Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Prov. It is very important to keep yourself clean. Child: How come I have to take a bath? Mother: Cleanliness is next to godliness. The woman sitting next to me on the bus had obviously never heard that cleanliness is next to godliness.
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Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

  (old-fashioned)
something that you say which means that except for worshipping God, the most important thing in life is to be clean Could you try to wash behind your ears occasionally? Cleanliness is next to Godliness, you know.
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cleanliness is next to godliness

Being clean is a sign of spiritual purity or goodness, as in Don't forget to wash your ears-cleanliness is next to godliness. This phrase was first recorded in a sermon by John Wesley in 1778, but the idea is ancient, found in Babylonian and Hebrew religious tracts. It is still invoked, often as an admonition to wash or clean up.
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