Drain Openers

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Info on this product category: Drain Openers

Why Go Green

Green cleaners on this site:

  • 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.
  • Reduce waste, by emphasizing recycled and/or recyclable packaging.
  • 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.
  • Often use dilution systems to prevent exposure to concentrated products.
  • Cost roughly equivalent to conventional products (see our report).

Criteria for Drain Openers

Products certified under the UL 2791 (Ecologo CCD-113) ecolabel (Drain and/or Grease Trap Additives: Biologically Based).


Last updated

Last updated: 
April 30, 2015

Guide for City Staff

City Custodians:

  1. Are required to products that meet SF Environment's criteria for:
  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

It's illegal to trash cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints). So do one of the following:

  • Use what you already have. 
  • Give them to someone who needs them.
  • Legally and safely dispose them. Post this recycling poster (available in Spanish/Chinese) above each trash bin. Then get a pick up.

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