In the last six months my shower has been cleaned twice. The toilet gets a weekly clean but the shower is forever avoided. Mopping the floor is another neglected area. The last time I mopped the floor we were in the middle of a gastro outbreak.* The kind where vomit ends up on the floor and you really just can't use a tea towel to mop it up.
Have you ever wondered how often you need to be cleaning certain things? I started an online search but this only led me to find hundreds of cleaning freaks who were spruiking their OCD-style cleaning schedule. No thank you!
|Cleanliness = happiness according to my nana's 1938 |
domestic science handbook.
According to the author, "cleanliness is the foundation of modern life" and that it is because of cleanliness that "we can all live together in comfort and happiness."
It sounds like cleanliness is the answer to achieving a happy household or even, dare I say it, world peace.
The reader is urged to keep three things in mind when maintaining a clean household:
- Flies are evil - Flies are described as deadly creatures that harbour the "summer diarrhea that kills many babies annually".
- Heat - Heat is a good bacteria killer. One of its best uses is natural sunlight. The author suggests that a housewife can simply, "open [the] windows and strong sunlight will kill most germs in a couple of hours." Now this is too easy!
- Ice - Food on ice is an "excellent hygiene method." No mention of a fridge here. It is 1938 after all.
In looking at these three simple cleaning criterias I don't feel so bad. Time to rip off my apron, open the windows to let the sunshine in, put the food on ice, get my fly spray ready and put my feet up!
I would be quite happy cleaning 1930s style.
* This post was actually written a couple of weeks ago and since then I have been forced to mop the floor more times in this last fortnight than I did all year! There have been a number of wee-wee accidents, large spillages and mud trampled through the house that has moved me to such great cleanliness. With such a clean floor I am thoroughly enjoying dropping food and eating it straight off the floor without a worry.