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To make things cleaner or tidier - thesaurus

Synonyms

clean up

to make a place completely clean and tidy

clear out

to make a place or container clean or tidy by removing things that are not wanted and getting rid of any dirt or dust in it

clean

verb

to remove the dirt from something

sort out

to get rid of things that you do not need and arrange things that you do need tidily

clean out

to make a place or container clean or tidy by removing objects that are not wanted and getting rid of any dirt or dust in it

tidy

verb

to make a place look better by putting things in the correct place

pick up after

to make a place clean and tidy, especially after someone else has used it

brush

verb

to make something clean or tidy using a brush

pick up

to lift things up and put them in the place where they are kept in order to make a place tidy

straighten up

to make something tidy

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brush

verb

to remove something from an object using a brush

brush down

to clean someone or something using your hands or a brush

change

verb

if you change a bed or change the sheets, you put clean sheets, covers etc on the bed

clean

verb

to remove the dirt and dust in a house or other building

clean down

to remove the dirt from something, especially from an upright surface

clean out

to remove objects from a place or container in order to make it tidy

clean up

to remove objects from a place in order to make it completely clean and tidy

clean up after

to clean a place after someone has made it dirty or untidy

clear away

to remove something that you have finished using or no longer want in order to make a place tidy

clear out

to remove things that are not wanted from a place or container in order to make it tidy

clear the table

to take away from a table all the dishes and the knives, forks etc after people have finished eating

clear up

to make a place tidy by removing things that you have finished using or no longer want

clear up after

to make a place tidy after someone else has made it untidy

declutter

verb

to get rid of things you do not need or want from your home or another place

decontaminate

verb

to remove a dangerous or poisonous substance from something

descale

verb

to remove the white powder that forms on metal containers when the water in them contains a lot of chemicals

disentangle

verb

to remove knots in rope, wool etc

do

verb

informal to clean something, or to make a place tidy

do out

informal to make a room, cupboard, or drawer thoroughly tidy and clean

dry

verb

to wipe the water off dishes after they have been washed

dust

verb

to wipe the dust off the surface of something such as furniture

dust down

to wipe dust or dirt off the surface of something

dust off

to wipe dust or dirt off the surface of something

dust yourself off

to wipe dust or dirt off your clothes

fix up

to clean, repair, or decorate something

freshen

verb

to make something fresher, cleaner, or more attractive

fumigate

verb

to treat a place or object with fumes from chemicals in order to kill bacteria or insects

give someone/something the once-over

to clean something very quickly

go over

to clean something, especially quickly

hoover

verb

British to clean a carpet or floor with a vacuum cleaner

hoover up

British to clean the dirt or dust from a carpet or floor with a vacuum cleaner

lay

verb

if you lay the table or lay a place at a table, you prepare a table for a meal by putting forks, knives, spoons, dishes etc on it. The usual American word is set

make a bed

to arrange the covers on a bed so that they are tidy

pick up

American to make a place clean and tidy

purify

verb

to make something clean by removing dirty or harmful substances from it

restore

verb

to clean and repair something old and dirty or damaged so that it looks the same as it did originally

sandblast

verb

to clean a surface with a special machine that uses high pressure to shoot sand against it

sanitise

a British spelling of sanitize

sanitize

verb

to make something clean and healthy, especially by killing bacteria

set the table

to put knives, forks, plates etc on a table at each place where a person will eat

set the table

to put all the dishes, forks, knives etc needed for a meal onto a table

shake out

to shake a cloth, sheet, piece of clothing etc so that dust and dirt fall off

smarten up

to improve the appearance of something, for example by cleaning or painting it

sterilise

a British spelling of sterilize

sterilize

verb

to kill all the bacteria on or in something and to make it completely clean, for example by heating it to a very high temperature. Equipment is sterilized in a machine called a sterilizer.

strip

verb

to remove sheets and other covers from a bed

sweep

verb

to clean a floor, the ground, or another surface using a broom (=brush with a long handle)

sweep

verb

to clean something such as a chimney with a long brush

sweep up

to clean and remove dirt, glass, dust etc from a floor or the ground using a brush or broom

tidy away

to put things back in their correct place after you have been using them

tidy out

to make a room or cupboard look better by removing things that you do not want

tidy up

to make small changes to something in order to make it better

tidy up after

to make a room look tidy after someone else has made it untidy

tuck in

to put the end of something such as a piece of clothing under or behind another piece in order to make it tidy

tuck into

to put the end of something such as a piece of clothing under or behind another piece in order to make it tidy

vacuum

verb

to clean a room using a vacuum cleaner

valet

verb

British to clean a car

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