Info on this product category: Drain Openers
Criteria for Drain Openers
Products certified under the UL 2791 (Ecologo CCD-113) ecolabel (Drain and/or Grease Trap Additives: Biologically Based).
Guide for City Staff
- Are required to products that meet SF Environment's criteria for:
Post the City department green cleaning checklist/poster.
- Disinfectants are only important for surfaces like doorknobs.
- Switch to microfiber mops and cloths, which can prevent injuries because there's no need for heavy mop buckets.
Install closed-loop dilution systems (if possible) to prevent employee exposure to hazardous concentrates.
Non-custodial City Staff:
- Try microfiber cloths, which can get rid of 99% of bacteria with plain water.
- Get discounted consumer general purpose cleaners, disinfectants, dish soaps, hand sanitizers.
- Make cleaners (air fresheners, oven cleaners, mold and mildew remover, wood furniture polish) with things like baking soda, castille soap, or lemon juice.
- See other safer consumer products at GoodGuide.
It's illegal to trash cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints). So do one of the following:
Guide for Small Businesses & Homes
- Try microfiber cloths, which attract dirt like magnets even without chemicals. You can clean surfaces like glass with water alone.
- Make your own cleaning products from common materials like baking soda, castille soap, or lemon juice.
- Compare consumer cleaning products on GoodGuide.
- Use disinfectants sparingly: Surfaces that you touch are the most important.
- Choose ready-to-use, peroxide- or citric acid-based disinfectants. Avoid disinfectants that list hypochlorites or quaternary ammonium compounds as ingredients (look for the words "ammonium chloride" in the ingredients).
- Small businesses can save money by switching to institutional-grade cleaning products. Ready-to-use products are 15 times more expensive than concentrates.
- Custodial companies that are SF Green Businesses should watch the custodial green cleaning training video series made by SF Environment.
Guide for Large Organizations
- Post the Custodial Green Cleaning Checklist/Poster and Tips (available in Spanish and Chinese).
- Watch custodial green cleaning training videos made by SF Environment.
- When creating contracts, paste specifications from the Criteria section above.
- Try microfiber mops and cloths, which can get rid of 99% of bacteria with plain water.
- Install closed-loop dilution systems to prevent employee exposure to hazardous concentrates.
- Legally and safely dispose of cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints) in the San Francisco Bay Area or rest of the U.S.