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1. The cleaning and tidying of a house and its contents.
2. Informal Removal of unwanted personnel, methods, or policies in an effort at reform or improvement.

house′clean′ v.
house′clean′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.houseclean - clean and tidy up the house; "She housecleans every week"
clean up, neaten, square away, tidy, tidy up, straighten, straighten out - put (things or places) in order; "Tidy up your room!"
clean - remove while making clean; "Clean the spots off the rug"
clean, make clean - make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"
G.I., GI - clean in preparation for inspection; "the soldiers GIed the barracks"
spring-clean - thoroughly clean the entire house, often done only once a year; "she started spring-cleaning on April 1"
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References in classic literature ?
I always wondered how Marilla dared houseclean that room.
Some other tips are to run heating and air conditioning systems regularly to clean, circulate and dehumidify indoor air; vacuum bed mattresses and launder bed linens weekly; houseclean to prevent dust accumulation -- vacuum carpets and rugs weekly; and keep relative humidity below 55 percent to offset dust mite and mold growth.