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Who Is ACI?

Providing Credible Resources for Our Partners and Consumers

To learn more about ACI, check out the video We Are the American Cleaning Institute.
Find out more about ACI's partnerships and friends.

The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) is a trade association that represents producers of household, industrial and institutional cleaning products, their ingredients and finished packaging; oleochemical producers; and chemical distributors to the cleaning-product industry.

ACI helps keep you and your family clean, safe and healthy at home, work and school by collaborating with organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Society of Microbiology to provide science-based educational resources and information. ACI also partners with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and others who help share messages with their members and clients about cleaning, health and hygiene, and the safe and proper use of cleaning products used to clean hands, dishes, laundry and surfaces such as countertops and floors.

Important initiatives this fall include:

  • Clean the World. ACI is a Silver Sponsor for the Inaugural Gala for Clean the World, an organization committed to reducing the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products and preventing the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses around the world.
  • Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP! (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) program is a joint initiative of CDC and ACI. This program seeks to improve hand-hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of infectious disease and reduce related absenteeism. This grassroots, education-based effort can help improve health by making hand-cleaning an integral part of the school day. Now open to all public/private K-12 schools in states, territories and tribes within the U.S., schools can use the resources and ideas on the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP website to create their own handwashing project, activity or campaign. December 1st is the deadline to apply for national recognition, which includes a cash award of $5,000 and all-expense-paid trip for three to Washington, DC. For more information, visit
  • Back to School Clean Hands Week Webinar. Promoting good hand hygiene is an ongoing need. Earlier this fall, experts from ACI, CDC, Education and Health Professions presented a webinar with up-to-date information about handwashing that helps others raise the awareness of the importance of hand hygiene in homes, schools, communities and the workplace. If you missed it, you can view the recording by visiting
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