Sustainability Masthead New



Health & Hygiene

Focusing on the Community

In 1927, the Cleanliness Institute was created by the then Association of American Soap and Glycerine Producers to teach the value of hygiene. The Institute published and disseminated educational materials in cooperation with public and private organizations, including schools and health, social, and welfare agencies, to improve hygiene practices.

That spirit of education and outreach continues today at the American Cleaning Institute.

Healthy Schools Logo      

Healthy Schools Healthy People: It’s a Snap

The School Network for Absenteeism Prevention (SNAP) program seeks to improve hand hygiene habits among students to help prevent the spread of infectious disease and reduce related absenteeism. This hands-on initiative for schools is designed to help keep students in school and learning by promoting clean hands. Since 2003, schools have received recognition for their handwashing projects.

Safe Laundry Practices  

Laundry Room Safety: Learn to protect your family

The American Cleaning Institute is dedicated to creating better living through the safe and effective use of cleaning products. Laundry product labels contain first aid information and are a valuable resource for consumers.

Read and follow all recommended instructions on the product label prior to use. Knowing what
to do if an accident occurs is important. Always read product safety information on the package so that you know what to do before accidents happen.

Learn more about keeping your family safe and clothes clean.

cleaning matters  

Cleaning Matters: Newsletter

ACI’s bi-monthly consumer newsletter has a long history of sharing tips and trends about cleaning products with the public. Each issue shares information that you can use when cleaning your homes, hands, clothes, dishes and surfaces. And, we include seasonal topics, helpful hints and information from the experts.

Cleaning for a Reason logo  

Cleaning for a Reason: Proud Partner

American Cleaning Institute is a proud supporter of the Cleaning For A Reason™ Foundation and their work to sustain cleanliness for women undergoing treatment for cancer. ACI has partnered up with this group to help educate the public about the vital link between health and hygiene.


Global Handwashing Day: October 15

ACI celebrates Global Handwashing Day and encourages the practice of handwashing as it is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent death for millions of children in developing countries every year. Join us in helping to raise awareness about the importance of clean hands 365 days a year.

50th Anniversary Poison Prevention Week  

Poison Prevention

ACI is an active council member of the National Poison Prevention Week Council to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. It is our goal  to preventing poisonings every day and help ensure the safety of children and adults in your home and your community.

Clean the World  

Clean the World

ACI supports Clean the World, an organization which collects discarded soaps, shampoos, conditioners and other hygiene products from more than 1,200 participating hotels and hospitality partners and distributes them to help prevent disease and avoidable death in areas where essentials for cleanliness are otherwise not readily available. In just two years, they’ve distributed more than 9.5 million bars of soap to those in need in more than 45 countries.



Did you know there was a one-stop-shop resource for all things recycling? is a comprehensive web directory that provides consumers with more than one million ways to recycle more than 300 different materials in every state. The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI), an association that represents the U.S. cleaning-product industry, is proud to be their partner.