Similar to the premoistened wipe, aerosols fit well into a green cleaning program.

Most aerosols (with the exception of some specialty products) no longer contain ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons. And even though some products do contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the Consumer Specialty Products Association says that VOCs contribute very little to ozone formation due to their small quantity and low reactivity.

Aerosol manufacturers are also partnering with the EPA’s Design for the Environment program to ensure that the ingredients and finished product line up on the green end of the health and environmental spectrum, while maintaining or improving product performance.

Also, more than 5,300 U.S. communities accept empty aerosol cans into their recycling programs.