What are the best cleaning shows ever?

The satisfying clean up compilations, the dramatic transformations, the fascination with mess; here at Gtech, we just can’t get enough of cleaning TV shows. Their ability to inspire and even make us fall in love with housework is unrivalled.

And as Christmas approaches, we’re going to need all the motivation possible to get our homes ready for all the festive friends and family visiting from afar! That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of the best-rated cleaning shows of all time, providing the inspiration you need to tackle that tricky to-do list.

Continue reading, below, to find out which cleaning shows are truly worth the watch.

What are the best-rated cleaning shows on IMDB?

Ranked by IMDb rating Cleaning show Country IMDb rating Where to watch
#1 Hot Mess House America 8 Amazon Prime
#2 Sort Your Life Out UK 7.9 BBC iPlayer
#3 Grime & Punishment: Dirty Britain UK 7.8 Channel 5
#4 Call the Cleaners UK 7.6 Amazon Prime
#5 Clean House America 7.5 Amazon Prime
#6 How Clean Is Your House? UK 7.4 YouTube
#7 Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners UK 7.3 Channel 4
#8 Mission: Organization America 7.3 HGTV
#9 Britain's Biggest Hoarders UK 7.2 YouTube
#10 Filthy House SOS UK 6.9 Channel 5
#11 Clean Sweep America 6.9 TLC
#12 Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things America 6.7 Netflix
#13 Tidying Up With Marie Kondo America 6.6 Netflix
#14 Master The Mess America 6.6 DirecTV
#15 Hoarding: Buried Alive America 6.6 TLC
#16 Hoarders America 6.4 Amazon Prime
#17 Sparking Joy With Marie Kondo America 6.3 Netflix
#18 The Minimalists: Less Is Now America 5.9 Netflix
#19 Kim's Rude Awakenings Canada 5.2 YouTube
#20 Get Organised With The Home Edit America 4.9 Netflix

According to our research, Hot Mess House is the highest rated TV cleaning show of all time, currently sitting pretty with an IMDb rating of 8/10.

Hosted by professional organiser Cassandra Aarssen, Hot Mess House helps clients clear up their messy spaces via video conferencing technology. The focus is on bringing flow back into the home, which makes it the perfect programme for the post-covid TV consumer to enjoy.

At the other end of the spectrum, Get Organised with the Home Edit holds the unfortunate title of the worst-rated cleaning show in our data set. This Netflix series about decluttering to create stunning spaces only has an average IMDb score of 4.9/10, which puts it below other poor performers such as Kim’s Rude Awakenings and The Minimalists: Less is Now. It’s not all bad news for the Home Edit though: they recently topped our cleanfluencers earnings list, taking home over £10,000 per Instagram post, proving their social presence is much stronger than their streaming!

We also looked at where the best cleaning shows are produced – and we’re proud to say that the UK comes out on top over our friends across the Atlantic. Not only is our top 10 best rated cleaning show list dominated by the UK (70% of the shows were produced here), but British cleaning series also have a higher rating on IMDb, averaging 7.4/10, compared to North America’s 6.5.

When were the best-rated cleaning shows released?

Ranking Time period Amount of cleaning shows Average IMDb rating
#1 2001-2005 4 7.3
#2 2011-2015 3 7.91
#3 2016-2020 7 6.9
#4 2021-present 3 6.7
#5 2006-2010 3 6.1

Looking at when all our cleaning shows first aired, we found that 2001-2005 was the golden age for new cleaning shows, averaging an IMDb rating of 7.3/10.

Cleaning classics such as Clean House, Mission: Organization and Clean Sweep all made their television debuts in this time, each finding critical and commercial success just after the turn of the millennium. But Brits will most likely remember Kim and Aggie’s no nonsense approach to housework from 2003 onward, with cult classic How Clean Is Your House? bringing science and attitude in equal measure for a captivating combo.

The busiest period for new cleaning shows came between 2016 and 2020, however. Seven major series made their debut in those packed five years, including Filthy House SOS, Master the Mess and Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.

In fact, there has been an explosion of cleaning shows in the last decade, compared to the 10 years prior. From 2011 to 2021, 13 shows on our list made their first broadcasting appearances, whereas only seven shows started their series before 2011. Certainly, the advent of online streaming services has given new life to the genre – which is great news for the cleaning-obsessed (like us)!

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