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October 24, 2012 11:15 AM

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Extension Professional’s Cleaning Party Honored for "Teaching Clean"

  • University of Tennessee Extension Agent Receives ACI Clean and Healthy Families & Communities Award
  • National Award Presented at the 2012 NEAFCS Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 24, 2012 – An Extension Agent’s "cleaning party" to demonstrate the importance of a clean, healthy home is the recipient of the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) 2012 Clean and Healthy Families & Communities National Award.

The honor was presented to Carla Youree Bush, University of Tennessee Extension Agent, at the annual conference of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS).

Mrs. Bush is a Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent in Cannon County, Tennessee. With the cooperation a local housing authority, she held a "get together" with friends and neighbors with the purpose of educating about the importance of a clean, healthy home and demonstrating simple, easy ways to clean, using ACI education materials.

The housing authority director later reported that, as a result of the "Clean and Healthy Home" training, housing conditions improved for those who implemented the cleaning techniques that were taught.

"Sharing simple, common sense cleaning practices and using everyday cleaning products properly can make a real difference in people’s lives," said Nancy Bock, ACI Senior Vice President of Education. "Extension educators know how to ‘teach clean.’ We are proud of our longstanding relationship with NEAFCS and are glad to have the opportunity to recognize professionals like Carla, for her outstanding work to improve the lives of people in her community."

The Clean and Healthy Families & Communities Award honors outstanding educational programming efforts that use many of ACI’s educational materials and promote the connection between cleanliness and health. Programs must demonstrate innovative outreach efforts that impact the local community and raise the awareness of the proper use and/or storage of cleaning products.

For more information on the award, visit


The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) 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.

National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) educates and recognizes Extension professionals who improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. NEAFCS ( provides education in food preparation, food safety and nutrition; financial management; healthy lifestyles; home & work environment and safety, relationship and parenting skills and much more!