Preliminary findings from the design ethnography

The design ethnography was intended to give researchers a closer understanding of the cleaning practices and the perceptions of cleanliness and hygiene, in relation to dust, of householders and the people who regularly clean homes as part of, and for, households in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. In addition, it sought to gain insights into the physical actions undertaken and the range of cleaning agents and cleaning tools used as part of those actions. During the review of the data fifteen recurrent themes emerged.

1. Religion, superstition and traditional practice
2. Individual creed over religious practice
3. Social judgement
4. Taught knowledge and situated practice
5. Negotiated practice
6. Cleaning styles are often tacit practices
7. Repetition
8. Different brooms for different rooms
9. Walking dirt in and sweeping dirt out
10. New and old or new for old
11. Chemical storage and safety practices, strong smells and mitigations
12. Dusting, sweeping, scrubbing and mopping
13. Tools
14. Waste disposal
15. Seasonal Variation

Additional work is currently undertaken to develop these initial findings along with the microbiology sampling analysis and the development and testing of interventions.

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