The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Cleaning at Home

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Your home is your castle. We can help you make it sparkle! Start with the Cleaning Basics and review tips and solve your cleaning problem for clean surfaces, dishes, laundry, and hands.

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Home Cleaning Basics

What are the most important steps to keeping a home clean and healthy? This guide gets you what you need to know for cleaning, from the kitchen to the bathroom to the laundry.

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Room by Room Guide

The room-by-room tour in this section takes a closer look at some of the most common surfaces in today's homes ... the challenges they present ... and their cleaning solutions.

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Home Cleaning Solutions

Clean hands are all about good health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others is to wash our hands.

Don't Forget...

Always keep cleaning products up and out of reach from children, especially liquid laundry packets!

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Laundry

Doing laundry sounds as though it couldn't be simpler, especially with today's "easy care" fabrics, automatic appliances and sophisticated laundry products.

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Dishwashing

Washing dishes is probably subject to more variables than any other household clean-up job. In theory, at least, any detergent or soap can be used for hand dishwashing, except an automatic dishwasher detergent.

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Home Cleaning Efficiency

Cleaning is a good thing, but if you’re using too many resources, it can quickly turn from a positive to a negative. By being more efficient, not only will you reduce the amount of water, energy and other resources you would typically use to keep your clothes and space clean and organized, but you can save time and money, too.

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De-Cluttering

There’s no doubt about it: not only can clutter accumulate in your home, but it can seem to build up in your brain too. The more "stuff" that accumulates, the more daunting it can be to clean around it. But reducing general clutter can be liberating and bring a breath of fresh air wafting through your living space.

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Cleaning After a Flood

If your home has experienced flooding, here are some steps you can take to clean up.