10 points on cleanliness
the word cleanliness refers to the state of being free from dirt and germs as well as looking neat and tidy in appearance. it is a quality that is considered to be suitable to possess in each and every individual. when a person is clean then his impression in front of others increases manifold respect becomes more as well as his opinion is taken seriously. there is a famous phrase — Cleanliness is next to Godliness. thus, this phrase summarises how important the virtue of being clean is considered.
the word hygiene and cleanliness are often used interchangeably. its like bread and butter; i.e. both the terms are inseparable. its impossible to be hygienic without being clean. not being clean can have serious effects on the health of the individual. this will ultimately lead to loss of wealth and time if one is not taking care of his body.
basic cleanliness must be inculcated in the child right from an early age. this begins at home in the childhood. a child who follows all the right measures like being clean and hygienic grows up to be a well matured adult. this proper upbringing of the child must be taken care by the parents. however, it is important for the parents to preach what they follow. its because these effects leave a lasting impression on the minds of the children.
Types of cleanliness
cleanliness is a broad concept that is prevalent in the larger part of the society. as such one cannot really differentiate the varieties of cleanliness. however, if closely seen cleanliness can be termed on two levels — personal level and community level.
Personal level :
This type of cleanliness is to be followed on an individual level. this type of cleanliness refers to the habits which are followed to keep our bodies clean as well as maintain our immediate environment in a clean and hygienic state. it affects a person on a day to day basis. some of the examples of this type of cleanliness includes taking baths regularly, brushing of teeth at morning and night, wearing well washed clothes etc.
these habits are to be followed daily without any fail. also, while brushing our teeth we should make sure that the toothbrush that we use is well recommended by a dentist or it is changed every few months. we must keep our nails clean and cut it as short as possible because the nails store a lot of dust on them. the clothes that we wear must be stored in proper places safe from water and dust. they should be properly ironed and hung in proper places like almirahs or store boxes.
This type of cleanliness is to be followed on a larger social scale. this takes care of the immediate environment which surrounds a person or an individual in the ecosystem. to be able to live in a hygienic manner we must ensure that our environment is clean and free of unwanted particles. at first, we should ensure that there are separate dustbins to recycle bio-degradable and non-bio-degradable wastes in the society. one must never mix these two types of wastes and thrown in the dustbins. moreover, the more the amount of plastics we can reduce the better is our environment. recently, the government of India issued a blanket ban on the single use plastics and polyethene. this has ensured that paper bags and bags made from jute, cotton etc. are used in the markets.
the main advantage of environmental cleanliness is that the amount of garbage produced will be less. this means that the pollution level can be minimised if we follow these steps which will help not only to us but to our future generations as well. many times, we have heard cows dying due to plastics getting stuck in their throats. thus, by banning the single use plastics we can be sure that the health hazards to these animals will be reduced to a large extent.
Is cleanliness needed to be enforced?
we have seen in newspapers that many industries do not follow the standard procedures to dispose of the wastes after their production is over. these industries include the IC making industries, industries using coal as a fuel, leather industries etc. The IC industries produce e- wastes which are very harmful. these types of wastes are not disposed of nor are they recycled. they are, made to stagnate in the environment itself which leads to large scale pollution. the industries using coals do not follow the instructions and produce smoke in the amounts that far exceed the permissible levels. also, industries throw of the wastes in the nearby fields and rivers causing a lot of pollution. thus, the question arises whether cleanliness should be enforced upon by the government by making some laws?
at present there are many laws which make causing pollution intentionally a permissible offence. the Environment protection act is also present which has laid down policies to protect the environment. these laws are made for the big industries and corporations which have to follow the guidelines set to them.
similarly, at a personal level, schools have been using value education as a subject to teach the kids regarding cleanliness as well as personal hygiene. one must remember that the education and the direction that the kids receive at the schools as well from their parents leave a lasting impression on them.
thus, we should make sure that the kids grow well who are willing to keep their environment clean as well keep themselves healthy. and this has to start right at the early childhood stage. at times the kids may deviate from their paths and goals. thus, they should be properly guided at each and every stage of their life. this will ensure that as adults they will be willing to keep their environment and surroundings clean. this will help to maintain a hygienic ecosystem beneficial to both the individual as well as the surroundings. only then we can be sure that our future is in safe hands.