Glass Cleaners

Industrial Consumer

A microfiber cloth and plain water are enough for many glass surfaces.  

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Sustainable Earth Glass Cleaner SE61

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Manufacturer(s)
Sustainable Earth by Staples
Vendor(s)
Staples
Product/Service Type
Consumer, Industrial

Renown Look NA Glass Cleaner (Concentrated) 5944377

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Manufacturer(s)
Renown
Vendor(s)
Cleansource
When to Use

Use in non-proprietary automatic dilution systems.

Product/Service Type
Industrial

Diversey Glance Glass Cleaner (RTD) 3361936

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Manufacturer(s)
Diversey
Vendor(s)
Waxie
Product/Service Type
Industrial

Diversey Glance Glass Cleaner (J-Fill) 3172641

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Manufacturer(s)
Diversey
Vendor(s)
Waxie
Product/Service Type
Industrial

Suggested

Limited

Prohibited

Info on this product category: Glass Cleaners

Why Go Green

  • Green products have safer ingredients. Cleaning products often contain a variety of hazardous ingredients, including quaternary ammonium compounds, alkylphenol ethoxylates, 2-butoxyethanol, glycol ethers, and ethanolamine. These pose health hazards to workers and building occupants, as well as environmental hazards downstream.
  • Green products reduce waste, by emphasizing recycled and/or recyclable packaging.
  • Green products are sold as concentrates whenever possible, which means that shipping weight is 1/64 – 1/256 that of ready to use products - dramatically reducing fuel requirements for shipping.
  • Green products use dilution systems to prevent exposure to concentrated products.
  • The costs of green products and conventional products are now roughly equivalent (see our report).

Criteria for Glass Cleaners

Products certified under the Green Seal GS-37 ecolabel. 

SF Environment may conduct its own review of specific products that are not formally certified by Green Seal or Ecologo, determine whether those products substantially meet the standards, and on that basis allow the use of those products.  

Last updated

Last updated: 
February 7, 2014

Reports

The Real Cost of Institutional Green Cleaning (2009). Report by SF Environment that includes a cost survey of conventional vs. green cleaning products. Costs were roughly equivalent for most product categories.  Costs of ready-to-use products averaged 15 times higher than concentrates; aerosols averaged 27 times higher.

Guide for City Staff

City Custodians:

  1. Are required to buy these cleaners (if needed):
  2. Post the City department green cleaning checklist/poster

  3. Post tips (for microfibers, disinfecting, dusting, polishing, floor care, kitchens, restrooms) from custodial green cleaning training videos by SF Environment. 

  4. Disinfectants are only important for surfaces like doorknobs.
  5. Switch to microfiber mops and cloths, which can prevent injuries because there's no need for heavy mop buckets.
  6. Install closed-loop dilution systems (if possible) to prevent employee exposure to hazardous concentrates.

Non-custodial City Staff:

Recycling Instructions

  • Try microfiber mops and cloths, which can get rid of 99% of bacteria with plain water.
  • Make your own cleaners from common materials like baking soda, castille soap, or lemon juice.
  • See consumer products on GoodGuide.
  • Use disinfectants sparingly. The most important surfaces are doorknobs.
  • Choose ready-to-use, peroxide- or citric acid-based disinfectants.  Avoid disinfectants that list hypochlorites or quaternary ammonium compounds as ingredients (e.g., ammonium chloride).
  • Small businesses can save money by switching to industrial/institutional cleaners.  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 videos by SF Environment, and consider posting Custodial Green Cleaning Tips (available in Spanish and Chinese).
  • 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

Guide for Small Businesses & Homes

  • Try microfiber mops and cloths, which can get rid of 99% of bacteria with plain water.
  • Make your own cleaners from common materials like baking soda, castille soap, or lemon juice.
  • See consumer products on GoodGuide.
  • Use disinfectants sparingly. The most important surfaces are doorknobs.
  • Choose ready-to-use, peroxide- or citric acid-based disinfectants.  Avoid disinfectants that list hypochlorites or quaternary ammonium compounds as ingredients (e.g., ammonium chloride).
  • Small businesses can save money by switching to industrial/institutional cleaners.  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 videos by SF Environment, and consider posting Custodial Green Cleaning Tips (available in Spanish and Chinese).
  • 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

Guide for Large Organizations