Sanitation In The Home – What I was Taught As An Adolescent

When I was growing up, my Mother stressed the importance of cleanliness to me and my brothers and sister. She told us that being clean would help to keep us healthy. Then she went on to add that our home needed to be kept clean also, so that we would not have bugs such as roaches, and that roaches carry diseases. I Googled “Can roaches carry diseases?” I copied the top answer below.


Cockroaches may spread a range of diseases. It is believed that the cockroach may be a reservoir for a range of bacteria including salmonella, staphylococcus and streptococcus. The cockroach can also harbor viruses such as the polio virus.


Needless to say, I have been very conscious of trying to keep as clean of a house as I possibly can. I try to make sure that anytime food wrappers are thrown in any trash can except for the kitchen, then those trash cans are emptied at the same time as when I empty the kitchen trash can, which is every night, except for when the weather is too bad. If any food gets spilled, then I clean it up as quickly as possible as well. I make sure that all food containers are closed tightly, and all bread bags are twist tied very tightly.

The house needs to be vacuumed and dusted at least weekly, and more often if necessary. This includes the top of furniture and any nick knacks on the furniture, as well as the tops of door frames and around picture frames. Linens on the beds need to be changed at least weekly, and of necessity any time that there is any type of accident in the bed. Accidents may include things such as, getting sick, having bladder or bowel problems, or our pets getting sick and having accidents in our beds.

If by chance you have any type of fans, then they need to be cleaned every few months if they are used very often. I use mine everyday, and therefore need to clean them every two to three months. This is especially true if there are people in the household that have any types of breathing problems such as allergies, asthma or COPD.

Anytime anything is spilled, it needs to be cleaned up as quickly as possible. This will hopefully avoid getting any stains anywhere, and eliminate bugs coming because they smell whatever it was that got spilled. If something is accidentally dropped, and it break, then of necessity it must be cleaned up immediately. Sometimes the area has to be vacuumed or swept more than once to make sure that any small shards are gotten up. You don’t want to get any of the shards in your feet, from where they weren’t gotten up totally from the floor. Nor do you want any children of family members or friends, that may still be crawling around, to get any shards in their little fragile bodies anywhere. That would be an awful thing to have happen. Needless to say, that child would probably never be brought back to your house. I guess that would depend on how bad the injury was. But I would be horrified if a child ended up getting hurt because I had not gotten up the pieces of glass when something got broken.

With the change of the seasons, it is usually a good idea to go through clothes and discard any clothes that are ripped or stained. Any clothes that are too small should be given to organizations like Goodwill and/or The Salvation Army, so that those less fortunate than us can be helped out some.

Then there is the Spring Cleaning that needs to be done. All furniture needs to be pulled out and the woodwork and floor behind it and under it needs to be cleaned. Carpets need to be deep cleaned, as in having a carpet cleaning service to come in and clean them. That is unless you have the equipment to do it yourself. The windows, screens and doors need to be cleaned, as well as the gutters. If you live in an apartment all of this may be done by the apartment owners. If you own or are buying your own home, then you need to do it or hire someone to do it. If there is a garage, then it needs to be cleaned out also. The yard needs to have a going over too.

In doing all of this cleaning, it may be necessary to do some painting before the paint on the windows and trim work outside of the house starts cracking and peeling. Many people also have their roof checked out to make sure no shingles have come loose during the winter snows and bad weather. It is better by far to have it checked out than to wait until there is an obvious leak and major damage could be present that you haven’t discovered yet.

What I am trying to say is that anything that can be cleaned needs to be cleaned, and anything that needs to be repaired needs to be repaired. Not only is this necessary for keeping up your dwelling place, but it will also help you to feel better about yourself and your life. You will have such a sense of accomplishment you will be surprised.