Cleaning Disorder

What is cleaning disease?

Cleaning disease is an obsessive compulsive disorder which is a person’s obsessions about constant cleaning.

Obsessions: Uncontrollable obsessive thoughts.
Compulsion: Behaviors that these obsessed thoughts want us to do or not to do

For example, if the person is washing his hands with the thought that his hands were dirty, and he was washing his hands repeatedly (compulsive behavior) saying “my hands are still dirty, not clean (obsessive thought)”, we can say that he is obsessed with cleanliness.

What are the Symptoms of Cleaning Disease?

These are important symptoms if the following behaviors are repeated repeatedly.

When you come home, take the clothes right in front of the door.
Go to the bathroom as soon as you get home. Asking other people living at home to do the same.
Cleaning the house every day for hours.
Taking a bath for over an hour.
Wash hands constantly.
Take a bath many times.
Washing the laundry over and over again.
Washing dishes with bleach.
Cleaning of every packaged product taken from outside.
Washing toys every day.

Causes of Disease

Cleaning disease can be attributed to many reasons. First of all, it appears to be caused by changes in brain chemistry. In other words, it can be said that it is caused by corrupted message in some parts of the brain. It can cause this disorder for psychological reasons rather than just physiological reasons. These are; The reason for the cleanliness is seen in the feeling of situations such as the feeling of guilt due to some events, past traumatic experiences, conflicting – unhappy relations and loneliness.


Cleaning disease emerges without disturbing the person. People who we call meticulous, prone to order, symmetry and control, are more likely to experience it. Therefore, it is very important to consult a specialist as soon as it’s surroundings become uncomfortable. Unless taking precautions , the disease may manifest itself in other types and in greater severity. For example, we know that people who clean the house for 1 hour a day do not leave the house at all times if they are not treated and do cleaning.

Patients who come over 6 months get a quick solution to the discomfort. However, the improvement of long-term illnesses also leads to a prolonged treatment period. Research has shown that the benefit of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for cleaning disease is very high. The disease is a treatable condition. A person who has a cleansing disease can return to normal life through therapy processes.

Last Updated on November 26, 2020 by Maya Hall

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