Sometimes we struggle to stick to a weekly clean to get our home in order, but for Britain’s most extreme cleaners not a day goes by that they don’t spend hours cleaning.
For some, their obsession can mean ripping up their carpets and instead painting the floors daily to keep their house looking spotless, while other cleaning fanatics are up at the crack of dawn to tackle their daily chores.
The Sun rounded up some of Britain’s most extreme and most excessive cleaners, who take their love for tidying and disinfectant to the next level.
A mum from East Sussex decided to rip the carpets out of her home as she felt cleaning them was too time-consuming – so instead she paints her floors twice a day to keep them fresh.
Garden designer Charlie appeared on Channel 4 show Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners in the UK and explained how she prefers painting the floor in her two-bed flat.
She said: “I have a problem with carpets, they always look dirty.
“So I prefer to paint the floor, once or twice a day. It’s so much easier than having the carpet cleaned.”
Charlie also spends two hours cleaning her home every night and can’t stand clutter as it makes her feel “claustrophobic”. She added on the show: “I can’t stand clutter. It makes me feel chaotic. Having structure around you makes you feel a lot more stable and calm.
Mrs Hinch superfan cleans for seven hours a day
Thought a couple of hours cleaning a night was excessive? One superfan of online cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch revealed she racks up a total of seven hours cleaning each day and will even get up at 6am on the weekends to tackle her home.
Mum-of-three Amanda Knowles from Kent told The Sun: “I spend a good seven hours-a-day cleaning and tidying.”
“My favourite trick on a weekend is to get up early when the kids are asleep, about 6am. That way, I can get a good three hours in before the kids are even awake.”
She said: “I sound obsessive talking about it, but it is so rewarding. I know it sounds like the most boring thing in the world and there are some bits I don’t like, like ironing, but I like pretty much of all it.”
Inspired by Mrs Hinch’s top tips and easy hacks, Amanda says she is the “queen of organisation” and a “maniac” when it comes to tidying and cleaning her five bedroom house, which also includes three bathrooms.
“It’s not OCD, it’s just an enjoyable hobby to have,” she insisted. “I love, love, love it. I would live in my kitchen if I could.”
Cleaning-obsessed mum buffs mirror 50 times a day
Cleaning obsessive Krystal also appeared on Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners in 2016 and revealed she has to buff her mirror 50 times a day to ensure it’s smudge free.
The Australian mum, who lives in London with her family, is forever polishing her mirror splashbacks and will get up at 5am every day to kickstart her five hours a day of cleaning.
She changes, washes and irons bed sheets every day and admitted she has one shower in her home that she’s banned her family from using as it’s for “display purposes” only.
Despite it never being used, she still hoovers and polishes it every day.
There’s nothing more satisfying than checking off your to-do list at the end of the day, and if Mrs Hinch has taught us anything, it’s to make sure you stay on top of all your household chores.
For one mum, that means drawing up an extensive and exhaustive list of chores that need to be carried out daily, weekly, biweekly and monthly.
One mum-of-four posted her OTT household chores list on Facebook, explaining that she used to suffer from anxiety and depression and cleaning helps her to stay in control.
Her daily tasks alone is 15 chores long and includes making beds, washing up, bleaching the toilet, emptying bins and recycling, cleaning highchairs, tidying sofa cushions and the shoe racks and spraying the carpets and furnishings.
Weekly and biweekly tasks see her tackling the hoovering, emptying the fridge, cleaning the skirting boards and disinfecting her children’s toys, while monthly tasks include cleaning the over and washing her sofa cover.
The mum left other cleaning fans in awe of her list, but later clarified that she doesn’t always get around to every little thing.
She wrote: “I would just like to add that sometimes I don’t get all of this done – I am also self-employed and have four children so life is hectic!”
This story was originally published on The Sun and is republished with permission