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41 British House Cleaning Vocabulary Words, Phrases, Phrasal Verbs & Slang!

41 British House Cleaning Vocabulary Words, Phrases, Phrasal Verbs & Slang!


Hello everyone and welcome back to english
with lucy today i’m very excited about this video it’s a video about cleaning i
have noticed so many people making loads of errors when they’re talking about
cleaning it’s a very popular topic online nowadays i’m going to give you
lots of cleaning verbs these are essential but also the corresponding
phrasal verbs that a lot of people struggle with i’m also going to give you
some phrases and vocab words related to cleaning at the end firstly before we
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right let’s get on with the lesson firstly we’re going to look at some
cleaning verbs and they’re examples of course because I know you love examples
but afterwards we’re going to look at their corresponding phrasal verbs how
you can transform them into cleaning related phrasal verbs I’m going to show
you a really cool trick that will help you remember which preposition goes with
which verb but let’s begin with the verbs
number one is to wipe to wipe this is to clean or dry something by rubbing across
your hand or some paper for example make sure you wipe the surfaces with a clean
cloth number two we have to clean it’s important because it relates to the
phrasal verb this means to make clean not dirty free from marks and dirt for
example I’m going to clean the bathroom because it’s in a terrible state
number three sounds similar to to clean it’s to clear and the meaning is
different it means to remove unwanted items or objects from so with to clean
you’re simply removing marks and dirt to clear you’re removing actual objects or
items for example I cook the food my fiance clears the table he’s clearing
objects he is removing used and unwanted items from the table if I clean my
workspace I’ll probably be wiping down the surfaces or washing the table if I
clear my workspace I’m probably organizing it removing pens and old
bills and things like that number four is to sweep to sweep this is to clean an
area by brushing away dirt or litter I wouldn’t say to brush the dirt or brush
the patio I would say can you sweep the patio an example please sweep the floor
carefully last time you missed a spot a spot is a small area number five is to
wash this means to clean with water and usually soap or a detergent for example
when you wash the dishes don’t use a metal brush on my non-stick pans two
things to note here I say wash the dishes but I also talked
about pans when we say wash the dishes we’re speaking about dishes you know
plates and cutlery but also any other kitchen
utensils that have been used in the process of preparing a meal non-stick
pans are different to normal pans because they have a special coating that
makes sure that food doesn’t cling and burn the next one number six is to hang
this means to suspend something from the top leaving the bottom part to dangle
free for example why does it always rain just as I go to hang my washing on the
line number seven is to Hoover or to vacuum this means to clean with a vacuum
cleaner now to vacuum is the universal phrase but Hoover is very common in
British English and this is because for many years
Hoover which is a brand of vacuum cleaner basically dominated the market
so we just said we were going to Hoover something instead of to vacuum something
now even if our vacuum cleaner is made by a different brand we are still
inclined to call it a Hoover an example when my mother who visit the carpets
she likes to leave visible vacuum cleaner marks so that everybody can
notice the effort that she’s made true story I love my mum I always used to
wonder why she would Hoover so hard to leave these marks now I get it when I
Hoover I want people to notice that I’ve hoovered number eight is to tidy this
means to organize or to arrange neatly or to put something in its place for
example I’m terrible at tidying my own bedroom but I’m very good at telling
others to tidy theirs number nine is to mop this means to clean something by
soaking up water or liquid for example if you see any spilt drinks be sure to
mop the floor number ten is to polish this is to make the surface of something
smooth and shiny by rubbing it usually with a cloth for example please could
you polish the cutlery before setting the table note to set the table is to
place all of the things that you need on a table before dinner cutlery
napkins plates salt and pepper sauces everything to set the table we can also
say to lay at the table number 11 is to scrub scrub this is to
rub something hard usually with a brush and water in order to clean it for
example you’ll have to really scrub those baking trays unfortunately they’re
covered in burnt cake number 12 is to scour to scour this means to clean the
surface of something by rubbing it hard usually with an abrasive or a detergent
for example you should scour that pan with a metal brush and lots of washing
up liquid and the last one number 13 is to dust this means to remove the dust or
dirt from the surface of something by wiping it or brushing it for example
please could you dust the ornaments on the mantelpiece a mantelpiece is a
wooden stone or sometimes marble structure above a fireplace it’s like a
shelf and we like to put photo frames and ornaments there right so we’ve got
these 13 cleaning verbs how do we transform them into phrasal verbs and
how do we know which verb goes with which preposition oh I can make this so
much easier for you every single one of these verbs can be used with the
preposition up and up simply adds emphasis to wipe up to clean up to clear
up up implies that you’re making something better so to clean up means to
clean something in order to improve it because up is adding emphasis it doesn’t
necessarily change the meaning of the verb before it you can use these
cleaning verbs with confidence with the preposition up knowing that the meaning
is not changed to clean is the same as to clean up just the latter has a
little bit more emphasis now another preposition that you will hear a lot
with cleaning verbs is out the first seven verbs in the verb list can also be
used without the following six cannot be used without I mean you could try but
they would sound a bit weird using out with a cleaning verb implies that
something like an unwanted object or dust or dirt is being removed from the
inside of something whether that be a room or a hollow object to wipe out this
could be the inside of a bag can you wipe out your lunch box I’m removing all
the dirt and old food from the inside of a lunch box to clean out or to clear out
these are commonly used with rooms to clear out your garage for example to
throw away unwanted items and to make it cleaner to hang out is an exception in
this case because if you hang out the washing it doesn’t mean that your
washing is unwanted it just means that the washing is going to be hung outside
but because to hang out is used quite frequently I thought it was important
that it was included in this list to Hoover out to vacuum out to wash out to
sweep out this is all talking about removing dust from somewhere or
something to tidy to mop to polish to scrub to scour and to dust are not
usually used without but they are commonly used with up English is a very
diverse and complicated language so yes you might hear someone say can you scrub
out those pans I wouldn’t recommend it because it’s not commonly used right
let’s move on to the next part of the lesson I’m going to give you some
vocabulary words and phrases some are quite idiomatic that describe
cleanliness words and phrases that you can use to talk about things that are
very clean a couple of words first the first one is spotless
spotless she cleaned the kitchen until it was spotless
next number two we have immaculate immaculate this means absolutely perfect
by the time he’d finished the flat was immaculate number three is orderly
orderly this means that something is very organized or tidy everything has a
specific place the library was very orderly every book had a place a number
for the last vocabulary word is shipshape shipshape this means in good
order very clean Sarah vacuums everyday to keep her house shipshape now let’s
move on to the phrases the first one is as clean as a whistle
as clean as a whistle the sink was as clean as a whistle after using the new
detergent we also have as neat as a pin as neat as a pin this means the same
thing an example there hallway was as neat as a pin the next one number three
is spic and span spic and span the guests left the hotel room spic and span
very clean and the last one is you could eat off the floor and this normally
talks about someone’s kitchen if their kitchen is so clean it would actually be
hygienic to eat off the floor their home was so clean you could eat off the
kitchen floor it’s a huge compliment to be told that someone would eat off your
kitchen floor right that’s it for today’s lesson I hope you enjoyed it and
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fiance my dog my life everything I will see you soon for another lesson
was me ad libbing I shall make a note to avoid doing so in the future let’s get stop no let’s not get started
the lesson I need to thank my sponsor I did that too Lucy Bella this means to
make clean not dirty free from dirt and rub them dammit spot is on your face for
example please could you you

100 thoughts on “41 British House Cleaning Vocabulary Words, Phrases, Phrasal Verbs & Slang!

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  2. I m very glad that I found this video.. Phrase verbs are always annoying me. This is actually a very informative one.. Keep making such videos.. Love from india😘

  3. Lucy dear, has anyone ever told you kinda look like tennis player Donna Vekic? She doesn´t have these spetacular eyes of yours, still she´s also very pretty! 😀

  4. I needed seriousely life partner i want to meet i like you really i well merry with you i am proud broad open miended sny intrested womsn merry with me i am very loveing romantic ..😍😍😍💑💑💑💑💑❤❤🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷

  5. * Feteh: I'm failing my English class…
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    * Feteh: I don't understand what is going on…
    * Mohamed: Did you talk to your teacher about it?
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  6. the dress you are wearing fits you perfectly. Very good choice. The basic colour black is corresponding to your dark eyes while contrasting your light skin. The tones of the flowers depicted on your dress are in general harmony with your skin, which is a blend of their white and red colours. The red especially matches your lips and fingernails. Your appearance is as neat as a pin. To put it in a nutshell: I like it. I like it very much. Very good choice. Perfect!

  7. தொல்காப்பியன் எனும் பெரியார் , அம்பேத்துகார் தூயத்தமிழன் says:

    You look gorgeous dear

  8. Thank you so much, Lucy! It is really helpful, especially for me reading currently Girl with a Pearl Earring 😅 Greetings from Uzbekistan 🤗

  9. Thank you Lucy for again a really helpful video!! Just want to point it out, the phrasal verbs using with out still use up

  10. In fact, it is the absolutely loveliest video about cleaning, darling! This coming from a person who hates cleaning 🤣🤣🤣

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  12. Y a-t-il quelqu'un qui es francophone qui voudrait apprendre l'anglais au niveau débutant? J'enseigne l'anglais en particulier aux francophones sur ma chaîne. Vous pouvez apprendre avec moi n’oubliez pas de vous abonner😊

  13. Hi….iam Dr hafsa manan. ..iam a big fan of yours….I would like to Improve my English with you and your recommendations but could you please tell me for those who cannot afford ITALKI? ?

  14. Hi Lucy Ma'am
    I am sorry to say that whenever I read the novels I have difficult to make phrasal verbs out so
    will you please recommend me especially in phrasal verbs what kind of books I should buy so that I can make it out clear or if you have any PDF of it write me
    Thanks

  15. This song would make the most perfect intro for your videos
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I81feU3Rcg from 0:20 seconds onwards

  16. Im abdi hussein and i libe in somaliland in africa.
    Its not my first day i watch your video.
    It's upgrading our English vocabulary and clear speaking.
    So thank you teachee

  17. Hello Lucy 🙂 Thank you for the lesson. ' you could eat off the floor' was my favorite one. We have the same phrase in Turkish. We say ' bal dök yala ' bal=honey dökmek= pour yala=lick.

  18. As a non-native English teacher I'm so happy to see you finally 'promoting' us as well – I really like you, I love your videos and I learn a lot from you (as well as my students!), but I always felt kind of sad when you would promote language learning apps by saying they only have native teachers. Now, all is good! 🙂

  19. Basically IAM not surrounded by people who speak in English but I would love to .then how can I practice speaking english

  20. Thank you Lucy, for making learning really fun!
    It'll be great if you could do a video specifically on the omission of prepositions like 'on', in a sentence like "I'll be leaving (on) Sunday?" and throw some light on similar usages and omissions!

  21. سلام ..هل يمكنكم مساعدتي في كيفية جعل هذا الفيديو مترجم للغة العربية؟

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