Household, Industrial, and Institutional Cleaning

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Acme-Hardesty has been a leader in the distribution of bio-based products and specialty ingredients for household and industrial cleaning applications for over 75 years. We serve customers from numerous fields to help them produce safe and effective cleaning solutions to fit their application needs. Our product portfolio features everything from laundry detergents to hard surface cleaning ingredients, enabling our customers to find materials for their specific project needs.

We emphasize the importance of sustainability in everything we do, deriving ingredients from renewable resources while employing environmentally friendly methods to provide customers with natural solutions they can trust. Our renewable oleochemical products are veg-based, non-genetically modified organisms (GMO) and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)-free. We also procure all of our ingredients from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified manufacturers.

When you come to Acme-Hardesty for ethically sourced specialty ingredients, oleochemicals and preservatives, you’ll enjoy products that set the standard for quality and performance.

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We are your single source for sustainable oleochemicals derived from the most ethically sourced natural raw ingredients. As one of the industry’s leading oleochemical suppliers, we’re dedicated to delivering renewable resources to manufacturers worldwide.

We supply over 20 RSPO and BioPreferred® certified products, including fatty acids, metallic stearates, glycerin, fatty alcohols, methyl esters and more. Our fatty acids are particularly effective in many cleaning applications, acting as cleansing agents, surfactants, foam boosters, degreasers and emulsifiers. You can also purchase our palm kernel oil- (PKO) and palm oil-based products in RSPO Mass Balance.

Our palm oil and PKO-based ingredients are available as RSPO Mass Balance or Segregated. Other certifications also available!

RSPO: Certified Sustainable Palm Oil
Acme-Hardesty is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil).

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Castor Products

  • #1 Castor Oil
  • Castor Oil SD
  • Castor Oil USP
  • Castor Wax MP70
  • Castor Wax MP80
  • Dehydrated Castor Oil
  • Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • Organic Castor Oil
  • Pale Pressed Castor Oil
  • Zinc Ricinoleate

Glycerine & Glycols

  • Glycerine
  • Glyceryl Mono Stearate 450 V
  • Glyceryl Mono Stearate SE
  • Non-GMO Glycerine
  • Non-Palm Glycerine
  • Organic Glycerine
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Preservatives are necessary ingredients for household and industrial cleaning solutions, inhibiting bacterial growth and preventing product contamination and spoilage.

As a proud partner of Sharon Laboratories, Acme-Hardesty is able to provide customers with a comprehensive selection of high-performance preservation solutions. Sharon Laboratories has spent over 30 years providing high-quality preservatives to the home care industry while keeping up with industry trends. As one of the largest preservative producers in the world, Sharon delivers classic preservation systems with enhanced protection against yeast, mold and bacteria.


  • Phenochem
  • Other Preservative Blends
  • Sharomix™ 300
  • Sharomix™ EG14

Classic Preservation

Organic Acid Blends

  • Sharomix™ 702 SN
  • Sharomix™ 706 Plus
  • Sharomix™ 713
  • Sharomix™ 721


  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Chlorophenisin
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Sodium Gluconate

Wet Wipes

  • SharoWIPES™ 632
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We carry a broad assortment of surfactant chemistries optimized for the personal care industry. Surfactants are one of the primary components of cleaning detergents and other household cleaning agents, altering the way water behaves and reducing surface tension to deliver a more powerful clean. These ingredients act as wetting agents, detergents, dispersants and foaming agents for numerous household products like liquid hand soaps and laundry care products.


  • Cocamide MEA (CMEA)
  • Cocamide MIPA (CMIPA)

Alkyl Polyglucosides

  • Coco Glucoside
  • Decyl Glucoside
  • Lauryl Glucoside

Amine Oxides

  • Lauryl Amine Oxide

Amino Acid

  • Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate
  • Disodium Lauroyl Glutamate
  • Monosodium Lauroyl Glutamate



  • Green Behenic (BAPDMA)

Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylates

  • Lauryl Alcohol Ethoxylate


  • Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate


  • Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate




  • Acmepon™ DOSS
  • Sodium Xylene Sulfonate - 40%


  • Sodium Cocoyl Methyl Taurate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Taurate
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Esters & Emollients

At Acme-Hardesty, we carry high-quality esters and emollients optimized for any home care application. These multifunctional ingredients deliver lubricity and moisturization to finished products to achieve visually appealing results. When you come to us for emollient solutions, you’ll find a versatile line of products ranging from light and dry to heavy and rich formulas, allowing you to achieve your desired outcome.

Esters & Emollients

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As a leader in industrial cleaning chemicals, we produce high-quality thickeners that add consistency and density to numerous cleaning products. Thickeners are substances that increase the viscosity of a liquid without significantly altering its other properties. Thickening agents can also improve ingredient suspension and emulsion, ultimately increasing product stability. These substances are suitable for cleaning supplies such as floor cleaners, acids, soaps, detergents and other liquids containing alcohol.

Industrial cleaning thickeners are primarily used to thicken oxidizing compounds and disinfectant products of varying pHs to enhance spreading capabilities, reduce splashing and ensure desired contact time. Thickeners also allow users to create stable gel formations that are easier to apply than other cleaning agents.

There are different types of cleaning thickeners, such as gelling agents, which form a gel before dissolving in a liquid to form a loose cohesive structure. Other thickeners act as thixotropic additives, which resist strain through particle adherence.


  • Acmepol™ 940
  • Acmepol™ 941
  • Acmepol™ 980
  • Acmepol™ 981
  • Carboxylmethyl Cellulose (CMC)
  • Ecomyx THS
  • Xanthan Gum

Learn More About Our Industrial Cleaning Chemicals

Acme-Hardesty has provided companies across numerous industries with dependable oleochemical solutions for over seven decades. You can review the following product descriptions to learn about our industrial cleaning chemicals in greater detail.

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AHCOHOLTM 0898 is a 98% pure octyl alcohol solution found in many household and industrial cleaning applications. Octyl alcohol is an allergen-free, vegetable-based product extracted from nonanimal sources. You can purchase this ingredient in a liquid form that fits your needs. Octyl alcohol is often used as an emulsifying agent in metalworking fluids as well as a starting material for sulfate manufacturing. We carry this industrial cleaning chemical in Kosher liquid form with a shelf life of two years when properly stored according to Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements. You can purchase our octyl alcohol drums or bulk based on your packaging preferences.

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Coconut Fatty Acids

Coconut fatty acid is another highly effective cleaning agent suitable for use as a surfactant, emulsifier, foam booster and detergent. These versatile ingredients are frequently used as greases, lubricants, degreasing agents and rust inhibitors for metalworking and machinery applications. You can also apply them as mold-release agents for plastics and rubbers, biofuels for the oil and gas industry or conditioning agents for textile and leather manufacturing. Coconut fatty acid can also function as a wax for wood polishing and cutting board conditioning.

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Palm Kernel Fatty Acids

Palm kernel fatty acid is a vegetable-based ingredient extracted from palm fruit kernels. Like coconut fatty acid, palm kernel fatty acid are applicable as cleaning agents, foam boosters, surfactants and emulsifiers. These renewable industrial cleaning chemicals are commonly used as degreasing agents and rust inhibitors for metals and machinery, as well as mold-release agents for rubbers and plastics. You can also use them as waxes and anionic or nonionic surfactants. At Acme-Hardesty, our distilled palm kernel fatty acid is available for purchase in drums.

Find Eco-Friendly Industrial Cleaning Chemicals at Acme-Hardesty

For industrial cleaning thickeners, preservatives and other chemical substances, choose Acme-Hardesty. We gave oleochemicals a new meaning when we founded our company over 80 years ago, and we're still connecting manufacturers with high-quality ingredients that make a difference today. We're passionate about finding better ways to serve our customers.

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