Why Keep Your Home Clean?
Arriving At a Realistic Green Cleaning Policy: Part 1
To understand cleaning green, we must begin by understanding what it means “to clean.” We clean to remove three “things” from a surface, whether the surface is our floors, countertops, appliances, and fixtures such as toilets and showers.
The “things” we want removed are:
soil and debris, such as dirt, dried food, lime scale, and other visible substances;
dust, which includes a large number of visible and non-visible material; and
microorganisms, or microbes, which are tiny living creatures some of which can be quite harmful to humans.
Most people want a clean living environment because it not only looks good, but also it is conducive to good health. If left to accumulate, any of the three “things” above likely would negatively affect our good health:
soiled surfaces may attract flies, roaches, mice, insects, and microorganisms that pose obvious health dangers;
dust also contributes to hay fever, asthma, allergies, and other repertory conditions; and
microorganisms harmful to our health—“germs”—include bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungi present a number of serious health hazards.
To summarize, we can say that cleaning is the removal of “things” that can compromise our health if left to accumulate. We clean to eliminate or at least maintain safe levels of these “things.”
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