Julia Scott

Are We Really Too Clean? 

WBUR's On Point
Friday, May 30th, 2014

 

A new take on the great unwashed:  Backed by new research into good germs, some Americans are putting the soap away.

The signs say it all. Please shower before entering the pool. All employees must wash hands before returning to work. Or to go more Biblical: Cleaniness is next to Godliness. Clean is a social value. It’s the American way.

But is there such a thing overworrying the clean thing? Or, is clean good, but are we going about it in the wrong way? Science is beginning to suggest possibly yes to both questions. While socially, more folks are skipping the soap, the shampoo, the deodorant, and everything that we tend to define as cleansing. And how popular are they after that? Or… are they onto something? Up On Point: Hygiene hijinks. Rethinking clean.

 

An outdoor shower. (Jordan Merrick / Creative Commons)

An outdoor shower. (Jordan Merrick / Creative Commons)

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