The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Understanding Products

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Soaps and detergents are essential to personal and public health. Through their ability to loosen and remove soil from a surface, they contribute to good personal hygiene; reduce the presence of germs that cause infectious diseases; extend the useful life of clothes, tableware, linens, surfaces and furnishings; and make our homes and workplaces more pleasant.

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Why Clean

Over the course of history, cleaning and hygiene has been shown to increase health and quality of life. Find out about the history of cleaning and how it is currently being used to promote well-being.

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About Ingredients

Each product formula is a careful balance of various ingredients that will work best for what you are trying to clean.  So what do those ingredients do?

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The Science of Soap

Understand the science behind cleaning products you might use every day and how things get clean. Get details about the chemistry of cleaning and the power of the surfactants.