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English Vocabulary: House Cleaning

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Your house is a mess! I’m going to help you to clean it… in English! In this lesson, you’ll learn some common house cleaning verbs and nouns, like “sweep”, “mop”, “clean”, “wipe”, “vacuum”, “scrub”, “broom”, and “cloth”. This is an easy lesson that will help you talk about your daily chores in English.



[Whistling] Oh, hey, guys. I’m Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on “House Cleaning Vocabulary”. So, most of us, we have to deal with house cleaning. Cleaning our homes is one of the most basic things that we do on our weekends or during the week. So, let’s look at some common verbs, as well as some common nouns that you can use to talk about house cleaning.

Number one, obviously the most basic verb, is: “clean”. So, you can use the verb “clean” to talk about anything. You can clean the floor, clean the window, clean a wall, clean a table, clean a chair. That’s all you need to know about the verb “clean”.

Next, we have the verb: “sweep”. So: “Sweep the floor with a broom.” Does anyone know what a broom is? That’s right. This is a broom. Okay? And sweeping is the action of doing this. So, you sweep the floor with a broom. Okay?

Now, once you sweep the floor, you might want to, you know, clean it a little more maybe with some water and some soap. And if you want to clean the floor with some water and some soap, what you are doing is you’re probably mopping the floor with a mop. Now, I don’t have a mop with me today, but it’s best to think of a mop as like a broom with a wet part at the end. So, mopping, you’re going whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, whoosh. You’re mopping the floor with a mop. The verb and the noun are the exact same thing.

Next up, we have “vacuum”. Now, what is a vacuum? Let me show you. There we have a vacuum. And it’s similar to “mop” where the verb and the noun are the exact same thing. So, you can vacuum with a vacuum, just like you can mop with a mop. All right?

Next, we have the verb: “wipe”. And “wipe” can be used in many contexts as well. So, if I have let’s say… Let’s imagine this is a piece of cloth. I can wipe off the table with a cloth, for example. Or you… I can wipe off the board if it’s dirty. So, “to wipe” is this action. Okay? And, again, you can use the preposition “off” as a phrasal verb, so you can wipe off a table or wipe off a board, for example.

Next, we have the verb: “scrub”. Now, “scrub” is very often used when you’re cleaning, you know, your bathroom, or the bathtub, or the walls in your bathroom. And if you have tiles, which are, again, the square pieces like in a bathroom, you can scrub them. Okay? And normally, what you need is a brush to scrub, not a toothbrush, but, you know, a cleaning brush or what you can call a scrubbing pad. So, to really get that hard clean, to scrub stuff around your toilet, or around your bathtub, or around the walls in your bathroom. Okay?

And finally, you can use the word: “Dust (or dust off) the table with a duster.” Now, “dust” is something which accumulates over time on tables, on pretty much anything. Imagine it as being the little particles that build up over time if you don’t touch something. So, if you can [do this to a book or to a table, you will see dust flying off of it, and you need a duster to dust off the dust. Okay?

So, to review, the most common verb you can use in house cleaning is “clean”. You can sweep the floor with a broom. You can mop the floor with a mop. You can vacuum the floor or the carpet with a vacuum. You can wipe a table with a cloth. And you can scrub tiles with a brush or a scrub pad. And you can also dust a table with a duster.

If you’d like to test your understanding of this vocabulary, as always, you can check out the quiz on And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel. Back to work.


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190 thoughts on “English Vocabulary: House Cleaning

  1. شكرا 💜

  2. New words

    a broom

  3. hola ke hace :v

  4. What about clean my cage

  5. Nice

  6. OMG mind-blowing teaching
    Hats off to u sir

  7. I can understand easily the words

  8. I love the way you teaching with experience ….thank you

  9. Thanks for this amazing video 📹

  10. I liked. 😬

    1. Awesome! Thanks, Karen.

  11. Hi there, can I say “wipe off the window”? And what’s the difference between “scrub” and “rub”?
    Thanks in advance.

  12. U r amazing sir……love from India

    1. Thank you, Moni! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  13. Thanks

    1. My pleasure! Thanks for checking out the lesson, Safa.

  14. Thanks a million Alex for such a lovely lesson

    1. Thanks, Guy. I’m glad you liked it!

  15. Thanks from Brazil

    1. You’re welcome! Thanks for studying with me.

  16. Hola Alex super tus clases. Saludos desde Chile

    1. Thanks, David. I’m glad you liked it! Greetings from Canada. 🙂

  17. thank you
    i really need to the elaboration of the cleaning verbs
    and you make it easy
    anyway i hate using the broom
    so usually i just vacuum every room and make it do (the dust off) job

  18. Thanks Alex,good lesson.

    1. Thanks, Elena. I’m glad you liked it.

  19. Thanks you’re the best

    1. My pleasure. Thanks for studying with me.

  20. thnk you) verry easy and funny!

    1. My pleasure. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  21. thank you a lot .. it was very useful .. and I always enjoy your lessons ..👍🏻👌🏻

  22. Now,I am going to clean the floor.thanks for teaching

  23. thank you so much

    1. You’re very welcome!

  24. Alex, you are the best teacher of English! I like to listen to you very much. Your sence of humor is wonderful! Thank you from Russia!

    1. You’re very welcome. I’m glad you enjoy it!

  25. your lesson will wipe off our mistakes, thanks teacher!

    1. Ha. Thanks, Mirelly. I’ll do my best.

  26. this video is helpful, thanks sir, you are the best English teacher.

    1. You’re too kind. Thank you.

  27. Thanks a lot.

    1. My pleasure!

  28. Very useful ! Thanks for your dedication!

  29. U’re my fave teacher Alex..U’re appreciated for each lesson

  30. tnx alex it was really helpful

  31. Alex you’re the best

  32. you’re my fav teacher Alex….thnx for the effort

  33. Thank you very much, i like your videos.

  34. Hi Alex. I’ve been living in Scotland for over one year and here nobody says, vacum the floor. They say, hoover the floor, and I don’t have a clue why.

  35. Not bad, 8/10 in test 🙂

  36. thank you
    you add much more to me

  37. Thank you Alex for teaching us  useful  words in English . Could you do a lesson about vocabulary of buying online (shipping, delivery, payments, returns, guarantee etc.)? Thank you in  advance.

  38. kkk, at the first video, so funny

  39. Thanks so much, Alex ! this lesson helped me a lot

  40. Thanks….from India

  41. Excellent Alex, I love your English class. I hope someday improve my knowledges. Thank a lot.

  42. very useful ,thanx Alex

  43. Thank you Alex! I love your lessons. You are my favorite teacher. Very easily and easily explain. I’m an immigrant from Ukraine.

  44. woow one the most wonderful teachers in englishvid.. love you

  45. Tks Alex. Great video!

  46. I hadn´t seen you before, teacher Alex, but you seem to be a pretty good teacher!

  47. This is a very useful lesson, thank you very much for it!

  48. Thanks from Finland.

  49. Perfect! God Bless You!

  50. Why does this video have dislikes ?

  51. i like your lessons, you really help me to know many things about english
    Hassan from morocco

  52. Thank you my teacher on these available lessons

  53. thanks you teacher !

  54. Thanks from Turkey..

  55. Thank you very much , I am arabian man , and I love your lessons very much , I am improving my english language because you , thanks

  56. Thank you very much Alex, thanks to your videos, I got the score that I needed in the IELTS, you’re an excellent teacher.

    1. That’s awesome, Beatriz! 😀 Nice job!

  57. Thank you Alex!

  58. hi sir thank for your nice video’s .
    I have one question :What’s your page name in the facebook?

  59. you are the best thanx sir

  60. just quick question, can we write in English: a before heat, large, quick, small, big, i.e. a small portion, a large …, any help in this matter?

  61. can i tell my kids like” Hey my girl., wipe your body well after your shower”?

  62. I have to clean my room its too chaotic. btw I must wipe my desk as well, I have eaten many things on it, its genuenly dirty. thanks a lot

  63. Thank you for the class teacher! Regards

  64. I won’t learn more English but I can’t please help me

  65. Really understandable lessons, you are teacher from god.

  66. I was having fun when I was watched your video because you like your job.

    1. Thanks! That’s a really nice compliment. I definitely like what I do. 🙂

  67. amazing keep up
    I missed your videos and just search up about your channel I’m an old fan of you
    for me you’re the best English teacher ever

    1. p.s. i’m sorry for my bad English :”(

  68. Thank you Alex 👍🏼❤️👏🏼

  69. Thank you for the video Alex 🙂

    btw may I suggest for the next video, what kind of common english language error? maybe like ‘aren’t I’ (is it really a grammar error or not?) or something else.
    Thank youu

  70. I love your lesson. very informative

  71. awesome video sir…thanks for helping us

  72. Very good and helpful

  73. Very helpful, thenks

  74. Alex yoooou Good !

    1. Dziekuje, Bogdan! 🙂

  75. Thanks Alex, good lesson. Kisses from México

    1. Thanks! 🙂

  76. Teacher, your name is Alex?

    1. You got it!

  77. བཀའ་དྲིན་ཆེ།

  78. Great lesson, Alex. Thank you so much!

    1. You’re welcome. 🙂

  79. Amazing lesson as usually Alex. Keeping these lesson up

    1. I will! Thanks, Habib.

  80. Thanks from South Africa

  81. Great!! lesson Alex !!

    1. Thank you very much for clicking!

  82. thank you for your explaining ! Good job!


  84. did you pronounce ‘often’ with sound ‘f’?

    1. English Lessons with Alex (engVid AlexESLvid) sorry Alex. I mean ‘t’. ofTen. is that correct?

    2. I usually do, so yes! 🙂

  85. Why don’t we learn that in schools ? Instead of those boring textbooks !

    1. An excellent point. 🙂 It usually depends on your teachers and the curriculum of your school.

  86. I’m wiping my eyes because of duster sir 😅😅..Many thanks Sir

    1. Haha. Be careful!

  87. thank you very very much

    1. You’re very welcome.

  88. Thanks so much for that useful lesson
    I have a question if you don’t mind
    What does counter mean ?
    It has several meanings
    I am familiar with a few ones like the kitchen counter,and bank counter
    A friend of mine told me that he had asked the women behind the counter if she had any postcard
    I have no idea about the meaning of it in that context
    Would you mind helping me Mr.Alex?

    1. Fair enough!
      Thank you so much indeed Mr.Alex

    2. Sure! Basically, he was referring to a sales counter. It’s basically the flat “table” that a cashier works behind.

  89. 👍

    1. <3

  90. thank you .from Egypt 😊

    1. No problem! You’re welcome from Canada! 🙂

  91. Hey , Alex … Your video always useful for me . you are my favourite teacher..thanks

    1. You’re very welcome! 🙂

  92. Thanks from Brazil!

    1. You’re welcome!

  93. Hi, thanks for your useful videos, just I am asking, if you can explain( if it hadn’t been for )

  94. As always, thanks for clicking, everybody! It sounds like some people were motivated to get up and clean their house after this video. Mission accomplished! Just a reminder that if you’d like to help support us financially at EngVid, you can do so at this link: Thank you!

  95. Thanks you are a good teacher God bless you

    1. That’s very kind. Thank you!

  96. Thank you so much It’s was very helpful dear teacher ..

    1. You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  97. very useful, extra vocabulary! (from brazil)

    1. Leticia Galvão Caroni huehue

    2. Leticia Galvão Caroni estou apredendo inglês autonimo.

    3. Batista Sindor mais ou menos, sei o básico e um pouco de intermediário

    4. Leticia Galvão Caroni você ja sabe falar inglês?

    5. Batista Sindor sim

  98. I’m studying English alone without a language school.

    1. Exlent! 🙂

    2. This is okay! At some point, it helps to have someone to practice conversations with, though.

  99. nice! thanks

  100. Good Lesson Alex. Do you clear your house?

    1. Nice Alex. Congratulation! I’m brazilian and I’m learning so much english with you. You’re an excellent teacher. I’m sorry to mistakes.
      W. Martins

    2. “Do you clean your house?” I split the duties with my wife. I’m usually in charge of washing the dishes and taking out the garbage. I also sweep the floor.

  101. Thanks man, help me a lot

    1. No problem! I’m glad you found it useful.

  102. thanks teacher

    1. Any time!

  103. Thank you, Alex! You are the best teacher!

    1. You’re very kind. Thank you!

  104. Thanks from Italy!!❤❤

    1. You’re welcome from Canada! 🙂

  105. ♥♥♥

    1. 😀 😀 😀

  106. thank you

  107. thank you Alex! now I can explain my husband better what he should do 😛

    1. @Darlia Ternova I’m afraid that he will explain to you better what to do with the broom’s stick 😉 ‘:D.
      Just kidding 🙂

    2. Thank you Alex. I’m Ali from morocco

    3. hahahahaha

    4. Dariia Ternova i’m happy that i’m not your h….

    5. hahahahah!

  108. thank you

  109. Thanks Alex…After watching your lesson, I will be cleaning my house. I think it was kind of messy.

    1. Haha. Good! If this video inspired even one person to do that, I’m happy!

  110. Thank you so much.from Morroco

    1. No problem!

  111. Thanks

    1. No problem.

  112. Greetings from Russia, Moscow 🙂 And thanks for one more useful lesson!

  113. Many thanks Alex for this useful piece of English lesson.


  114. EXcellent ,
    very very useful as well as attractive way to teach.

    1. That’s very kind. Thanks!

  115. I need someone to speak with me in english

    1. Lets talk

  116. Thank you, Dear Teacher!

  117. thank you

  118. Thank you, Alex, from Ukraine.

    1. Красава я тоже )

    2. You’re very welcome, from Canada! 🙂

  119. Very useful !

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you liked it!

  120. as always useful lesson with my fave teacher, God bless you 👌👌

    1. English Lessons with Alex (engVid AlexESLvid) hello my good teacher, i like to learn English with you , thank you for all anything

    2. English Lessons with Alex (engVid AlexESLvid)
      I love you.

    3. It was my pleasure! I’m glad you enjoyed this quick lesson.

  121. Thanks so much from Thailand.

    1. My pleasure! Thank you for watching! Greetings from Canada.

  122. Thanks from Egypt , you are so funny

    1. Thank you!

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