Clean Hands

A Healthier World, One Touch at a Time

Touch is one of the first universal languages we learn and one that can transform a gesture into an action that shares gratitude, encouragement, kindness and comfort. However, using our hands to share this language can turn them into vehicles that facilitate the spread of germs.

That’s why handwashing with soap is one of the most critical steps to living a healthy lifestyle and is something that is so simple and can do so much. For many people handwashing with soap is not that simple. In places where it is difficult to access clean water and affordable soap, regular handwashing can be challenging.

Dow is a proud supporter of this cause through its affiliation with the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing as well as its relationships with brand owners. Dow works to help keep hands clean by developing solutions that help make soaps and body washes more affordable, last longer and feel better on the skin, such as like Dow POLYOX™ Water Soluble Polymers and Dow ACULYN ™ Excel Rheology Modifiers.


Soap breaks down grease, dirt, germs and bacteria from the skin so it can be easily removed when you wash your hands.


Dow ACULYN™ Rheology Modifiers

Dow understands the value that consumers place on the full experience of personal care products—from their aesthetics on the shelf, to the sensory experience they deliver, to the beauty benefits they bring. Dow’s broad portfolio of ACULYN™ Rheology Modifiers can help enhance texture, enable suspension of active ingredients and  bubbles, adjust flow properties and stabilize as well as thicken body wash formulations. By making body washes with enhanced texture, foam and stabilization at low pH, Dow’s ACULYN™ Excel Rheology Modifiers help make body washes that are milder for skin, enhancing the user experience.


Discover ACULYN™ Excel: How Our Technical Capabilities Helped Create Our Latest Innovation

Dow scientists talk about one of their latest personal care innovations, ACULYN™ Excel and the technical capabilities that allowed them to create this versatile and affordable rheology modifier for personal care applications. ACULYN™ Rheology Modifiers can help enhance texture, provide suspension, adjust flow properties and stabilize as well as thicken formulations in a variety of applications.


Global Handwashing Infographic

Discover some interesting global facts about handwashing and what it can mean for you and your loved ones.
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faucet Although people around the world clean their hands with water, very few use soap which removes germs much more effectively.


Dow POLYOX™ Water Soluble Polymers

Healthy living shouldn’t be a luxury—it’s a necessity.

By leveraging the power of science and collaboration, Dow and Unilever have delivered a bar of soap that allows more children – perhaps millions more – to live to see their fifth birthday. DOW POLYOX™ Water Soluble Polymers technology has brought distinct performance and sensorial benefits to Unilever's Lifebuoy™ soap. The result is a more affordable—and life changing—hygienic product for those in economically challenged regions. This innovative collaboration with Unilever marks the fourth accomplishment in Dow’s "Breakthrough to World Challenges," exceeding a milestone set by the company as part of its 2015 Sustainability Goals.