Author Archives: Lorraine Adler Altschuler

Sudsy and Soapy’s Teachable Cleaning Moment

For those of you who have kids heading off to school for the first time, it can’t hurt to give them a quick primer on how and when to wash their hands at school. The American Cleaning Institute’s fun Hooray for Handwashing video, coloring sheets, and music teach pre-school kids...

Cleaning Product Ingredient Info: Solvents

One of the many ingredients in cleaning products are solvents. Solvents are ingenious, actually. These amazing chemicals help give cleaning products the right thickness and help other ingredients stay mixed. They can also help prevent liquid products from freezing in cold climates. Want to learn more about solvents and the...

3 Items No School Backpack Should be Without

Notebooks? Check! Pencils? Check! Markers? Check! As parents, we do all we can to help our kids get off to school happy, healthy, and well prepared for their school activities.  In addition to their school supplies, there are items we can drop into backpacks to help ensure our youngsters stay...

Which is Better for Laundry – Hard or Soft Water?

Can the kind of water you have affect your laundry? You bet. It depends on the water’s softness or hardness. Soft water aids cleaning. Hard water poses some obstacles to cleaning. Hard water contains minerals (mostly calcium and magnesium) which react with soap to form a curd. Soap curd can...

You Won’t Believe Which Cleaning Job We Enjoy Most

Do tidy toilets at home make you happy? They might, according to ACI’s 2019 National Cleaning Survey. Clean potties were number one when it comes to what makes us happy. We can say the same for clean countertops, shiny floors, spotless sinks, sparkling showers and gleaming windows. Those are the...

Fun and Games with Surfactants!

In cleaning, surfactants – short for surface active agents – are a group of chemicals that change how water behaves, so that we can clean more effectively and efficiently. Surfactants reduce water’s surface tension, meaning that droplets won’t simply bead up on countertops, clothes, and dishes, but will spread out...

Stop and Smell Your Foyers

Answer: They are the ingredients in cleaning products that make our homes smell fresh and pretty. Question: What are fragrances? While some products have no scent at all, others include a mix of flowers, fruit, trees or essential oils (among others). ACI’s kid-friendly narrated website – www.explorationclean.org – was created...