51 Clever Quotes About Cleaning to Inspire, Motivate, and Entertain You

Love a clean home but loathe having to clean it? Hiring a housekeeper isn’t an option? Here are some clever quotes about cleaning to help inspire, motivate, and entertain you.

Personally, I don’t actually like cleaning, but I enjoy the results so much that the pros outweigh the cons in the end.

Regardless of whether you love or loathe it, there’s surely a clever quote about cleaning that resonates with you.

Here’s a collection of the best cleaning quotes you can find.

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Funny Quotes About Cleaning That’ll Make You Laugh

1. “Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” Phyllis Diller

2. “Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I.” Anne Gibbons

3. “My daughter wanted a Cinderella-themed party so I invited all her friends over and made them clean the house.” Unknown

4. “Cleaning up with children around is like shoveling during a blizzard.” Margaret Culkin Banning

5. “Nothing inspires cleanliness more than an unexpected guest.” Radhika Mundra

6. “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” Phyllis Diller

7. “My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.” Erma Bombeck

8. “Excuse the mess, but we live here.” Roseanne Barr

9. “Cleaning the house fascinates everyone in my family. They can sit and watch me for hours.” Unknown

10. “Housework is like cleaning fish. No matter how often you do it, it still stinks.” Thelma Harper

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11. “Everyone wants to save the earth; no one wants to help mom do the dishes.” P.J. O’Rourke

12. “First rule of housecleaning while listening to music: the toilet brush is never the microphone.” Unknown

13. “Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture.” Mario Buatta

14. “I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on.” Roseanne Barr

15. “I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.” Joan Rivers


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16. “This is a self-cleaning kitchen. Clean up after yourself.” Unknown

17. “Don’t you wish you could finish cleaning the house and just hit the ‘save’ button.” Unknown

18. “If your house is really a mess and a stranger comes to the door, greet him with, “Who could have done this? We have no enemies.” Phyllis Diller

19. “My kitchen was clean last week. Sorry, you missed it.” Unknown

20. “Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn’t done it.” Evan Esar

21. “The day I worry about cleaning my house is the day Sears comes out with a riding vacuum cleaner.” Roseanne Barr

22. “Don’t confuse my desire for a clean house as a desire to clean up after you.” Unknown

23. “A man thinks all dust stays outdoors.” Ernest Vincent Wright

24. “I’m eighteen years behind in my ironing. There’s no use doing it now, it doesn’t fit anybody I know.” Phyllis Diller

Inspirational Cleaning Quotes to Get You Moving

25. “Cleaning is my favorite way to relax. I clear things out and get rid of the stuff I don’t need. When the food pantry and the refrigerator are organized, I feel less stressed.” Jennifer Morrison

26. “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” Walt Disney

27. “I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you’re going to be lazy.” Shirley Conran

28. “We dream of having a clean house – but who dreams of actually doing the cleaning? We don’t have to dream about doing the work, because doing the work is always within our grasp; the dream, in this sense, is to attain the goal without the work.” Marcus Buckingham

29. “When your environment is clean you feel happy motivated and healthy.” Lailah Gifty Akita

30. “The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.” Marie Kondo

31. “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good. Lower the bar. Actually spending ten minutes clearing off one shelf is better than fantasizing about spending a weekend cleaning out the basement.” Gretchen Rubin

32. “When all else fails, cleaning house is the perfect antidote to most of life’s ills.” Sue Grafton

33. “Clean your screens as if you are cleaning your soul, allowing the air to flow through freely.” Shoukei Matsumoto

Famous Quotes About Cleaning

34. “Housekeeping is like being caught in a revolving door.” Marcelene Cox

35. “Cleaning and organizing is a practice, not a project.” Meagan Francis

36. “There is no daily chore so trivial that it cannot be made important by skipping it two days running.” Robert Brault

37. “My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.” Bette Midler

38. “Housework, if you do it right, can kill you.” Erma Bombeck

39. “You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.” Cecil Baxter

40. “I always clean before the cleaning lady comes. If not, when I come home, I can’t find anything. Cleaning ladies are always hiding things you leave out.” Celia Cruz

41. “Housework is a treadmill from futility to oblivion with stop-offs at tedium and counter-productivity.” Erma Bombeck

42. “Have you ever taken anything out of the clothes basket because it had become, relatively, the cleaner thing?” Katherine Whitehorn

43. “A spotless house is a sign of a misspent life.” unknown

44. “Sweeping only moves the dust somewhere else.” Marty Rubin

45. “A bright person can always think of something better to do than housework.” Ruby Lou Barnhill

46. “Housekeeping ain’t no joke.” Louisa May Alcott

47. “Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.” Simone de Beauvoir

48. “At worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.” Rose Macaulay

49. “I have sporadic OCD cleaning moments around the house. But then I get lazy and I’m cured. It’s a very inconsistent personality trait.” Chris Hemsworth

50. “A clean desk is a sign of a cluttered desk drawer.” Mark Twain

51. “Cleaning anything involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean.” Laurence J. Peter

Pick One or Share Your Favorite Cleaning Quotes

Pick a few of your favorite cleaning quotes and write them down so they’re handy the next time you need a little cleaning inspiration or a good laugh.

Have a favorite I didn’t share here, drop it in the comments so we can all enjoy it!

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  1. Only one made me laugh out loud, and that was #50. Mark Twain always did have a way with words. I get the feeling either he was a “ladybug” or he had family that were.

    But my favourite in this list was, “When your environment is clean you feel happy motivated and healthy.” Lailah Gifty Akita

    I have a couple favourite quotes not in this list. Here they are:

    “Unclean, neglected corners in the house will tend to make impure, neglected corners in the soul. Mothers, you are the educators of your children, and you can do a great deal if you begin early to inculcate pure thoughts, by fitting up their rooms in a cleanly, tasteful, attractive manner. If the children have a room which they know is their own, and if they are taught how to keep it tidy and make it pleasant, they will have a sense of ownership,—they will feel that they have within the home a home of their own, and will have a satisfaction in keeping it neat and nice.” E.G. White, Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, pp. 142-143

    “It is our duty to be neat and tasty in person, dress, and habits; and to keep our houses and premises in order. Heaven is a place of perfect order, and as far as possible we should copy the heavenly model. We are representatives of Christ; then let us not dishonor him by our defective lives.” E.G. White, Signs of the Times, 3/5/1885

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