Biobased products — those that are derived from plant or animal feedstock — include cleaners, degreasers and solvents. A solvent is defined as a solid, liquid or gas that dissolves another solid, liquid or gas, resulting in a substance that is able to be dissolved.

Common uses for solvents in the cleaning industry are spot removers and detergents. Biobased solvents contain derivatives including methyl soyate, or soybeans; ethyl lactate (formed from lactic acid and ethanol, made from processing corn); and D-Limonene (citrus rind oil). Products containing these solvents perform quite well compared to their traditional counterparts, and D-Limonene is particularly effective on tough degreasing jobs.

Reduced toxicity, biodegradability, low volatile organic compounds (VOC), worker safety and environmental friendliness are among the advantages of using biobased solvents.