One other thing - still more important than economy - that must be impressed upon every servant is the necessity of cleanliness. And care with regard to the food is not of itself sufficient: the kitchen and her own person are almost equally important. It is unfortunate that in so many households the cook is consigned to the meanest and darkest room in the house and denied the use of a bathroom. It is likewise unfortunate that she in most cases does not know the value of clean hands, clean floors, clean refrigerators, clean pots and pans, etc.
"Scrupulous cleanliness," says the Bulletin previously quoted, "should always be observed in keeping, handling and serving food. If ever cleanliness is desirable, it must be in the things we eat, and every care should be taken to insure it for the sake of health as well as decency. Cleanliness in this connection means not only absence of visible dirt, but freedom from undesirable bacteria and other minute organisms, and from worms and other parasites. If food, raw or cooked, is kept in dirty places, peddled from dirty carts, prepared in dirty rooms and in dirty dishes, or exposed to foul air, disease germs and other offensive and dangerous substances can easily get in."