Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners on C4, anyone watching?

(75 Posts)
ariadneoliver Wed 13-Feb-13 20:05:52

Oddly it seems to be about a hoarder. I've not heard of this series before.

Flisspaps Wed 13-Feb-13 20:13:09

It's new grin

ariadneoliver Wed 13-Feb-13 20:16:06

OK this woman is making me nervous no one's allowed to use anything to avoid it getting dirty.

Flisspaps Wed 13-Feb-13 20:16:07

Cleaning the floor FIVE times a day?

Washing the windows EVERY time it rained?

Fucking hell shock

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Wed 13-Feb-13 20:17:49

Oh my goodness! I'm more shock at the cleaners than the hoarders/messy ones!

blondiep14 Wed 13-Feb-13 20:18:11

Don't touch anything!!!

BMW6 Wed 13-Feb-13 20:19:07

Michelle has as big a problem with her OCD as the hoarders IMO - just extremes at each end of the scale, either would be impossible for me to live with! (or most mormal people)

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:19:16

No breathing allowed!

I wonder.if she wees/poos in a carrier bag

blondiep14 Wed 13-Feb-13 20:19:51

Michelle is nice.
If a little zealous.

Worried she might put him off!

ariadneoliver Wed 13-Feb-13 20:20:31

7 hours a day cleaning? shock

I'm watching!

I hate all housework! I have to make huge effort to be clean and tidy and struggle, but we don't live in filth

ariadneoliver Wed 13-Feb-13 20:23:32

Oh Lord I could practically smell that fridge from here

BMW6 Wed 13-Feb-13 20:24:04

I rather like Richard - doesn't seem too extreme (not in mad Michelle's league!)

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:24:33

I swire to almighty God I would sort out tbe small ile of tangled wires, book etc in my bedroom in January 2012. I just did it tonight grin

kansasmum Wed 13-Feb-13 20:25:21

OMG that fridge in Christopher's house in truly vile!
But60 hours a week cleaning??! When do you work/sleep?!

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:25:31

I would love that team to come here

kansasmum Wed 13-Feb-13 20:27:14

How much bleach as she just poured down the sink?!

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:28:30

Oooh god those toilets!!!

Scruffalo Wed 13-Feb-13 20:29:38

Of course, by introducing the hoarder to an obsessive cleaner, their symptoms will somehow neutralize each other, and they will both be cured hmm

BMW6 Wed 13-Feb-13 20:30:05

OMG Hayley has 3 children breathing bleach fumes incessantly shock

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:31:05

Bleach does make eyes waterif too strong.

BMW6 Wed 13-Feb-13 20:31:30

Scruffalo - or get worse!!

ariadneoliver Wed 13-Feb-13 20:31:30

BMW perhaps the children aren't allowed in the house in case they bring germs in. grin

I know OCD isn't rational, suffered it on and off for years and years but...
"I don't use my hands to do the bath because of skin cells..." But then she sticks her hands down the toilet?!! grin

I like her though!

kilmuir Wed 13-Feb-13 20:34:10

i agree the OCD lady is more of a worry than the hoarder

kansasmum Wed 13-Feb-13 20:34:35

Does she actually clean though or just cover every thing in bleach?
I would have headache from the beach fumes!!

ariadneoliver Wed 13-Feb-13 20:38:21

Cleaning windows 14 times a week? Mine are lucky if they get done 14 times a year.

BMW6 Wed 13-Feb-13 20:39:58

A problem I can see with having a cleaner who suffers from OCD is getting the work done in the time allowed surely? (You could end up paying for 4 hours work and all that is achieved is the washing and ironing of all your J cloths) grin

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:40:37

Steralises her groceries lol

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:42:17

grin BMW

eww eating and drinking on the bog is VILE

Loving the rapid toilet scrubbing!!

She was not out of breath - she was poisoning herself with the heady mixture of fumes from all the chemicals!

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:46:07

grin Behind

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:47:19

Bring backKim abd Aggie

Or if impossible

Same format, similiar presenters

Loved that show How Clean Is Your House?

BMW6 Wed 13-Feb-13 20:51:18

Richard is a top bloke helping Christopher like that

BMW6 Wed 13-Feb-13 20:53:36

Light beige carpet is a big mistake - why not laminate or darker colour carpet!

Awww Richard seems to have enjoyed getting the place cleaned up

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:55:08

She wouldn't have a tea or coffee there!

Oh, I think I have the wrong name, the lad in the bed sit!

How Clean Is Your House was a fab programme, I miss it!!

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:55:56


Scruffalo Wed 13-Feb-13 20:56:53

Seriously though, excessive use of bleach and other antimicrobial products isn't necessary in most situations and can in fact lead to problems such as bacterial resistance.

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:56:59

Lovely house!
Kim & Aggie had a fall out so.no.more programmes sad

I bought a How Clean is Your House Book years ago!

SoleSource Wed 13-Feb-13 20:58:27

Michele has become worse!

Eww next wek!

ariadneoliver Wed 13-Feb-13 20:59:24

Next week looks a treat.

poodletip Wed 13-Feb-13 21:00:09

They must have been poisoning themselves with the fumes from the mix of bleach and other cleaner shock so dangerous!

expatinscotland Wed 13-Feb-13 21:04:47

Chistopher is rank.

Blondeshavemorefun Thu 14-Feb-13 12:58:49

half a million people change their bed sheets 3 times a year

thats pure skankyness!!!

2 times here grin

Watching on catch up. Christopher needs a makeover too.

Not cleaned for 15 years. shock

SoleSource Thu 14-Feb-13 15:25:17

You dirty dawg Sparkles!!

Washing the shopping. sad

I couldn't imagine having a cup of tea at Michelle's house. sad

SoleSource Thu 14-Feb-13 15:27:26

I know she'd have the microscope out looking for microbes!

it would be like going to Hyacinth Bucket's house. Imagine if you spilt your tea. shock

'Horrendous filth'. sad

Christopher's friend is called Chalice?

SoleSource Thu 14-Feb-13 15:35:54

I thought I had heard the same name grin

Blondeshavemorefun Thu 14-Feb-13 15:40:28

I was also appalled at the state of the pitstop

Yes it's a place for homeless unemployed etc but surely basic standards can be met sad

I had to stop watching it because the pesky kids came home from school and started going ewwww. Will watch the rest later. grin

ariadneoliver Wed 27-Feb-13 20:15:39

Ah, time to remind myself to clean the house.

First up a witch. grin

HappilyChatterly Wed 27-Feb-13 20:24:55

I love this so much. I wish I had more OC traits when it comes to cleaning. They shame me when I think about their level of discipline.

Fair play to that little blonde lady, she has been faced with the reality of her problem and has taken it on the chin.

I also love it because it motivates me to have a clean and tidy after it finishes.

BreadForMyBREADGUN Wed 27-Feb-13 20:51:38

This program makes me feel uncomfortable, its very strange that they're using people with an illness to clean messy houses.

nancy75 Wed 27-Feb-13 20:51:44

The red hair woman doesn't seem to care that she is dirty, why is she on this?

Nice dog poo!

NadiaWadia Mon 04-Mar-13 06:17:05

I think this is typical C4 irresponsible programming. The mucky people/hoarders and the OCD cleaner types are clearly NOT helping each other. The cleaners are being very judgmental of the hoarders and giving them crazy advice - like in the first episode where the OCD guy told the hippyish antiques dealer he should be hoovering twice a day - like thats going to happen! It is just not a realistic goal for him (and shouldnt be for anyone actually) Then 'Michelle' in the next episode expained to her paired 'dirty' person that she cleaned 8 hours a day, and thought this was OK (guess she doesnt have a life outside her home, then!)

And in the episode with the woman who was hoarding cuddly toys, where she was paired with bodybuilder guy who was obsessed with straight curtains - well that was a disaster. OK, her house was quite filthy, but she was a nice person who didn't deserve to be bullied by that gorilla (too much testosterone, there I think)

What the hoarders needed was some nice sympathetic Kim-and-Aggie types.
And an explanation of a simple cleaning tidying routine they might have a chance of sticking to.

And then at the end of several programmes it turned out that the horrors the OCD-ers had encountered had made many of them even more germ-phobic. So it hadn't helped them either.

But made good (but uncomfortable) viewing, I suppose.

RobotHamster Mon 04-Mar-13 09:40:51

I completely agree Nadia. It made me feel very rather uneasy that the OCD sufferers were being portrayed as better people, that they were almost rescuing the hoarding messy people. In my eyes both groups of people need support, rather than putting them against each other which could easily exacerbate each others conditions.

thingamee Thu 07-Mar-13 09:12:27

Hayley, cleaning her toilet, very commendable, but it's no use flushing striaght after the bleach has been poured in, let it sit for a while or it's just washed away and has no effect. And did you see the FILTH on top of the pipes around the toilet? So it's selective OCD then, just the toilet, not the rest of the room.

Thought the (Australian?) woman with the filthy house in Nantwich was so awful last night.

So you think having chemicals (ie. kitchen spray) in the house is dangerous but it's perfectly ok to be morbidly obese as the mother of two young children? She clearly has issues.

And when her cleaning mentor left after 3 days hard labour she couldn't even bring herself to say "thank you"! angry!

Thingiebob Thu 21-Mar-13 10:18:05

The Aussie is in denial. Surely part of looking after a 2 year old is providing a clean hygienic home for them? And the husband looks utterly mortified.

Thingiebob Thu 21-Mar-13 10:19:53


OCD is selective. There are no hard and fast rules. I know someone who suffers from it in terms of bathrooms and kitchens but everywhere else is chaos.

alemci Thu 21-Mar-13 10:30:59

I was pleased though that Cathy decided she wasn't going to clean so much and the corner shop lady had helped her with that so they were both benefiting from the experience.

Hayley comes across as a total airhead. bleach for the gravestone. Also without being cynical won't the park become horrible again because of irresponsible people who will flytip and litter etc.

Felt sorry for the woman in Nantwich in some ways. Her partner hadn't been that supportive and having her judgey m in law. I was always cleaning and getting frustrated when my DC were young but perhaps it wasn't the best way. At least she spent time with her DC's. Does Hayley?

Thingiebob - i) agree and ii) agree smile

Pandemoniaa Thu 21-Mar-13 16:54:56

I thought the Aussie was a lazy baggage, tbh. I got very tired of hearing the same defence of having two children being repeated. Not that I'm unsympathetic to the problems of clean houses when you have small children but she took absolutely no responsibility herself. However, I couldn't have had the cold-eyed obsessive cleaner she was partnered with in my house either.

The pairing of Cathy and the corner shop lady looked like it genuinely benefitted the pair of them. But DP was particularly amused at how Cathy's husband was expected to sit on the sofa minus trousers though and not for the first time I found myself wondering just how the partners of these obsessive cleaners actually tolerate the bizarre practices they are required to observe.

Hayley is an utter dingbat.

Still not convinced that the principle behind the experiment will do much more than accentuate the relative problems on both sides though.

Blondeshavemorefun Thu 21-Mar-13 19:19:19

nadia its like supersize v superslim - both have weird eating/diets and stuffing/not eating and swapping is meant to help them hmm

those why say they clean 8hrs a day- how the hell do they find time, i work 10/12hrs a day, if i then cleaned for another eight, means i would sleep 4/6hrs a night

or do they not have jobs? therefore how do they afford all the cleaning stuff?

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