Hand Soaps

Industrial Consumer

Washing hands with foaming soaps can save water.

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GOJO Lotion Hand Cleaner 2165-08

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Manufacturer(s)
Gojo
Vendor(s)
Waxie
When to Use

Use in wall-mount dispensers. 

Product/Service Type
Industrial

GOJO Foam Hand Cleaner 8565-02

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Manufacturer(s)
Gojo
Vendor(s)
Waxie
When to Use

Use in counter-mount dispensers.

Product/Service Type
Industrial

GOJO Foam Hand Cleaner 5265-02

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Manufacturer(s)
Gojo
Vendor(s)
Waxie
When to Use

Use in wall-mount dispensers. 

Product/Service Type
Industrial

Champion Ultra Green Hand Soap 950-GL

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Manufacturer(s)
Champion Chemical Company
Vendor(s)
Champion Chemical Company
When to Use

Bulk foaming hand soap compatible with TOTO ES sensor-operated foaming soap dispensers. 1 gal.

Product/Service Type
Industrial

Champion Ultra Green Hand Soap 950-DR

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Manufacturer(s)
Champion Chemical Company
Vendor(s)
Champion Chemical Company
When to Use

Bulk liquid hand soap.  For gravity-feed soap dispensers. 

Product/Service Type
Industrial

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Limited

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Info on this product category: Hand Soaps

Why Go Green

Hand soaps on this page do not have antibacterial/antimicrobial triclosan or triclocarban chemicals. Those chemicals: 

  • Provide no benefits over plain soap and water (according to the US Centers for Disease Control)
  • May decrease sperm counts
  • Could make bacteria resistant to antibiotics
  • Are linked to liver and inhalation toxicity
  • May disrupt thyroid function at low concentrations
  • Are structurally related to highly toxic and carcinogenic dioxins

Criteria for Hand Soaps

Products certified under the Green Seal GS-41 or UL 2784/EcoLogo CCD-104 ecolabels. Hand soaps labeled antimicrobial or containing triclosan or triclocarban are prohibited.

SF Environment may conduct its own review of specific products that are not formally certified, 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) and watch custodial green cleaning training videos in English, Cantonese, and Spanish made 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 above each trash bin. Then get a pick up.

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 custodial green cleaning training videos in English, Cantonese, and Spanish and consider posting Custodial Green Cleaning Tips (available in Spanish and Chinese) by SF Environment.
  • 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