Total Quality Green Cleaning Products

Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products

Environmentally preferable products are products and services defined as those which have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared to other products and services that serve the same purpose. This comparison may consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, or disposal of the product or service, as stated in Presidential Executive Order 13101, section 201. Please note the comparative, rather than the absolute of the definition.

Green Seal is an independent, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a healthier and cleaner environment by identifying and promoting products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserving resources and habitats, and minimizing global warming and ozone depletion. Green Seal has no financial interest in the products that it certifies or recommends in any manufacturer or company.

Spartan Chemical Company, Inc. recommends the use of Green Seal Certified Products for those categories where a standard is available. Until a standard is available and products are certified for a particular category, a review should be performed of the Material Safety Data Sheets for existing products. Select the most “preferable” product based on human health considerations and impact on the environment. It is imperative to remember that we clean for health first, with appearance considerations being second. It is also important to remember proper product selection always calls for selecting the least hazardous product in those situations where no “Green” product is available.

Cleaning Chemical More Preferable Less Preferable

General Purpose Cleaners

Lauryl, amides, and glyosides Nonyl phenol ethoxylates, NTA, EDTA, gycol ethers, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydrozide, sodium metasilicate, phosphates

Restroom Cleaners

Lauryl, amides, glyosides, citric acid, acetic acid Nonyl phenol ethoxylates, NTA, EDTA, hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid

Bowl Cleaners

pH in the range of 4, food and cosmetic dyes, biodegradable, lauryl, amides, and glyosides, citric acid, acetic acid pH in the range of 1, dyes and fragrances, nonyl phenol ethoxylates, NTA, EDTA, hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid

Glass Cleaners

Lauryl, amides, glyosides Ammonia, alcohols, propylene glycol, ethylene glycol, other glycol ethers

Carpet Cleaners

Lauryl, amides, and glyosides Nonyl phenol ethoxylates, NTA, EDTA, gycol ethers, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydrozide, sodium metasilicate, phosphates

Disinfectants and Sanitizers

Hydrogen peroxide, lower potential for persistence in the environment, lower potential accumulative in living tissue, pH of 4 or higher, Green Seal Sodium hypochlorite, quats, alcohols, phenolics

Chrome Cleaner/Polish

Low or no VOC, bio-based products, oils derived from renewable resources Petroleum distillates, ammonia

Floor Finishes and Strippers

Recyclable containers, VOC < 7 % by weight, flashpoint below 150 degrees. pH < 11.5, phosphorus < .5 % by weight Zinc, other metals, ammonia, dibutyl phthalate, alkylphenol ethoxylates, ethylene glycol, 2-butoxyethanol

Furniture Polish

Oils derived from renewable resources, citrus oils Petroleum distillates

General Degreasers

D-Limonene, methyl esters from soy or corn Glycol ethers, ethylene glycol mono butyl ether, sodium hydroxide

Graffiti Remover

Low VOC, high flash point, neutral pH (4-11), n-Methyl-2-Pyrolidone, d-Limonene Methylene chloride, petroleum, distillates, propane, butane, isobutene, sodium hydroxide

Lime and Scale Remover

pH of 4, citric acid, acetic acid Hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid

Spot Removers

Detergent based, low VOC, high flash points, d-Limonene, methyl esters Mineral spirits, 2-butoxyethanol


High flashpoint, water based, epoxy based, lauryl, amides, glycosides Xylene, Stoddard solvent, nonyl phenol ethoxylates, paradichlorobenzene


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