Hygiene and Cleanliness

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Seaman Apprentice Ciano-McGee
13-May-13
Cleanliness
The Free Dictionary online precisely defines cleanliness as “Cleanliness is both the abstract state of being clean and free from dirt, and the process of achieving and maintaining that state, habitually and carefully neat and clean”. This definition of cleanliness can be understood in many different ways. It can be understood literally as being physically clean as in bathing and washing along with keeping clean surroundings. It can also be taken to mean that by the act of being clean we therefore are clean as a person, in what we do regarding everyday activities. To me, cleanliness should be performed and maintained in everyday life because not only is it healthy, it is monumentally important because how am I supposed to take care of others as a corpsmen if I can’t even take care of myself. Being clean and organized will install confidence in others when they see me especially if I am a corpsmen treating them. In some quarters, it is said that cleanliness is next to godliness and most people view it as an issue of personal concern. What however cannot be overemphasized is the importance of cleanliness. From the moment we are born, our parents demonstrate high levels of hygiene not only to avert diseases associated with dirt but to instill a mentality of cleanliness in us as children. Cleanliness can be used as a way of achieving something else. For example, in the case of human beings, it may be important to pay attention to cleanliness so as to avoid being a host to contaminants associated with dirt. In this paper, I will look at the importance of cleanliness and the impact that a dirty living area may have on me as a corpsmen, and as a person. Another dictionary precisely defines cleanliness as a situation where dirt is not present. In the broader and most understood sense, dirt is anything that is not in most cases useful and can cause staining of clothes, soiling of hands, germs or other pathogens. With relevancy towards my room some of the things considered as dirt or can cause dirt include garbage, soil, substances that are spilt etc. However, in a more modern sense, cleanliness has been regarded as a situation where germs and other materials that can in one way or the other be considered hazardous are not present. To restate again the importance of cleanliness both to an individual and those around him cannot be overemphasized. Cleanliness has so many inherent long term benefits that most people do not know of. For starters, Cleanliness reduces the risk of diseases and infections Most of the diseases a human being grapples with in his day to day life are avoidable and can easily be kept in check by observing basic hygiene measures. Diseases such as typhoid are linked to the consumption of dirty water. A wide range of skin infections can also be attributed in the failure of being and remaining clean. It has also been discovered that diseases such as gingivitis which causes the inflammation of the human teeth gums is caused by poor mouth hygiene (which is a synonym of cleanliness) which includes failure to brush teeth. It therefore goes without saying that the only way to ensure that our lives are rid of germs and other disease causing organisms is to enhance high levels of cleanliness both at home and in our places of work. Furthermore, Cleanliness reduces chances of attracting pests and rodents. The presence of pests and rodents associated with dirt in our room would be embarrassing, plus it would be very costly health-wise in the long run. Rodents such as rats are also associated with dirt and by keeping an unclean area we will unintentionally provide them with a home. It is good to note that apart from the embarrassment that these disease carrying rodents and parasites will cause they will also bring along some dangerous germs that can end up being harmful to the people around us. In addition to attracting rodents a number of organisms have been linked to the...
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