City of Portland, Oregon Contract Specifications for Green Cleaning Products 

Product Type

Specification/Technical Requirement

General/Multi-Purpose Bathroom and Glass Cleaners (including descales/shower cleaners)

  • Green Seal GS-37 and/or UL 2759 certified 

Carpet Cleaners

  • Green Seal GS-37 certified and/or UL 2795 certified

Other hard surface cleaners

  • UL 2759 certified


  • UL 2792 certified

Hard Floor Care Cleaning Products

  • Green Seal GS-40 certified and/or UL 2777 certified 

Metal Polish

  • Percent Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) by weight must not exceed 30%

Disinfectants or Sanitizers 

  • EPA registered active disinfectant/sanitizer ingredient(s)
  • Disinfectant/sanitizer shall not contain benzalkonium chloride (a surfactant belonging to the quaternary ammonium compound group with a CAS # 8001-54-5)
  • Percent Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) by weight must not exceed 1% for non-aerosol products or 70% for aerosol products. 

Graffiti Remover

  • Percent Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) by weight must not exceed 30% for non-aerosol products of 50% for aerosol products
  • Products cannot contain methylene chloride, perchloroethylene, or trichloroethylene. 

Misc. Specialty Cleaners spot removers, gum remover, etc.

  • Comply with the California Code of Regulations maximum allowable VOC levels for the specific product category

Hand Soaps

  • No antimicrobial agents (other than a preservative) except where requirement by health codes and other regulations
  • Green Seal GS-41 or UL 2784 certified

Waterless Instant Hand Sanitizers

  • Product must contain at least 60% alcohol
  • UL 2783 certified

Miscellaneous Cleaning Products

Identify the least-toxic option by:

  • Seeking products the meet the intent of the Green Seal or ECOLOGO (UL) standards
  • Referring to the EPA Safer Choice for products recognized by that program (e.g. deicers, graffiti removers) that are not certified by Green Seal or ECOLOGO.
  • Products do not contain known carcinogens, reproductive toxins, asthamagens, and other toxic ingredients
  • Minimize impact on indoor air quality and the environment (e.g. products that are low-VOC and readily safely biodegrade in aquatic environments)
  • Research least-toxic options from other resources as applicable.