Cleaning and Janitorial Supplies

Cleaning products include general purpose bathroom, glass, and carpet cleaners; degreasing agents; biologically-active cleaning products (enzymatic and microbial products); floor-care products (e.g. floor finish and floor finish strippers); hand soaps and hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and metal polish and other specialty cleaning products. In addition, janitorial paper products such as toilet tissue, tissue paper, paper towels, hand towels, napkins, and menstruation supplies.

  • Cleaning solvents purchased and or used by WashU personnel and by janitorial contractors shall be biodegradable and phosphate-free, unless such requirements will compromise the quality of service. Citrus-based or electrolyzed water cleaning is preferable to other chemical cleaners.
  • Industrial and institutional cleaning products purchased and or used by WashU personnel and by janitorial contractors shall carry recognized third-party sustainability certifications such as Green Seal, Blue Angel, Cradle to Cradle, ECOLOGO, EU Ecolabel, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), Nordic Swan, US EPA Safer Choice.
  • Total expenditures on cleaning and janitorial paper products and expenditures on certified green cleaning and janitorial paper products for the fiscal year must be reported annually.