Obsessive Cleaning Disorder

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How to Conquer Your Obsessive Cleaning Disorder

Do you often feel the need to clean everything in sight? If so, you may be suffering from an obsessive cleaning disorder. This condition can be very frustrating and can interfere with your daily life. Fortunately, there are ways to conquer this disorder and regain control of your life. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of obsessive cleaning disorder and offer some tips for overcoming it.

Why am I so obsessed with cleaning?

There are a few possible explanations for why you might be obsessed with cleaning. First, it could be that you have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). 

OCD is a mental disorder that causes people to have intrusive and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) that lead them to perform repetitive behaviors (compulsions) to ease their anxiety. 

People with OCD often have specific rituals or routines that they must follow to keep everything in order. For some people, this might mean cleaning their house repeatedly until it meets their standards.

Another reason behind obsessive cleaning might be that you’re just a spotless person. Some people are naturally neat and like to keep their living spaces spick and span. 

It’s also possible that you’re using cleaning as a way to avoid other problems or emotions. If you’re feeling stressed out, anxious, or sad, then cleaning might be a way to distract yourself from those feelings.

What is obsessive cleaning disorder?

Obsessive cleaning disorder or OCD cleaning is a condition that causes people to feel an uncontrollable urge to clean. The disorder can be very disruptive and may significantly interfere with someone’s daily life. 

People with obsessive cleaning disorder often have an excessive fear of germs or dirt, which leads them to clean obsessively. This behavior can result in them spending hours cleaning their home, workplace, or other areas. 

While there is no cure for OCD, treatments can help you manage your symptoms so you can live a more normal life. One of the first steps in conquering your OCD is understanding what triggers your obsessions and compulsions. Once you know what sets off your OCD, you can start managing those triggers.

What causes obsessive cleaning disorder?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the causes of OCD can vary from person to person. However, some of the most common causes of OCD include genetics, stress, and anxiety. Some of the most common risk factors for OCD include:

  • Having a family member with OCD
  • Experiencing trauma
  • Having another mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression
  • Using certain drugs 

OCD can be a complex disorder to live with, but managing your symptoms and leading an everyday life is possible. If you think you might have OCD, talk to your doctor or mental health professional. They can help you get the treatment you need. With the proper treatment, you can conquer your obsessive cleaning disorder and increase your quality of life.

Effective treatments for Cleaning OCD

A combination of therapies is often most effective. Some of the most common treatments for OCD include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), medication, and exposure and response prevention (ERP).

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most common and effective treatments for OCD. CBT helps you change the negative thoughts and behaviors associated with OCD. The therapist will help you identify your triggers and teach you coping skills to manage your OCD symptoms.

Exposure and response prevention (ERP)

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a type of CBT that helps you face your fears head-on. The therapist will help you gradually expose yourself to the things that make you anxious or scared. This can be a challenging but effective treatment for OCD.


Medication is often combined with CBT and ERP to help manage OCD symptoms. Talk to your doctor or mental health professional to determine which treatment is right for you. If you’re not sure where to start, ask them for a referral to a therapist who specializes in OCD.

How to stop obsessive cleaning?

People with obsessive cleaning disorder often have an excessive fear of germs or dirt, which leads them to clean obsessively. Therefore, this can result in them spending hours cleaning their home, workplace, or other areas.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for obsessive cleaning disorder, and it can be challenging to manage without professional help. However, there are some things you can do to try to control your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Here are four tips for conquering your obsessive cleaning disorder:

  1. Get professional help.

If you find that you’re struggling to manage your OCD on your own, it’s essential to seek professional help. A therapist can help you understand the root of your problem and give you the tools to deal with it.

  1. Practice ERP and ACT regularly.

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) are effective treatments for OCD. They involve exposing yourself to your feared objects or situations and then refraining from using rituals or compulsions to cope. This can be difficult, but it’s the only way to overcome your disorder.

  1. Stay healthy.

Eating a balanced diet and getting enough exercise can help improve your mood and make it easier to manage your OCD symptoms. When you’re feeling good, it’s easier to resist the urge to clean.

  1. Make a cleaning schedule and stick to it.

Only clean for a certain amount of time and stick to the schedule. This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and give you a sense of control over your cleaning habits.

These are just a few tips for conquering your obsessive cleaning disorder. If you need more help, be sure to talk to your mental health professional. With proper treatment, you can manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Final thoughts 

If you’re struggling to manage your OCD on your own, consider joining our OCD community. Our community is full of people who understand what you’re going through and offer support and advice. If you’re looking for more information on OCD, be sure to check out our other articles on the topic. We have everything from tips for managing your symptoms to personal stories from people who have battled OCD.

When CBT is successful, you will notice that your intrusive thought will start to change (less frequent and less severe), your coping mechanisms will improve, and your quality of life will increase. Remember that CBT is a treatment, not a cure, for OCD, and it may take some time before you see results. Stick with it and be patient – the benefits are worth it!

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or would like to share your story. We would love to hear from you!

Notable Replies

  1. I never had any problems with a messy environment before. However, a year ago I was involved in a fight that caused me a brain concussion. After this accident, I became focused on being in a clean environment and getting stressed if it was not. I wonder whether I developed some form of OCD.

  2. I am sorry about what you have gone through. I have read that physical trauma can provoke OCD, so it’s possible that you developed it after the accident. Nevertheless, please book a consultation with a doctor. They have better expertise to explain your case.

  3. I wouldn’t say I like going to doctors and mental health specialists sound even worse for me. But I don’t see I can find another solution because literary everyone is telling me to go and get help.

  4. I can understand your frustration. However, you instinctively know that consulting a mental health specialist is for your good. So gather some courage, and you will see that things will start improving after getting a proper treatment plan.

  5. I have already started researching for professionals in my area and will most likely visit one at the beginning of next month. I also put aside a budget for therapy sessions. I am determined to get better this year :slightly_smiling_face:

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