surfaces (chairs, sinks, and other less contaminated surfaces); and a green color indicates that a cleaner can be used within a food prep area.
  • Branding: some companies use colors to develop brand identity. Many cleaners have become synonymous with their colors—for example Windex with its bright blue or Fabuloso with its vibrant purple.

Notice that color has nothing to do with effectiveness! In fact, not all cleaning products are color coded. For example, Stabilized Aqueous Ozone (SAO), which is produced using regular tap water and electricity, has no color, and unlike all the chemical cleaners mentioned above, SAO is non-reactive, non-toxic, and all-purpose. SAO doesn’t have a color because it doesn’t need a color!

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