9 things you’ll only know if you actually love cleaning

Most people dread the idea of having to drag themselves out of bed early on a Sunday morning to dutifully clean their house, but snapping on a pair of Marigolds and setting to work on a dirty bathtub is like music to your ears.

Cleaning might not be the most glamorous task, but the sense of pride you get from a sparklingly pristine home is worth the hours of squatting, crouching and scrubbing.

Here are a few things all cleaning lovers will be able to relate to…

1. You love having people over to your house

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It gives you the chance to show off your cleaning and organisation skills.

Getting a compliment from a friend about the exhaustive labelling of your spice rack, or the freshly-washed smell of your guest bedding fills you with a smug sense of satisfaction that lasts all week.

2. You follow all the cleaning influencers

From Mrs Hinch to @the_organised_mum, you picked up some of your best cleaning tricks and tips from the ‘cleanfluencers’ you follow online.

As much as you love being the one holding the antibacterial spray, you find just as much relaxation in watching others clean their homes too.

3. You can’t go to bed leaving dirty dishes in the sink

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Even if it’s late and you’re tired, you won’t be able to drift off knowing there’s a bunch of pans and dishes lying unwashed downstairs. You’ve tried to just ‘go with the flow’ and let your standards slide, but the thought of waking up to a messy kitchen is simply too stressful to handle.

4. You get excited over new cleaning products

No more pretending that you love wild parties and living life on the edge – you’ve full-on embraced the fact you’ve become a boring adult. Whether it’s a fancy disinfectant that promises to leave your floors smudge-free or a colourful cleaning paste that gets tough grease out fast, there’s nothing quite like treating yourself to a new set of products at the supermarket.

5. Everything in your home has a place

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You can’t handle the idea of cramming open shelves full of random books, candles and letters, or those trendy trinket dishes that always end up overflowing with spare keys, odd coins and hair clips.

Your house is perfectly organised and ordered. In fact, you know where every item is at any one time.

6. Cleaning is your cardio and meditation in one go

Who needs the gym and expensive mindfulness apps when you have a toilet brush and a bottle of bleach?

All that lunging, scrubbing and swiping is a great toning workout for your body, and don’t get us started on the mental health benefits.

You seriously do your best thinking when your elbow-deep, cleaning the oven.

7. The fridge is your worst enemy

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No matter how much you try to keep it clean and orderly, it always seems to get full of gunk after a few weeks.

Plus, the other people in your household can’t seem to respect your system – there’s a special place for every item, people!

8. You quite often re-clean stuff that other people have already cleaned

Knowing that it’s not up to your standards will just annoy you otherwise.

9. You live for that ‘ahh’ feeling after a deep clean

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There’s nothing better than flopping down on the sofa after a full day of intense cleaning and taking in the beauty of your handiwork.

You even take ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos so you can marvel at what a great job you did.

Running the dishwasher and folding the laundry might not be everyone’s idea of a rocking Friday night, but who needs hedonism when you get such contentment from being a cleaning goddess.

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