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Tips for creating a balanced restroom cleaning program

June 4, 2014


1. Green your cleaning routine with naturally derived products when you can.

Experts recommend that facilities choose green cleaners that are certified by third-parties such as Green Seal and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE). The Green Seal certification is awarded to products that have less impact on the environment and work well. DfE recognition means that the product uses the safest possible ingredients and performs well.

  • Naturally derived cleaners that are formulated to tackle tough stains, like Clorox Commercial Solutions® Green Works® Cleaners, will perform well on a variety of restroom surfaces such as countertops, sinks, bathtubs, basins, toilet bowls and shower room walls. 

2. When choosing green products look for:

  • Efficacy – will the products do the job you need them to do effectively?
  • Certification – are the products certified by respected third-party agencies, such as Green Seal or DfE?
  • Disclosure of ingredients – do the products provide a full list of their ingredients on the label or the manufacturer’s website? For example, Clorox Professional Products Company providesinformation on the ingredientsand fragrances utilized in all of their Green Seal certified, retail and institutional cleaning products at

3. Disinfect when you must.

While green alternatives are now available for most cleaning products, disinfectants remain an essential part of ensuring a healthy restroom. Public restrooms are filled with high-touch surfaces and objects that can harbor germs, so cleaning professionals shouldselect products specifically formulated and EPA-registered to kill illness-causing bacteria on these surfaces. 

  • Cleaning professionals can help prevent cross-contamination in restrooms by focusing on these surfaces and objects such as counter tops, urinals, toilets, door knobs, toilet handles, stall locks and faucets.
  • Always refer to the product label and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use and contact time, or the length of time the disinfectant needs to remain wet on the surface to properly kill viruses, fungi and bacteria. 

4. When choosing disinfectants look for:

  • Efficacy – Is the product EPA-registered to kill the pathogens of most concern (i.e., influenza, norovirus, MRSA, etc.)?
  • Fast contact times – Will the products kill harmful bacteria and viruses quickly?

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