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What does a dream about cleaning symbolize?

Cleaning Dream Meaning: From 11 Different Sources


Cleaning and tidying up may suggest preparation for someone new coming into your life. It may also remark on the necessity to clean up some unfinished business or to clean up a mess you have made in some relationship or situation. Cleaning could also represent having to clean up someone else’s mess.

Ariadne's Book of Dream | Ariadne Green


1. Making clean/repentance

2. Fasting; Matt. 6:17.

Dream Dictionary The Biblical Model | Vincent Wienand


Vision: Dreaming about cleaning: it is time to pay more attention to your relationships and to be more supportive. Cleaning and making yourself look better be more humble and modest. Dreaming about cleaning is a challenge to always improve and polish your character, removing the stains that might cling to it.

Depth Psychology: Remove emotional, mental, and moral blemishes that are clogging up fragile spiritual connections.

It is also important which objects are being cleaned or what is being “swept” out—pay attention to the rest of the images.

Dreamers Dictionary | Garuda


(See Sweeping the floor)

Islamic Dream Interpretation | Ibn Seerin


Dreams that you are cleaning are good signs. It means you are removing some negativity in your life and overcoming major obstacles to enter a new stage in your life. It signifies self-improvement and increased confidence.

My Dream Interpretation | myjellybean


This dream almost always reflects the need to purify the body and soul, getting rid of superfluous things and keeping only that which you really need.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams | Martha Clarke


A clear, straightforward warning note from your conscience is contained in a dream of cleaning, and the harder or busier was the dreamed cleaning activity, the more urgent is the warning against allowing yourself to be drawn into anything even slightly unethical, no matter how pleasurable and/or profitable it may appear.

See also Wash, Teeth, etc.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams | Stearn Robinson - Tom Corbett


Cleaning (such as washing, sweeping, wiping up, or polishing) can represent: Getting rid of unwanted things such as feelings, thoughts, situations, or relationships (or a desire to do so).

Making an improvement in your life or making things more orderly in your physical, emotional, or mental world.

Fixing a mistake (or a desire to do so).

Denial, trying to “erase” facts, or trying to get rid of feelings or evidence.

Cleaning up after someone else can represent: fixing their problems, coming to their rescue, taking responsibility for them, or supporting their irresponsibility.

Consider also the context, who’s cleaning what, their motivation, and your feelings about what’s happening.

See also: Water; Soap; Sink; Cleaning Person; Washing Yourself; Napkin; Towel; Absorbing; Bleach

The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary | Nancy Wagaman


Washing in dreams is a fairly common theme, and almost always relates to something that is troubling or worrying the dreamer in waking life. The harder the hands or body are scrubbed, the greater the need for the unconscious to be free of guilt or some kind of burden.

The same applies to washing stains in clothes.

If you are taking a shower or bath in your dream, this could indicate a problem that overshadows you in waking life.

If you are washing your hair, this is connected to your emotions, and if you are washing your genitals, there may be some kind of sexual adventure in waking life that you are ashamed of. You could also be worried about sexually transmitted diseases.

If you are cleaning your home, this could suggest that you want to get more organized in your waking life, but before you can do that you need to dispose of dirt or dust; this may refer to ways of thinking or responding that are clouding your judgments in waking life.

If you were watching a washing machine in your dream, this is a reference to your daily routine and the boredom you feel.

If you are trapped in the washing machine, you feel stifled by your daily routine; it will therefore be important to make changes in daily life as soon as possible.

The Element Encyclopedia | Theresa Cheung


The more clean you notice something is in your dream, the stronger the warning to beware of getting involved with anything shady or unethical.

Tryskelion Dream Interpretation | Pagan - Anonymous


lucky numbers: 12-16-26-34-40-50

ammonia, with: a stinging resolution to adversity.

buying: wil be vexed through another’s accident.

using: quarrels with friends over your excessive drinking.

bathroom, a: your thoughts are crystal clear.

children: wil achieve victory over enemies.

disinfectant, using a: cleansing fear and emotions of guilt.

drains: have clogged up, fragile spiritual connections.

mop, clean new: progress in new venture through fresh ideas.

dirty: do not encourage evil rumors by repeating them.

of: embarrassment and quarrels from old dirt.

scrubbing: recol ection of deep sin troubling you.

spot, a: are a good housewife and wel fed, but your melancholia thwarts every move.

stain, a: a compel ing instinct won’t be erased.

toxic buildup: a memory you wish to exorcise.

vegetables: the healing power that arises from your depths.

washing machine, in a: your life is too repetitive.

with a dust rag: your inner vitality wil stand you in good stead.

broom: face emotions you have hidden and make a fresh, clean start.

sweeper: are blowing your problems out of proportion.

wet: remove stains on your character.

yourself: are constipated, with unhealthy attitudes.

Zolar’s Book of Dreams Numbers and Lucky Days |

3 dream interpretations related to the symbols you see in your dreams.


A dream about spring-cleaning is probably inviting you to make a new beginning, start a new life, by getting rid of old muck and rubbish: negative habits and attitudes, energy-consuming anxiety’, a sadomasochistic guilt-complex, etc.... spring-cleaning dream meaning

Dry Cleaners / Dry Cleaning

To dream of going to a dry cleaning store, or getting dry cleaning done, is a warning that others may be gossiping against you.... dry cleaners / dry cleaning dream meaning

Cleaning Person

A feeling or fear of having to clean up other people’s messes, fix their problems, or come to their rescue.

A person in your life who tends to clean up after you or others, or whom you expect to do so.

See also: Cleaning... cleaning person dream meaning