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September 21, 2010
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Educational “Handouts” Available During International Clean Hands Week
American Cleaning Institute® Highlights Online Materials For Parents, Educators, Health Professionals at
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Cleaning Institute is offering free informational materials on hand hygiene for parents, educators and health professionals during International Clean Hands Week (September 19-25, 2010).
Tips, factsheets, brochures and research can be found on ACI’s website at
“We celebrate Clean Hands Week to remind parents and professionals to clean their hands,” said Nancy Bock, ACI Vice President of Consumer Education. “During these tough economic times, families don’t need another trip to the doctor’s office. Scientific evidence shows that handwashing is an exceptionally cost-effective health intervention.
“Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds can go a long way to preventing the spread of harmful germs that make us sick. If we’re away from soap and water, we can use portable items like hand sanitizers and hand wipes to help keep our hands clean.”
International Clean Hands Week was originated by the Clean Hands Coalition (, a unified alliance of public and private partners working together to create and support coordinated, sustained initiatives to significantly improve health and save lives through clean hands. The Coalition is facilitated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI - formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.
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