Up From the Old Scrubs: Modern Hygiene and Sanitation

Keeping clean has been the struggle of humanity for as long as anybody could remember. The Romans constructed elaborate aqueducts in their cities to help with hygiene and sanitation. Nowadays, modern amenities for hygiene and personal sanitation are now made available, from bleach to disinfectant, from detergent to luxury hand soap. Today, everything is made possible.

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Up from the old scrubbing they say when we talk about the conditions of sanitation when the first settlers arrive in Australia back in the days of British penal colonies. Today, we now see variations in the techniques, technologies and innovations used in personal hygiene. We know the techniques of diluting certain amount of chemicals to non-toxic levels are being used as cleaners. We also have the technology of isolating active ingredients from nature to serve as anti-bacterial agents for sanitation. We also mastered the innovative ways of combining properties of the industry with natural products. From this system, we could group hygienic products to three main grouping system based on function and quality.

We have the anti-bacterial line of soaps and detergent, which focuses on prevention of bacterial build up, basically like cleaning chemicals for the body, these products scours for bacterial build up and then prevents them in building up for a period of time.

We also have the ‘green line” of personal hygiene products and cleaning agents. Generally, tested to be hypoallergenic, these products are milder compared to anti-bacterial line. However, this does not mean they do not have the same punch compared to its industrial grade counterparts. Commonly infused with active oxygen component, plant extracts and essential oils, the difference of this product line could be attributed to its more environment friendly ingredients that are generally natural or derivative products of non-corrosive reaction. These product lines are more common to substitute the old type aerosol products, like premium aerosol fragrance range, which has practical uses in washroom sanitation. This can be seen in modern hotels all over Australia.

The last will be the luxury line. In general, luxury line boasts the perfect balance between function and quality. Commonly patronized by people subscribing to a lifestyle of health and sustainability, the products generally include luxury hand soap and body washes, hygienic products with various function lines and aerosol products with fragrance and sanitation ranges.

Whether you are for function or for quality, for antibacterial wash, herbal product, or luxury hand soap, one thing is clear, compared to what we have back then, we came a long way up from the old scrub.

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