keeping ones self, ones surroundings, and the products of ones efforts free from contamination and befoulment

a.k.a. sanitation

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • contamination
  • dirtiness
  • filthiness
  • pollution

Virtues possibly in tension


How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere

  • One of the virtues in the Boy Scout Law: “A Scout is clean. A Scout… chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean. You can’t avoid getting dirty when you work and play hard. But when the game is over or the job is done, that kind of dirt washes off with soap and water. However, there’s another kind of dirt that can’t be scrubbed away. It is the kind that shows up in foul language and harmful thoughts and actions. Swearwords and dirty stories are often used as weapons to ridicule other people and hurt their feelings. The same is true of racial slurs and jokes that make fun of ethnic groups or people with physical or mental limitations. A Scout knows there is no kindness or honor in such tasteless behavior. He avoids it in his own words and deeds.” ―
  • One of the 13 virtues on Ben Franklin’s list: “Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.” ―Benjamin Franklin

Inspirational quotes