Restroom Cleaning Practices

  • Use vacuums approved by OGS and listed on the OGS Green Cleaning Product List.
  •  Voluntarily investigate the use and procurement of sanitary paper products (e.g. tissue paper and paper towels) that provide cost savings and are environmentally friendly. (LEED-EB IEQ 3.4-3.6)
  •  Consider using hand driers to reduce the use of paper product.
  • Investigate the use of "No Touch" cleaning systems.
  • Use pads and brushes to remove stains and heavily soiled areas.
  • Use microfiber cloths and mops.
  • Use a color-coded system for microfiber cloths and mop heads to eliminate cross-contamination. A color-coded system establishes different colored cloths for each restroom area (e.g., red cloths urinals and toilet).


  • Use only cleaning products approved for use by OGS and listed on the OGS Green Cleaning Product List.
  • Use disinfectants, only when necessary, that are registered with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 

Bureau of Pesticide Management — Information Portal

Steps to conduct a search for disinfectants. 

Under Pesticide Product Information and Products, click Search. Select the Advanced Search button and under Use/Type, click to select Pesticide Type: "Disinfectant."

  • Follow the manufacturer's recommended dilution to eliminate product waste and reduce residual cleaner on surfaces.


  • Stress green cleaning before using a disinfectant or germicide, if necessary, in cleaning procedures.
  • Clean bathrooms daily including all surfaces, urinals, toilets, and sinks.
  •  Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as latex gloves.
  •  Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for using cleaning products.