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Did You Dream About Cleaning? Here's What It Means

A dream symbol like cleaning can be a complex one to explain. Because our dreams are like reflections of our subconscious mind, and they often include symbolic references to our daily lives, no single explanation can ever match everyone's dream.

Below are 3 possible interpretations of dreams about cleaning, taken from three different angles.

Which of these interpretations makes the most sense for you?

What does cleaning mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about cleaning something signifies your desire to correct past mistakes, clear away negative emotions, or resolve an issue. But the dream can be more nuanced than just that.

It's a positive sign of personal growth and self-improvement. If you see someone else cleaning, it could mean you're relying on others to fix your problems or you feel someone else is responsible for your mess. It could also indicate that you're witnessing someone's self-improvement journey. Both scenarios reflect a need for cleansing and renewal in your life.

Cleaning is a very complex dream image to to give you a single meaning for. To know for certain, it would be necessary to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's life story and current environment.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming about cleaning, in the Freudian perspective, may symbolize a subconscious effort to cleanse oneself of guilt or shame, perhaps linked to an unresolved Oedipal conflict or repressed desires.

Some additional thoughts on this: It's an act of purgation, a psychological attempt to sanitize one's inner world. If the dreamer observes another cleaning, it could suggest a projection of their own need for purification onto another, or perhaps a latent envy of someone else's perceived moral cleanliness. Both scenarios, fundamentally, denote a yearning for psychic hygiene and the resolution of internal discord.0

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of cleaning signifies a spiritual journey towards purification and release. It's a divine message urging you to cleanse your spirit of negativity, past regrets, or toxic emotions, paving the way for spiritual growth and enlightenment. When you see someone else cleaning in your dream, it symbolizes your spiritual guide or higher self working to cleanse your aura and heal your soul. It's a reminder that you're not alone in your spiritual journey, and divine forces are assisting you. Both scenarios are spiritual calls for inner cleansing, self-improvement, and the need to let go of what no longer serves your higher purpose.

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Which dream explanation works the best for you?

Which of the above ways of explaining cleaning makes the most sense for your unique situation?

Only you can say for sure. Keep in mind that our subconscious mind can be a convoluted puzzle. Just about any image in a dream can represent a long list of meanings — or be the result of many different realities from our waking life.

Got a different analysis for a dream about cleaning of your own? Contribute your own thoughts to the comments at the bottom of this page.

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