It is said, “Hygiene is next to godliness.” It is because we can achieve nothing physically, mentally or spiritually if we are unclean in our body, mind, or soul. Nobody likes an unclean child or adult and a clean one is loved, desired and respected everywhere.
First of all, we should keep our body clean. We should have a daily bath with toilet soap or shampoo well-applied to all parts of our body and hair so that not a speck of dust or a drop of perspiration keeps sticking to us. We will feel unpleasant and lethargic instead of being alert. Hygiene is also very important for good health. A large number of bacteria keep sticking to our bodies and clothes.
If we do not wash them regularly, we can acquire several diseases. Dirty and unwashed clothes are not only a source of bad smell, but also, these are hotbeds for disease causing germs. We should brush our teeth and comb our hair regularly.
Similarly, we should cut our nails frequently as many germs enter our body through our fingers or toes. We should also protect our feet from dust and must put on socks and shoes. It is very important that the utensils, in which we take our meals, are neat and clean. The drinking water should be pure and clean and preferably filtered.
We should also keep our houses and environment clean. At a higher level, we can say, that apart from cleanliness and purity of body, purity of mind is also essential. We should learn how to develop only noble thoughts in our mind.
For that purpose, we should keep good company and must read pure and noble literature. It is the duty of parents and teachers to teach the lesson of cleanliness to the children so that they grow up as great and useful citizens and members of society.