Why I Love to Clean

I love it

I LOVE TO CLEAN! No seriously, I do. Now ladies don't vilify me, you know some of you have the same "clean little secret." Admit it, you're out there, just too ashamed to show your face. Today, much is said about being active outside the home, well there is nothing wrong in being active inside the home. So join my club, come out of the closet and fess up.

I don't know where it came from, for as long as I can remember, cleaning has been one of my passions. In my teenage years, during summer vacations, I was sent to spend the summers with my grandmother. I could not wait to get there to clean her house, stem to stern. I was so good at it, that she'd pass me around to her friends. It was so bad or good, (however you'd like to look at it), that on any application, under hobbies, I'd list cleaning first. As a matter of fact, in my high school, Memory Book, I listed cleaning, again, first, under hobbies.

My proclivity for cleaning has extended down till now. On my visits to my mother's house, I look forward to cleaning her house, not because it's not clean, it is, but I deep clean, things like decorative figurines, pictures on the walls, etc. I have a little secret that I want to share here. When I go to someones home for a visit or get together, and I go into the bathroom or kitchen and see something out of order or maybe overlooked during preparation or cleaning, I'll take care of that for them, unknown to them. These are only houses that I'm sure the homemaker intended to take care of these things, but did not have time or forgot. I can sympathize with them, because, when I overlook or forget something and I find out after the fact that it was not done, I am upset that my guest saw it undone.

I look forward to cleaning a particularly messy house, I use to say, there was no house too messy for me, until I saw the show, "How Clean Is Your House, a BBC television show. Honestly I'd never seen animal feces indoors, until I saw that show. But I think that I could handle that, well, let me retract that, I could handle all but that. Oh, roaches are a problem too, you see the first part of my life, I never saw a roach, I had to be about eight or nine before I saw my first one. From the first day, I developed a phobia, could you call it a roach phobia? I even have to close my eyes, during a commercial about them. That's not what I'm talking about, I'm talking about my weird hobby. My favorite things to watch, are the television shows on HGTV, and others, anything to do with cleaning, redecorating, decluttering, such as "Clean House." I actually had to ween myself off these stations at one point, can you imagine, I even watched reruns, before they expanded their programming.



The effect on others

My children would hate to go shopping with me, because I would make them pick up the clothes from the floor. The discounts department stores are pretty rough on me, because I spend most of my time picking things up off the floor. My husband use to say that I worked him too hard, what he meant by that was, when I was up working, he felt guilty, so he'd get up and do something. It got to the point that when he wanted to rest, during one of my cleaning sprees, he would call me over, and ask me to just sit with him, that didn't last long, I'd jump back up after a while. His solution at times was to put one leg on my lap, then I'd get the message. Let me clarify, I no longer have the cleanest house on the block, but I still nonstop clean. However, the computer has slowed me down somewhat. Speaking of the cleanest house, I use to have that reputation, when I was young, and raising my children.

Why I Clean

I can't really explain why, I love to clean so much. For one thing I am restless, I can't sit still for long. Another thing, I just love to see a sparkling clean area. After cleaning an area, I love to stand back and admire my handiwork. Now, I know some of you ladies and a few men can identify with that. Cleaning is also cathartic. When I want to solve a particular tough problem, I find a tough job to do. Although the problem does not necessarily have to be tough, sometimes I just need to think deeply, and cleaning helps me do that. When I'm in a zone, cleaning zone that is, I'm so into it that I go to a different place, and if someone walks upon me, I'm totally unaware to the extent that I nearly jump out of my skin when I become aware of their presence. Yeah, it's that serious at times.  Cleaning is also good for mild depression, because it takes the focus off you and directs your energies elsewhere.  Say, I guess I just explained why I love to clean.  Try it, you might find that you will get the same satisfaction that I do.  It might not help, but it sure can't hurt.

© 2009 Alfreta Sailor

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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio

Gosh, I sure wish I was more like you--I would love to love cleaning, lol...it would make life so much easier for me!

Thanks for sharing your story--it was really fascinating to read! :)


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks TamCor, you are a real hubber. I aspire to be more like you. I am going to work hard at paying closer attention to my fellow hubbers and their activities.


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

you are some woman, for one woman...... come on over to my place, and get that duster workin your magic....


ladydijay 7 years ago

I am finding that I like to clean to a certain extent. I would love to be able to clean well enough to work for the pickiest person. I think a person that was exceptional at it and worked for the right person could make a good living. Enjoyed your joy though.


ashleyr24 7 years ago

Cleaning can be serious therapy. Especially when you are stressed out. The fresh scent of cleaning products or just looking back at your beautiful, finished product of a clean house can be so calming. You've done it again fastfreta!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you ashleyr. Stop by again soon.


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typep 7 years ago

I also love to clean...it keeps my mind off of negative things! Great hub!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you typep, glad to meet you, I was beginning to feel all alone out here, but alas you spoke up, thanks. Stop by again soon.


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ButterflyWings 7 years ago

Wow, this is one smiling hub. Great job!

I dream of having a home with good windows, proper insulation, and a mud room...then maybe my house cleaning will stay done long enough to stand back and admire it! ;-)

Still, it's not a bad way to spend a morning...the results are so peaceful.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks ButterflyWings, for stopping by, and for your comment. Please stop by again soon.


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craftalmira 6 years ago

I love you,I love to clean,I just feel better after cleaning,there's nothing better than a clean home,when I come home from work I enjoy the smell of my clean home.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

WOW! Are you my sister? Thanks craftalmira for your comment, please stop again soon.


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create a page 6 years ago from Maryland, USA

Fastfreta I love to clean sometimes, not all the time. Can you come over to my house to cast that spell on me and my family. We could sure use a love to clean habit. Thanks for sharing your passion for cleaning. You have inspired me to develop that love too. This is another outstanding hub.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks create a page, you're the best. Leave the light on, I'll be there. LOL! Thanks again for visiting as usual.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Oh, FF, I hate to clean. Girlfriend, you'd have a ball at my house! C'mom' over!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Well habee, I'll consider that, LOL! Thanks for stopping by. Please come again.


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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

As I have a Zoo at home I do cleaning a lot. Thanks to my little devil ferrets I am always kept busy. Love your hub!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

LizzyBoo, this sounds a lot like when I had little kids at home, so I know what you mean. Thanks again for stopping. Hope to see you again soon.


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Mikel G Roberts 6 years ago from The Heartland

(Grinning) What are you doing this weekend? Have you ever been on a sailboat?

Sincerely, A slob, sailor....

Nicely written and enjoyable hub!!! Mikel


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Cleaning, as usual, LOL! Never been on a sailboat before. Thanks Mike for stopping, see you soon.


Ben Barnes 6 years ago

who do you know can declutter my home ? Email me back please


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Where are you located, and what is your email address?


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Habby 6 years ago from College Station, Texas

Fastfreta, I will join you in boldly declaring that I LOVE to clean. I am a mom of three, one of whom is just three months old, and my house is almost always picked up and clean. I just can't seem to help myself. BUT I will say that I God is teaching me how to let some of it go so that I can spend time with these little ones. Any thoughts?


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

You're on the right track, (letting some of it go) prioritizing. That's what I had to do. Since I was a night owl, I use to do most of my cleaning at night after everyone was asleep. I also taught my children to love to clean during their early years. I made it a game and they loved it then. However, now no one remembers now, LOL!


Office cleaning 6 years ago

Clean - the guarantee of health


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a delightful read. But I'm all tuckered out now just from following you and your energy around in this Hub. Although I don't mind cleaning, and at times I find it very therapeutically relaxing, I'd much prefer you to come over and take care of these things. I promise, I'll make it worth your while, because I LOVE TO COOK!

Thanks for linking to my Hub, fastfreta. I've linked from mine to yours. :)


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Sally for coming over and reading my hub. And thanks for the link. I just might take you up on that, LOL! I'll see you soon.


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TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

I have to say - I kinda straighten up when I have to - but when I finally do clean and give my place a deep cleaning - it kind of changes my whole life. Talk about feeling soooo good. I can say I have a friend who loooooves to iron (ugh!) She'll iron anything!

Great hub!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Oops, TheListLady, I must be your friend, because I love to iron too. I even taught my ex-husband and children to love it also. Now, I have a son that loves to wash. I guess this cleaning and cleaning related thing is a sickness, LOL, that I passed on. Anyway thanks for visiting, please stop over again and let's swap stories about our cleaning experiences, LOL!


 6 years ago

What an amazing lady you are, fastfreta! I would LOVE to see your house. LOL :) Well, my problem is, i love a clean house, but i don't like to be the one to clean it. :)Oh well! Thanks for sharing, fastfreta!

~peace


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Hey thanks for stopping. Cleaning is therapeutic, so when I need therapy I clean, try it sometimes, I guarantee, it works. Please stop again soon.


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Ambition398 5 years ago

Cleaning addict here, too, I clean whenever I'm on the phone. Can't keep hands still and body seated, what can I say... )


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Ambition398, you're a woman after my own heart, oh, don't you just love the cordless, using it facilitates cleaning anything, anywhere or anytime. I don't really like spending a lot of time on the phone, but when I have to I make good use of the time, as you do.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great Hub! I used to be a cleaner, I was obsessive a little bit I think. Over the years I have lost the love of cleaning. You can come clean my house though if you like. I do clean just not as much as I used to. And I agree it is therapeutic.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Hey thanks Susan for stopping and taking time to read and leave a comment. Tell me where you live and I'll be there, LOL!


Endersham 5 years ago

Clean bodies,pure morals ~ Hebrew Proverb.Being Clean is always very refreshing and soothing. Cleanness is indispensable for a Prosperous and Productive Life.You are conveying a great message---that is to keep your home,surroundings and office Clean. Great!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you so much Endersham, you inspire me.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

Me,too. I love to clean! Most of all, I love a clean house and don't get that nearly as often as I'd like to (2 guys, 2 dogs and me in the house! Never ending battle. LOL)


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

I know what you mean Sinea Pies, I was there once, where no matter what you did, it never stayed the way you wanted it for long. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.


clean Mac 5 years ago

he-he! I love clean too ) Starting from home, office room and ending up my iMac. My slogan is - 'there is no too much cleaning'. Thanks for great 'clean' post!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you clean Mac, I like your motto.


Becks 4 years ago

im 14 and loveeeee to clea any tips?


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

All I can say Becks is at your age, there should be plenty to do around the house, so have at it. I'm sure your mother appreciates your attitude, so keep up the good work. I do actually have a few other articles on this site that I wrote pertaining to cleaning, so if you're game scan my list of articles,and see if there's any tips that you can apply to your particular situation. I hope to hear from you again, to see how you're doing with your, "hobby."


3cardmonte 4 years ago

Fantastic. The HCIYH ladies might be crazy but they get the job done don't they? lol


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

They are a hoot. I'm not able to watch live television at this time, only on the computer. Are they still coming on TV? I really miss the show. Thanks 3cardmonte, for stopping and leaving a comment.


Ash 4 years ago

I came across this post in an attempt to find out whether there is something wrong with my love of cleaning. I am a 21 year old male who has an obsession with keeping everything absolutely clean (go figure). I can’t stand a speck of dust, a strand of hair, a blotch of gravy and pretty much anything unruly or untidy around my place. And I love surveying my good work after it's all done, shiny floors, spotless toilet, germless sink and all. I thought maybe I had OCD. But I like your explanation much, much better. It is a source of distraction, a refuge for deep thought, a solid workout, a stress-reliever and a therapy for mild depression, all at the same time. Gotta love it.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Well Ash, I'm not sure if you have OCD or not, however, you're a man after my own heart. I love to see anyone who enjoy cleaning as much as I do. All I can say is go for it, clean til your heart's content. Anyway, thanks for stopping, and taking the time to leave a comment.


Laura 4 years ago

I understand completely about loving to clean! It's what I do on my days off or when I should be napping before work (housekeeper/laundry worker). I'm pretty sure I can thank my dad for that! Turns out, if we didn't clean the house, it would be unnavigable because we have so much family living in our small house and my mom is always so tired from work, though she helps out when she can.

I honestly found your blog after searching for "women who actually love cleaning". I had to know there were others out there!

Happy cleaning! :)


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Laura, I'm so glad you found me. I hope you noticed some of the comments, showing that we're not alone. Keep up the good work, there's nothing wrong with being clean.


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calculus-geometry 4 years ago from Germany

Maybe you're the right person to ask this to...how do I keep my house from getting so much dust inside? We have to vacuum or dust every day to keep it from looking like the inside of an abandoned house, but unfortunately we don't love to clean as much as you do. Any ideas?

Great read and voted up!


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

The only solution I can think of is to keep the house closed up and run your air conditioner, because the dust is coming from the outside. If that isn't an option I'm afraid I really don't have a solution. I thank you for your confidence in me, I hope with this answer it wasn't misplaced.


summerberrie 4 years ago

Enjoyed every bit of reading this hub. I'm glad you were "discovered". You seem like such a delightful person!


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks summerberrie, you're too kind.


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Michael Willis 3 years ago from Arkansas

Great article fastfreta. Congratulations on your feature on the Today show today! Wow! Also saw a clip on The View yesterday about cleaning fruit.


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fastfreta 3 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Michael, I just saw the segment of the Today Show, haven't seen the view yet.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Just pinned and shared this hub. You're getting lots of mentions on a lot of sites, but this is the one that started it off! Hope it goes viral :)


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fastfreta 3 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks IzzyM for the favor. I too hope the hub gets lots of hits, that's about the only thing I really expected from all of the notoriety.


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Nettlemere 3 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

Really cool that you got on TV as a result of your cleaning passion. I chuckled when I read that you had seen the UK show "How clean is your house" - I'm the opposite of a clean freak, but that show even made me feel a bit better about my efforts!


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fastfreta 3 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Nettlemere, I actually owe homage to HubPages for considering my article publish worthy, because in truth I never would have been chosen had they not published the hub.

Oh, I really loved that show, because I always wanted to see the results. But in truth I was always grossed out by the beginning of the show.

Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Congrats on the Today Show gig. That is awesome! And all because you love to clean! That's funny. While I don't want to be a neat freak, I do wish I weren't so messy. That impedes my efforts to clean because just looking around is overwhelming. There are so many other things I need to do or want to do. Maybe one of these days I'll get inspired! Keep cleaning!


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

fastfreda- Great hub! There's nothing wrong with cleaning.. I like cleaning because of the transformation from something dirty to shiny and clean, just like you were talking about. It's kind of like an extreme makeover.... I love seeing a faucet shine after it's been dull and grungy. I just wish mine were shiny most the time rather than dull with water spots :0/ I would LOVE for you to do a "cleaning tips" hub... I bet you know lots of them!


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fastfreta 3 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Jamie. Actually I've done several here on HubPages. I've been encouraged to do a book and piggyback off the notoriety I'm receiving. Unfortunately all the suggestions I'm getting cost money, and I'm not there yet. So, I'm hoping real soon to take advantage of some of them.

Thank you for stopping and taking time to leave a comment.


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VirginiaLynne 3 years ago from United States

Love your Hub and your personality! I have also "cleaned up" in other people's spaces for exactly the same reason. I have 5 kids so I have a hard time keeping things as clean as I'd like but I do love to have my spaces clean and fresh too. Love to get those hidden dust bunnies out of there!


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fastfreta 3 years ago from Southern California Author

A woman after my own heart, I knew there were more out there like me, it just takes a little nudging to bring you all out of hiding. LOL! Thank you Virginia for the validation, and thanks for stopping and taking the time to read and leave a comment.


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TheApril 3 years ago

I just watched your interview. I don't like how they are trying to make you seem crazy. There is nothing wrong with you. Cleaning is constructive, cathartic and, in my opinion, quite healthy. Who doesn't like to look at a space they've just cleaned.

I wish I was more like you. My Mom would sometimes punish me by making me clean. Still, to this day, I struggle with cleaning. But, once I get started, I love it. Great hub!

Victoria Lynne - You might want to check out Flylady.net, she has a free program for those of us who find cleaning overwhelming. Very gentle and easy.


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TheApril 3 years ago

I did notice the name, ha ha. We're everywhere :)


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Tami Fite 3 years ago

Very good! My husband brought his own cleaning supplies and cleaned the bathrooms at the banquet hall the day before our wedding! Nice reading about you! Bless you!


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fastfreta 3 years ago from Southern California Author

Oh my, a man after my own heart. See I knew there were others like me out there, they just have to come "clean," or be outed by someone who knows them. LOL!

Thanks Tami Fite, tell your husband, fastfreta said "keep up the good work."

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