Why you should examine your cleanliness habits?

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Standards of personal cleanliness differ greatly from one country to another and even from one person to another.

People might regard themselves as being clean according to the standards to which they are accustomed.

Whereas other people, used to different standards, would regard them as being dirty.

Irrespective of the different personal concepts of cleanliness, there are good reasons for examining one’s own standards of cleanliness with the desire of seeing how they can be improved.

Health-damaging organisms that can be seen only with the aid of a microscope flourish in unclean surroundings.

These organisms can cause serious diseases in the members of a household, even taking the lives of some.

Out of concern for their welfare a diligent effort should be made to improve the household’s standard of cleanliness and to maintain it at a high level.

Long-established practices in the home should be questioned to see if they can be improved.

For example, do all members of the family use the same towel in the bathroom?

If so, the practice is dangerous to their health.

Cleanliness and hygiene

Dirty hands are a means of transmitting diseases.

They can transfer disease causing organisms to the eyes, nose and mouth, thus making it possible for these organisms, to gain entrance to the body.

In public a person’s hands touch many things that other people, some of whom may have sicknesses, have handled.

Persons with colds get mucus that is filled with organisms on their hands.

Wherever they place their hands, such as on stair railings, they leave some off these organisms.

Other persons place their hands on the same railings, and when they put their hands on their face or handle food without first washing their hands they transfer those organisms into their own bodies.

Oftentimes this results in their getting the sickness the other person had.

The infection known as trench mouth can be picked up in this way as well as a number of other infections.

A person can safeguard his health by always being careful to wash their hands with soap and water before handling food and after using toilet facilities.

If one has any kind of sickness one should wash their hands more frequently so as not to spread ones sickness to others.

When one blows their nose, for example, they should wash their hands before handling anything that could pass his cold on to other persons.

When at a dining table, one should never, whether sick or not, handle a milk or water pitcher by the lip that is used for pouring.

If one does, they will cause others at the table to drink the disease organisms his hands have picked up.

Home cleanliness

A definite sign that the standard of cleanness in a home can be improved is the presence of bugs and rodents.

They flourish in unclean houses, and they can be dangerous to the health of the family.

Fleas carried on rats can transmit the deadly bubonic plague, which in the seventeenth century killed 15 percent of the people in London.

A thorough; periodic cleaning of a house helps to combat mice and rats by removing some of their hiding places and revealing where traps can best‘ be set.

Storing foods they like in metal containers also helps.

Cockroaches are particularly fond of unclean homes and will flourish in them.

Having them crawl all over one’s food, plates, pots and various eating utensils is unpleasant to see and dangerous to one’s health.

They have been accused of transmitting tuberculosis, cholera, typhoid fever, leprosy, intestinal disorders and polio.

When food particles are left lying in cupboards and on kitchen floors, they are encouraged to take up residence in the house.

By keeping the kitchen, cupboards and dining room clean of food particles and of things that have been spilled, the presence of cockroaches is discouraged.

Periodic cleaning of dark closets in other parts of the house also helps to keep them away.

Flies are still another grave health menace in a home.

When they are permitted to swarm about a house and crawl over the family’s food as it sits on the table, the health of the family is being seriously endangered.

Flies can carry on and in their bodies dangerous microscopic organisms that cause typhoid fever, sleeping sickness, trachoma, dysentery, polio and other diseases.

If there is a privy in the backyard of the house that is not properly constructed so as to keep out flies or if human or animal waste matter is lying exposed on the ground or if garbage is stacked up in the yard, flies will breed in great numbers.

They will form a regular circuit of flight between this filth they crawl on and the food in the kitchen or on the dining room table of the house.

The health of a family is protected when screens are put on the windows of the house so as to keep out flies and when the yard and privy are kept clean so flies cannot breed.

Garbage should be kept in covered garbage cans until it can be disposed of by being buried or by some other means.

Human wastes should never be left exposed to flies but should be buried or well covered.

A good standard of cleanliness cannot be maintained in a house if chickens and pigs are allowed to wander freely in and out of it.

Since they can track in disease causing organisms and leave deposits of them in the excrement they drop in the house as well as bring in lice and other parasites, they should be kept outside.

The doors of the house should be closed to them at all times.

Frequent laundering of bed linen and clothing is necessary for maintaining a good standard of cleanliness.

Bedbugs love to hide in unclean bedding and mattresses until nighttime, when they come out to feed on the blood of the persons sleeping on such beds.

Although some persons have ventured the thought that bedbugs do not transmit disease organisms, others accuse them of transmitting thirty infectious diseases, including leprosy, smallpox, yellow fever and sleeping sickness.

Cloth and body cleanliness

Dirty clothes and bed linen can also harbor lice.

When a person has a sore or any kind of sickness, he contaminates his clothing and bed linen with organisms that can transmit his ailment to persons that come in contact with them.

Keeping them clean helps to protect other members of the household from getting his sickness and also helps him to get over it more quickly.

Lack of cleanliness is frequently one of the reasons why the sickness of one member of a family spreads to the others.

Clothing, especially undergarments quickly become filled with perspiration and body oils that give off a foul odor that grows worse the longer a person wears them.

Changing of undergarments twice a week is not too often.

Frequent bathing of one’s body is just as important as changing undergarments.

Although a person may not be able to smell his own body odors, other persons can.

His lack of cleanness is as clearly evident to them as if he wore a sign announcing that he is unclean.

No matter what the local standard of cleanness may be, there are good reasons why individuals should examine their personal habits for ways to improve.

Cleanliness brings many benefits to those who are willing to practice it.