I bet someone is really interested in this. In our society today, we find it difficult to embrace cleanliness and with the rate of disease outbreak, it is compulsory we pay more attention to our health and wellbeing. We have numerous communicable diseases and some of them can be prevented if we do the needful (take care of our environment).
Can you remember the attitude we all put out when Ebola decided to visit our country? I remember how a friend of mine went crazy about the whole thing. She ensured she had her bath at intervals using all sorts of antiseptic soaps, sanitizers, and disinfectants. When we were finally free from its claws, she relaxed. Now, I have come to the conclusion that cleanliness is an attitude and whether we believe it or not a lot of us do not possess it.
Let us look into hygiene and personal hygiene. Hygiene refers to conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases while personal hygiene refers to maintaining the body’s cleanliness. If you are the type that does not make conscious efforts to maintain your body’s cleanliness, I am afraid, you are causing a lot of harm. You see, we take these little things with levity and suffer from the consequences later. Some will say: “who bathing help“? You go out in the morning, come in contact with so many people and touch a lot of dirty objects; you get back home, ignore washing your hands, eat and sometimes go to bed like that and then, it becomes a habit. The excuse you give is I am tired. Some of us take public transport every day and we sit with sweaty people, you still will not have your bath when you get home. The worst of it all is using the convenience without washing your hands. Are you trying to breed diseases for sale? The annoying part of it is some of us appear all neat and trim outside but our homes are a no go area.
I visited a friend one day and I could feel the stench oozing out from the house. I faked a phone call that day and lied I had an impromptu appointment. If it was that bad on the outside, I wonder what my situation would have been if I decided to go in. Like that is not enough, some find it difficult to wash their clothes and undergarments. Have you ever come in contact with a guy that sags only to see the brown boxers calling out to you? (LOL). I can go on and on giving so many instances but let us stop here.
Ever heard of Cholera and Dysentery? You do not want to know its perils. In the worst cases, people lose their lives and its all because of negligence. Now the question is: How do we maintain personal hygiene?
• You need to cultivate the habit of washing your hands regularly. You use your hands to eat, lift and do other chores. It is very important that we all wash our hands every now and then to avoid taking in germs. A hand sanitizer will not do any harm.
• Routine cleaning of your kitchen, bathroom and toilet is necessary to prevent the spread of pathogens.
• Wash your clothes as at when due and make sure you rinse off the soap properly before spreading them.
• Avoid keeping long nails and for ladies who fix, do not miss your manicure and pedicure appointments.
• Have your bath at least 2 times daily and employ the use of deodorants to avoid body odour.
• Wash your food items (raw materials) properly before cooking.
• Wash your hair as at when due. Ladies are guilty of this. We put on wigs and some of us do not take care of what we have under the wigs. From time to time, wash and plait your hair.
• Dispose your toiletries supply, sanitary towels and garbage properly.
• Avoid picking your nose with your hands. It is a bad habit.
• Sweep, tidy your surrounding.
And so on.
I am sure you have noticed they are all simple actions. Take good care of yourself so you do not get to spend so much money to save your life.
Remember, cleanliness is next to Godliness.