Curious History

Curious History

Evolution of Cleaning

Before technology became an integral part of our everyday lives, people had to be imaginative and innovative to get their work done. As water was necessary for living, early people used to live near water and very quickly found out its uses for cleaning. Now, we have all kinds of tools and technologies to provide us with everything that we need to keep our house clean, but the origins of cleanliness date back to the prehistoric times.

The ancient Mesopotamian societies used unimportant and unused portion of their harvest for cleaning. They would take straws which were not needed and wove them around a stick to create some kind of broom which was then used to clean their houses; and while we have trouble in cleaning our houses with all the latest and advanced technologies at our disposal, the early people used their creations and cleaned their houses pretty well. Not only the Mesopotamians, the Greeks and Romans also took great pride for their well maintained and properly cleaned home. Unlike the Mesopotamians, their houses were built with stones which required a lot more attention and as they had a lot of slaves, keeping their buildings clean would be fairly easier for them.

Moving on, the main revolution in terms of cleaning and many others took place in the period which is known as the industrial revolution. During that period, the chemical industries in Germany made multiple discoveries which were then directly used to manufacture cleaning products. People were now learning how to use chemical powders to win their battles against stains in dresses to the scuff marks in porcelain.

Over the course of time, people have adapted to different ways and tools for cleaning and despite of being in different times and cultures, our ancestors used their own unique ways to achieve their common goal of cleanliness of some kind.

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