Sign in / Join

Speech on Cleanliness

Cleanliness has been given due importance in historical texts. Also, many of the world's personalities have stressed upon maintaining a certain level of cleanliness and personal hygiene. I am giving three speeches of varying lengths on cleanliness for my readers.

Short and Long Speech on Cleanliness

Speech 1

Good Morning my Dear friends, Respected Principal sir and teachers. I am here to give a speech on Cleanliness. I am thankful to Principal Sir for giving me this opportunity.

Cleanliness is a habit, a way of life. We all have this habit in us; though, the level of it varies from person to person. Some of us like to be impeccably clean while others can be little negligent. Some might like to keep their homes shining brightly while some are more concerned about bodily cleanliness.

Also, some of us feel accountability towards environment cleanliness, than others who are more concerned about the cleanliness of their own personal dwellings.

There is a huge disparity of thoughts, beliefs, and acts, from person to person, as far as cleanliness is concerned. But that doesn’t change the definition of cleanliness and its significance in any way.

We must understand that both personal, as well as environmental cleanliness, are equally essential. We must be responsible to our surroundings as we are towards our own body and house. The true essence of cleanliness lies in a clean personality as well as a clean society.

I am glad that people are becoming more and more concerned about environmental cleanliness as they are for their own personal cleanliness and hygiene. It is a good sign and we just need to keep it up. Thank You!


Speech 2

Good Morning everyone -Respected Principal Sir, teachers, and my dear friends. I am here to give a speech on cleanliness.

Believe it or not, but cleanliness is an essential requirement for a nation and its people to progress. A nation can only progress if its people are clean, both personally and communally.

Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, had once said that cleanliness is more essential than freedom. He believed that there was an urgent need for a clean society than for freedom.

Cleanliness is very important for it is directly related to so many essential parts of life and hygiene. First of all, cleanliness is directly related to health. If one stays unclean and unhygienic, he/she is prone to diseases and infection.

Moreover, if we litter around and make our neighbourhood dirty, we are only damaging our own resources. Sooner or later such acts will only harm our own health and well-being. It doesn’t make sense to damage our own natural resources, essential for life.

The sense of cleanliness should be imparted at a very early age. Because lessons learned at an early age are never forgotten. Children must be taught about the importance of cleanliness. They must be taught about maintaining personal cleanliness as well as the environmental cleanliness.

When the children of today understand the importance of cleanliness, believe me, that the future of India would be as clean as ever. Also, programs like ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ have been great initiatives and proved successful. Swachh Bharat Mission has been successful as a mass movement. Today, we have become open defecation free and I am also happy that we are becoming more responsible towards the cleanliness of the nation and our environment.

With this I would like to end my speech, hoping that we would keep the same tempo for cleanliness as we do today. Thank You!!


Speech 3

A very warm welcome to Respected Principal Sir, teachers, and my entire friends present here. Today I have been given the opportunity to give a speech on cleanliness from this dais, and I am thankful for that to the management of our school and the Principal Sir.

Let’s begin with the views of Mahatma Gandhi on cleanliness. The father of the nation once said “We can no more gain God’s blessings with an unclean body than with an unclean mind. A clean body cannot reside in an unclean city”. This certainly tells about the significance that he gave to the physical cleanliness as well as mental cleanliness. Mahatma Gandhi took cleanliness to the level of spirituality.

He was strictly against spitting in public and open defecation. In fact, he had also once stated that the lavatory should be as clean as the drawing-room. His thoughts on cleanliness were correct and I could only wish that we follow them the same way as we revere him.

We have to understand that cleanliness is not only a personal habit but social accountability as well. We must not only keep our bodies and houses clean but we also have a responsibility towards the environment we live in and its inhabitants.

It’s illogical that we take bath twice daily and keep our house impeccably clean, but defecate in the open and pollute the environment or litter in the neighbourhood. That would only be a mockery of cleanliness in the most hypocritic way.

Someone, whose name I would not like to reveal here, once said –“Indians are personally clean but communally dirty”. Painful it might be but it is also true! The majority of us, only care about how clean we ourselves and our houses look and are callously negligent when it comes to the cleanliness of our streets, roads, or other public places.

Would you spit in your own house as you do on roads, walls, and other places? No, you wouldn’t! That’s because you feel a sense of responsibility for your house but not for your environment. This very basic thought has to be changed. We need to feel more responsibility towards the cleanliness of our environment the same as we feel towards our own houses. It’s only when we start considering the whole environment as an essential part of our dwelling that things will change for good.

Please pardon me for I am going to tell you what the citizens of some other countries think about Indians. Some citizens of some foreign countries perceive Indians as filthy and untidy. I am not going to name any country, but it is a fact that global perception about Indians on cleanliness is as such. But that is only on cleanliness and we Indians excel in any other sphere, even on foreign land.

But, still there is a need for change. We must diminish this belief about Indians being dirty and prove the critics wrong. Can you imagine how painful to Bapu this whole perception about Indian cleanliness would have been if he was alive today?

Friends we should break this shell of beliefs that cocoons our true essence. We Indians had been the cleanest for millenniums. Our religious texts have stated cleanliness to be a way of life. It’s just that we have become a little lousy sometime down the line. But still, we can change and bring back that lost glory. I strongly believe that India will again one day join the league of cleanest nations of the planet.

There would soon be a day when people around the globe will consider Indians as clean, both personally as well as communally. With this I would like to end my speech, hoping that we all begin a new fight against filthiness and untidiness and fight for a clean society and clean India. Jai Hind!!