Better Housekeeping

Throw out as much of the wall to wall carpeting as you can

bear to part with. It is injurious to everyone's health, even though

it's comforting to bare feet and looks pretty.

Carpets clean our shoes. Modern shoes, with their deep

treads, bring in huge amounts of outdoor filth which settles deep

down into the carpets. In spite of vacuuming every week, the filth

accumulates.

Vacuum the carpets when the children, the sick and elderly

are out of the house. The dust raised and distributed throughout

the house isn't just dirt, it's infectious dirt. It lands on tables and

counters. These get wiped with a cloth or sponge and then applied

to dishes. The dust in the kitchen falls on open food and

into open containers.

Clean carpets with a “steam cleaner”. When you see how

much filth is in the water and realize how much dirt you were

living with, you might be willing to trade in the “beauty” of

carpets for the cleaner living of smooth floors. Don't add chemicals

(commercial cleaning solutions) to the steam cleaning machine;

these chemicals leave a residue in the carpet which dries

and flies up into the air to add to the dust. Popular stain resistance

treatments contain arsenic. Cobalt, which adds “lustre” to

carpets, causes skin and heart disease after it has built up in your

organs. Use borax instead of detergent. Use boric acid to leave a

residue that kills roaches and fleas (but not ants). Add vinegar

that leaves a residue to repel ants. Nothing controls fleas

reliably, except getting rid of the carpets and cloth furniture

(keep pets out of bedrooms). Removing all the borax is what

brings luster to the carpet. Use citric acid in the rinse water for

this purpose. Adding lemon peel to the rinse also adds luster and

ant deterrence. Just drop the whole lemon in the tank so it can't

block the hoses.

Fleas and other vermin in the carpet simply crawl below the

wetness level when you wash the carpet. Spraying a grain alcohol

solution with lemon peel in it (it needs to extract for a half

hour) on the damp carpet will reach and kill a lot of these, together

with the residual bacteria. The damp carpet lets it spread

evenly and reach all the crevices.

We are trapped in our dwellings. Primitive peoples were

mobile. This got them away from accumulations of filth and

rubbish in their living space. Much living was done outdoors, the

cleanest space of all.

Now, air conditioning has made indoor living more comfortable.

But also has added new hazards. The strong currents of

air blow the dust about continuously. Molds and bacteria that

grow right on the air conditioning unit get blown about for all to

inhale. Never, never use fiberglass as a filter or to insulate your

air conditioner around the sides. It is a carcinogen. And the

danger of freon escaping from a tiny leak is another major health

hazard.

Forced air heating systems are undesirable, too. All dirt

brought into the house by shoes gets circulated throughout the

house by forced air systems of heating or cooling. Old fashioned

radiant heat from radiators or a stove did not distribute the

dust so effectively. A return to linoleum floor covering for

kitchen and bathroom and hardwood for other rooms would be a

good step of progress for a health conscious society. Mopping,

instead of the vacuum cleaner, keeps dirt to a minimum. Throw

rugs at doors and bedside, easy to clean, would “catch the dirt”

as was the original intention. Carpets were intended to help keep

filth out of the air. These smaller rugs should be laundered

weekly.

Furniture should be wood, cane, or plastic, with cushions to

soften the impact. These can be washed weekly if the covers are

removable. Modern cloth furniture with its foam interior is a

repository of filth and fumes and a constant source of infectious

dust.

This old fashioned setting is more progressive than our carpeted,

modern homes.

Smooth floors allow every bit of dust to be removed.

Dust your furniture with a damp paper towel. You are picking

up and removing highly infectious filth (Ascaris and pinworm

eggs, pet parasites, “dander” and house mites). Instead of

distributing these from room to room, throw the paper towel

away after each room is done. Use plain water or vinegar water

(50%), not a chemical combination which further pollutes the air.

Clean windows with vinegar water, too. Use a spray bottle.

Keep your dishes in cupboards. This keeps them free of dust.

This principle is ancient. It is tempting to leave some of them out.

If you must keep the juicer or dishes outside of cupboards, keep

them covered or placed upside down so they don't catch dust.

Even inside cupboards, store them upside down. When using the

“good” dishes or glasses, that haven't been used in a while, wash

them first.



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