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Keith has manufactured and sold his hand cleaner for over 60 years. Keith’s Hand Cleaner is the best hand cleaner on the market for thorough cleaning.
This is our story in the words of Keith Sr.:
“My Dad was a mechanic and a rock hound. As a mechanic he was always looking for something better to clean his hands. As a rock hound, he would search the hills in Southern Idaho for arrowheads and precious minerals. He had even staked a precious metals claim near Sublett, Idaho in 1921 (the same year I was born). My son, Keith Jr. and I were led by a friend who knew the area very well to find a tobacco can-- with the written claim inside--still sitting on the cornerstone of the claim some 56 years later in 1977.”
“In these same hills in Southern Idaho there is an abundance of pumice or volcanic ash. My father and I experimented with the pumice to make a hand cleaner that over a few years of trial and error turned into the formula we use for Keith’s Hand Cleaner today.”
“Originally we used picks and shovels to dig the pumice out of the hillside, load it in gunny sacks, and haul it back to Rupert, Idaho where we crushed the pumice stones and ground them into a fine powder for use in our hand cleaner.”
- Keith L. Wilson Sr.
Keith Jr. and his family now run the business in the footsteps of his dad. Keith Sr., passed away in 2009 at 88 years old.
All of our pumice comes from Hess Pumice, Inc. in Malad City, Idaho, a major supplier of pumice around the world.
1921 Grandpa Wilson makes precious minerals claim in Sublett, ID.
1921 Keith Wilson is born in Tremonton UT.
1949 Keith and Uncle Charlie begin digging pumice in Sublett (signatures and dates carved on cave wall.)
1950 Keith develops formula for Keith's Hand Cleaner.
1959 Keith Jr. is born.
1960 Keith incorporates in Rupert, Idaho for the first time.
1976 Business washed out in Teton Dam Disaster (located in Sugar City, ID.)
1977 Keith coaches Keith Jr. in HS Varsity football.
1980 Keith & Keith Jr. make selling trip to Albequerque and Dallas (prior only sold in Idaho.)
January 2009 Keith Jr. focuses full-time on Keith's Hand Cleaner.
August 2009 Keith Sr. passes away (88 years old.)
2018 Keith Jr. expands business online.