Question: Kristi asks: Hi. I was wondering what your thoughts are on Melaleuca Cleaning Products. The disinfectant Soluguard kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on hard nonporous surfaces. (It cleans, disinfects, and sanitizes).
Product of USA #4020 06/11U EPA Reg. No. 66251-2 EPA Est. No. 66251-ID-003 or EPA Est. No. 66251-ID-001 or EPA Est. No. 66251-TN-001 Does Soluguard meet LEED requirements?
Thanks for your question.
LEED EBOM 2009 IEQ Credit 3.3: Green Cleaning – Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials requires that disinfectants meet the California Code of Regulations’ maximum allowable VOC levels for the specific product category.
I cannot determine from the MSDS sheet for this product (under the Percent Volatile by Volume category in Section 9 it lists “Not Applicable”) if it meets the California Code or not.
Keep in mind that disinfectants are not really “green.” Please refer to my articles on disinfectants and LEED and LEED EBOM and Green Cleaning: 3 Credits and Prerequisites for Disinfectants for further information. Also, keep in mind for the IEQ Credit 3.3 (which covers the purchases of cleaning products, janitorial paper products and trash can liners) only 30 percent of your overall spend has to meet the criteria to earn the credit point.
LEED recognizes that there is not always a satisfactory “green” alternative for every janitorial purchase a building owner, operator or cleaning contractor, may make. So in the case of disinfectants, they are typically a very small portion of the overall janitorial spend and whether they meet the LEED requirement or not will have little impact on one’s ability to earn the IEQ 3.3 credit.
The majority of the spend will be found in the paper and trash can liner categories, and there are many options from many different manufacturers that will meet the requirements.
I hope this helps to answer your question.