I never knew what OCD was until I met my best friend who was “suffering” from this disorder. I learned that OCD could be purely mental, physical or both. A thought about anything can grip your mind –like a vice – and demand you relieve it. In general, OCD can trigger any compulsive disorder but the common denominator is that there is an anxiety that “forces” you to clean and the cleaning actually relieves the anxiety. If someone’s obsessions and compulsions revolve around neatness and order, then they will always, always try to be very, very neat, clean and organized. For instance, there are some people who even have their shoes and clothes aligned in a particular way.
It happens that you don’t get time to clean the house or make up your bed in the morning, for example, and that doesn’t mean something bad would happen to you. However, people with OCD have irrational fears when they don’t clean and organize. For example, they might not sleep because they are terrified everything is not clean enough or even when they are miles away, they might rush back home because they suddenly remember they forgot to clean an area. These would be OCD-related behaviors.
Even if the mere idea of obsessive cleaning sounds scary, it might be actually nice to live in a house with sparkling clean windows, a spotless kitchen and one that doesn’t have any silvery cobwebs in the corner. Don’t you agree with me?
So, if you want to keep your house spotless –at least for a while – try to follow these OCD cleaning tips.
Clean All Bathroom Accessories
Excuse me? Are you actually asking me to polish my shampoo bottles and soap holders?
Honestly, I don’t think you’ll be called a clean freak if you start cleaning your bathroom accessories like your bathroom shelves, toothbrush holders, towel rails, refillable soap dispensers and the wall mirror. If you think about it carefully, dust and dirt might have accumulated on these accessories from all those years of not cleaning.
So, here are some cleaning tips:
- To clean shower racks and shelves, make a paste with baking soda and lemon.
- Or, you can simply use a wet cloth.
- Then, wipe dry with a clean cloth or towel and finish by polishing with baby oil.
Clean the Steel Plate on Your Iron
What?? Who the heck would think of cleaning the iron?
Obsessive compulsive cleaners, of course!!
Occasionally, I don’t think it’s such a bad idea to clean an iron. Over time, irons can easily become sticky and dusty and can damage your clothes. So, here are some easy ways how you can clean an iron’s soleplate:
- Use a paste made of baking soda and water.
- An acetone nail remover could help in getting rid of the iron’s dirtiness.
- Clean with distilled white vinegar. Oh and vinegar with baking soda makes an amazing combo.
- One of the simple ways is to use dish detergent.
- You can also wipe away the iron’s dirtiness by using a generous amount of salt.
- Did you know that toothpaste can make the plate on your iron smooth and shiny again?
- Another method would be using newspaper. Click here to learn more!
Unscrew the Light Bulbs and Clean Them
Why would someone sane do that?
Because dust can easily build up on such things.
This is actually a lot more common than you’d think and I think you should do it too. You see, dust alone won’t start a fire but dust attracts moisture and if that happens when the bulb is hot, it can crack the glass and explode. So, better be on the safe side, right?