A workplace toilet is a dirty, old toilet that doesn’t meet the hygiene standards set by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
It is usually filled with debris and other dirty materials and can have signs of wear and tear that need to be repaired.
The American Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AOEM) recommends toilet cleaners use detergent to remove stains and other signs of contamination.
The AOEM also advises people to use a detergent-based product to clean the toilet and a soap and water-based detergent for hand washing.
But many workplaces use a combination of detergent and soap and are not required to follow the AOE guidelines.
“The best thing to do is to use soap and detergent,” said Jennifer Hickey, a certified toilet cleaner.
“You want to wash the toilet so that there’s no residue on it and then wash the rest of the area so that it’s clean and free of dirt.
If there’s a little residue on the walls and the floor then you need to use some cleaning product to remove it.”
While some people do not have access to a professional bathroom cleaner like Clorox, others do.
Many workplaces also use a different toilet paper that contains a chemical called glycolic acid that can irritate skin, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
The Academy recommends using a product that does not contain glycol.
But some people find that glycol-based products have not helped remove stains or other contaminants.
“There’s a lot of people that don’t like the glycol,” said Katie Litt, a professional cleaning and maintenance professional.
“It tends to irritate people, make them cough and they have a hard time breathing.”
Toilet cleaners use a range of detergents, which are more concentrated than soap and may have a higher concentration of glycol, Litt said.
But when used correctly, detergent can remove all stains, according the AOMC.
AOEMS recommends that people use soap-based and glycol based products to clean their toilet.
Litt also recommended using detergent if you are using a hand sanitizer that contains glycol and is not detergent free.
“I like the Glycol and soap, they’re a couple of products that I use in my business, so I don’t have to worry about glycol residue,” Litt added.
“And if I’m cleaning with glycol or soap, I just use that.”
If you are looking for a cleaner that doesn, however, you should check out the list of recommended hand sanitizing and hand washing products on the AOOE website.