Cleaning with the Flintstones

Cleaning with the Flintstones

Cleaning with the Flintstones

We recently featured the Jetsons, a cartoon family living centuries in the future, where technology had transformed lives so much that all household chores could be done simply by pushing a few buttons.

Of course, everyone imagines that in the future we will have robots able to hoover, dust, wash, serve breakfast and make the bed. After all, without increased technology we wouldn't have vacuum cleaners or dishwashers to start with.

It takes rather more of a leap of the imagination to conceive that such innovation would have existed in the past. But this, of course, is all part of the comedy value of the Flintstones - Stone Age people who have somehow managed to live very modern lives using nothing but rock, wood, canvas and some very conveniently obedient animals - from birds and monkeys to the sauropod Fred Flintstone uses on a building site.

Around the household, we see Wilma using a bird with big claws as a rake and a pelican as a washing machine, with its huge bill being used to swill around the clothes in the soap suds. A somewhat hungrier bird was a waste disposal unit.

Doubtless the Stone Age brought plenty of dust, so it was just as well Wilma has a baby elephant (or should it be a mammoth?) tied to a y-shaped stick as a vacuum cleaner, which is almost as useful as the swordfish being used to slice bread (since sliced bread would not, of course, have been invented yet). No doubt this will mean a few breadcrumbs falling on the floor, but with a prehistoric proboscidian to clean up, that will be no problem.

Of course, there is lots of irony in there too, like when Wilma uses a contraption powered by a small animal in a wheel to turn a giant rib on a barbecue and tells neighbour Betty Rubble:

"You know, I was just thinking.. I have a kitchen full of the latest gadgets, and here I am, out in the yard, cooking the way they did a hundred years ago!"

Needless to say, the town of Bedrock with its modern Stone Age lifestyle is fictional, unless anthropologists happen to make some startling discovery to prove otherwise in the near future.

At present, therefore, it is still reasonably safe to say London had the world's first underground railway, and was not beaten to it by the Bedrock Subway many thousands of years earlier.

Similarly, inventions in photography, automobiles, planes and, most importantly, vacuum cleaners can also be safely regarded as more modern creations. 

In the real Stone Age, of course, cleaning and tidying in the manner of the modern home was rather less of a priority than it would be today.

The good news is that as life has changed, so has cleaning technology and you can be sure that at Aurora, our cleaning services will definitely provide something that belongs to the 21st century, and not prehistory.

And if that isn't something to joyfully shout "Yabba dabba doo!" to, we don't know what is.