Public schools in some states outsourced their cleaning services to private companies as part of a neoliberal experiment starting in the 1990s. This has had a host of impacts, including on students.
Dry cleaning isn't really dry – it uses chemical solvents. Perc, the most common option, has contaminated soil and groundwater and poses serious health risks, but safer choices are emerging.
The average office desk is said to contain 400 times more germs than a toilet seat.
Silverfish have disappeared from our homes as book-bindings - their favourite food - have improved.
Decluttering, spearheaded by Marie Kondo and Japanese minimalist consumerism, has taken on quasi-spiritual connotations. What are we actually trying to get rid of when we throw out all our stuff?
Cleanliness is next to godliness. Did you know hairiness is a part of the equation as well?