Cleanliness in Good Health

Health and Cleanliness Essay

The subject of cleanliness has been discussed from all angles for many years. Arguments against, as well as for, have been presented with various degrees of effectiveness. It was not so long ago that washing the whole body was considered a sin and a shame, and bath-tubs were originally introduced in spite of protests from the sanitarians.

The pendulum has now swung too far in the other direction. Cleanliness is sometimes claimed to be the means of prevention and cure of almost all kinds of diseases. Health Departments are often required to spend a great deal of time and money on municipal housekeeping such as street cleaning and collection of refuse. Expense of this kind should not be charged up to health work as there is very slight chance that disease can be prevented in this way.

On the other hand, cleanliness in the form of pure water, pasteurized milk from inspected dairies, fresh food from sanitary kitchens and stores—handled by people free from communicable disease—all have a real effect upon the public health.

Personal cleanliness is very much a matter of personal choice. There are certain social standards that most of us prefer to measure up to, but small habits are those most likely to affect health. Keeping the hands clean probably does more to promote our own health and prevent spreading disease to others than all the other types of personal cleanliness put together. Children can be directed toward the clean hands habit with effective results from an early age. Source:

American Public Health Association. What To Tell The Public About Health. 1933. Print. The Importance Of Household Cleaning It's only natural to want for our personal space to become as clean as possible, from our home, to the car, and all the way to our jobs as well. Many people expect a certain level of cleanliness, and it's not just fastidiousness that makes it that way.

Cleaning a carpet is proven to remove not only various forms of dirt and stains, but also to drastically cut down the quantity of allergens inside the carpet. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification unofficially presides within the cleaning industry of America: it had been a good proceed to create the ICRC. Which means that cleaning companies all have a base standard they must hold themselves to, or likely find themselves accountable for by the client if negligent, which could irreparably hurt their sales to other potential prospects.

The ICRC acknowledges five different cleaning methods: dry compound, encapsulation bonnet, steam, and shampoo cleaning. You might be surprised to find this this, but vacuum cleaning is not one of the accepted cleaning techniques – it simply doesn't remove dirt along with other small nuisances effectively enough.

Office cleaning, known professionally as commercial cleaning, provides employers a much-needed service that usually can't be performed by the in-house staff without hiring full time janitorial services. Or possibly the organization has swelled a lot that the janitorial staff just can't handle the workload, and an outside company needs to be contacted to take care of the extra cleaning dilemma.

A clean office is essential within the proven fact that it makes a more fluid work place that's both aesthetically pleasing, and healthy to boot. Even though there has been no official long-term studies, a consistently clean carpet might help boost employee morale and satisfaction – while also keeping them from picking up any dirty particulate matter ensconced inside the carpet that may potentially make them sick; dislodged when people track through.

There's also a lot of companies that offer window-cleaning services, for both office and home. If you've ever owned or rented a home, you realize just how dirty your windows may become if you end payment focus on them for a week or two. It's not hard to do what's right, and who knows, you may wind up saving more income than you might expect.

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– It does not take a great deal of imagination to realize what can happen at a restaurant or soda fountain where many people use the same dishes, glasses, forks, and spoons in the course of a day. What is done to these articles between customers determines to a great extent whether or not one eats there in safety.

Occasional checks are made on eating utensils by taking cultures from them to show whether bacteria are, present in small or large numbers. The results are easily demonstrated and are effective in securing improvements where needed. We are sometimes criticized for burdening the merchant, "struggling hard to earn an honest dollar," with expense that he claims to he prohihitive. The cost of tuberculosis, syphilis, influenza, pneumonia, and all the other catching diseases is also prohibitive and the public is entitled to protection. Health, rather than profits, should come first.

Stricter rules for cleanliness call for complete sterilization of eating utensils in public places with the result that equipment for soaking in boiling water or contact with live steam is being installed.

Paper cups and dishes are aids to safety Patrons can protect themselves—to some extent at least—by asking for them whenever possible. Greater insistence on cleanliness by the public will go a long way toward making food handlers of all kinds realize the importance and wisdom of sanitation.

Look Around Your Home

A thought about this subject as it applies at home may not be out of place. When a "catching" disease occurs we give instructions that the patient shall have his own eating utensils during the illness. We often wonder how carefully this is observed. Have you considered the drinking glass in the bath-room and the part it may play in the spread of colds?

A little care about such things may prevent a family epidemic. Give your home a sanitary inspection.

Source: What to Tell the Public About Health. New York: American Public Health Association, 1933. Print. Why Cleanliness Matters: The Dirt You Can't See Can Hurt You THE ancient philosophy that one must eat a peck of dirt before he dies has gone into the discard.

We are getting finicky on the subject. We were formerly content to drink most any kind of clear water or white milk, but nowadays we insist that the water be purified by the latest type of filter plant and then sterilized by chlorine gas. The milk must be clean and, beside that, pasteurized for extra safety. We insist that proper garbage and sewage disposal be provided and that the generations of the house fly shall be cut off. As a result we have the least dirt-borne disease of any age in history.

"What you can't see or don't know won't hurt you."

This refuge for careless and dirty people has led many a poor wight to an untimely end. There is clean dirt and dirty dirt. Coal soot soils the linen but does not poison us. The dirt of the machine-shop or the cornfield is ordinarily harmless when on our hands or clothes, or even in our food. Dirty dishes are merely smeared with food—perfectly wholesome food as a rule—which has been left.

Actually it is the dirt that you can't see that is most dangerous.

A lump of clay would obviously render a bottle of milk unfit for drinking, but otherwise would do little harm. A few germs of typhoid in the same bottle would be entirely beyond detection even by the most refined bacteriological technic, but might easily cause disastrous consequences.

Practically the sole source of dangerous dirt is the bodies of human beings. This kind of dirt carries the germs of typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria, influenza, colds and most of the other catching diseases. Since we cannot often tell which is the clean and which the dirty dirt it is the best policy to keep it all out of our mouths and as far away from the rest of our bodies as we can. It is very doubtful if many people eat their allotment of a peck of dirt—the undertaker gets them first.

Source: What to Tell the Public About Health. New York: American Public Health Association, 1933. Print.