If you're one of those people who flushes the toilet with their foot, alphabetizes their DVDs, or bathes in Purell, then you're in good company. Many celebrities are self-proclaimed neat freaks, germophobes, and perfectionists. Sure, it's a little easier to have everything squeaky clean when you have servants to order around, but some of these stars work just as hard at staying germ-free as they do on their bikini bodies. For the rest of us slobs out there, we get to experience something these clean freak celebrities never will, the five-second rule.
1. Matt Lauer
Matt Lauer is a notorious germophobe. The Today show anchor always has a bottle of Purell in his pocket. (He's not just happy to see you.) New York Magazine reported: "He’s constantly out shaking hands with the crowd, and the minute he turns away, he’s Purell-ing his hands. If you ever walk in his office, it’s like a museum—he’s meticulous."
Lauer freely admits his obsession with cleanliness. In the following clip from The Tonight Show, he tells Jimmy Fallon about a trip to New Zealand where there was no indoor plumbing. "I think I held it for four days. No, seriously. I don't need to eat lunch and dinner, because I know I'm going to have to go in that outhouse eventually," he joked. A porta potty in New Zealand sounds like it would be cleaner than anything he'd touch in New York, but we'll take his word for it.
2. Reese Witherspoon
Apparently Reese is as perfect as she seems. Her housekeepers have no dirt on her, literally. They say she’s so neat and tidy that they never have much cleaning to do, despite the star having three kids. If that's not annoying enough, then wait until you find out how she likes to let loose in her free time. The actress told Harper’s BAZAAR, “You know what I like to do? Reorganize bookshelves and my sock drawer.” She says her husband doesn't quite understand her organizing obsession.
“Jim’s like, ‘What have you been doing for four hours in your closet?’ I’m like, ‘Um, reorganizing my underwear?’”
3. David Beckham
It turns out that bending it like Beckham actually means keeping everything straight AF. The soccer star's OCD keeps him busy obsessively organizing. "I need to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs," Beckham said. "I'll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there's one too many then I'll put it in another cupboard somewhere. I'll go into a hotel room and before I can relax, I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect."
His wife Victoria Beckham, a.k.a. Posh Spice, described her husband as "a weirdo" because of his condition. (Classic Posh) She said, "Everything has to match in the house. If there are three cans of Diet Pepsi, he'd throw one away because it's uneven." Sounds like a pretty chill guy.
4. Taylor Swift
The only thing messy about T-Swift is her breakups. "I'm sort of a neat freak," she confessed, "I need the bed to be made." (WHAT A MONSTER!) Swift really put some thought into this personality trait. "It's kind of interesting because that kind of defies the whole musician thing," she said. "I think we're supposed to be messy, but I need everything to be neat and put away and organized." She neglected to mention that she's such a control freak, she forced her BFFs to wear matching patriotic bathing suits on 4th of July, but we were totally on to her.
5. Lisa Rinna
This Real Housewife is a real clean freak. The former Days of Our Lives star was seen freaking out on an American Airlines flight, wiping down most of the first class cabin with alcohol wipes. A fellow passenger gave Page Six an eyewitness account:
She is a well-known germaphobe, and once she got on the plane, whipped out a canister of sanitary wipes and cleaned down her seat, tray, everything. Then she announced if anyone else wanted their seat wiped . . . and went ahead and started cleaning the seat in front of her, screaming it was ‘disgusting!’ When she went to the bathroom, she covered every surface with toilet paper and basically left it that way, so the next passenger had to figure out what to do with all the paper.
Rinna confirms her germ paranoia on her blog. She posted, “Hotel rooms are gross. I’m sorry, but if you think of the who, what and where that TV changer has been, you would wipe that whole f *cking place down just like I do with my alcohol wipes. By the way, I also wipe my plane seat down and everything around me. You betcha OCD, baby, but if that keeps the bodily fluids/germs off of me, then it’s so well worth it folks!”
6. Tom Cruise
No one (not even Xenu) thinks Tom Cruise has any chill whatsoever. So it's not surprising to learn the movie star is a total clean freak. Sources revealed that when Tom was married to Katie Holmes, he wouldn't even allow her to use his equipment in their private gym. If that's not confirmation that these two were not swapping any kind of fluids during their relationship, then what is?
Tom also doesn't allow anyone to wear shoes indoors, not even on his custom-built Scientology bus. According to a former high-ranking church staffer, Cruise ordered the bus to be fitted with a special drawer for slippers because he didn’t want anyone germing up the carpet with their feet.
7. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron's OCD keeps her up at night. "I have to be incredibly tidy and organized or it messes with my mind and switches off on me," she said. The Monster actress discussed the anxiety she feels when something is out of place. "I have a problem with cabinets being messy and people just shoving things in and closing the door. I will lie in bed and not be able to sleep because I'll say to myself: 'I think I saw something in that cabinet that just shouldn't be there,'" she told London's Daily Mail.
8. Donald Trump
President elect and jack-o-lantern model Donald Trump is a self proclaimed "clean-hands freak." He once called shaking hands "one of the curses of American society," and said, "I feel much better after I thoroughly wash my hands, which I do as much as possible." He also said he never hits the ground floor button in elevators because too many other people people touch it, leaving it infested with germs. Eww poor people cooties! On the campaign trail, Trump once distributed bottles of Purell hand sanitizer to reporters so he could shake their hands without fear.
There's one group of people Trump is really repulsed by. Teachers. (Bet you thought it was "Mexicans.") He once said, "I'm going to do everything in my power not to shake hands with teachers. They have 17,000 germs per square inch on their desks. That's ten times the germ rate of other professions." Pageant contestants, on the other hand, are super fun to touch.
It's no secret Madonna is a a perfectionist. She's also a self proclaimed neat freak. “My children’s bedrooms. I go ballistic if their clothes are on the floor,” she said. “If a picture is crooked I have to fix it. All clothes must be hung up. I hate messes.” She told Harper's BAZAAR, "If someone throws something on the floor or over a chair, I have to pick it up and hang it up."
Clothes on the floor are one thing, but the Material Girl takes her cleanliness a step further (Okay, several steps further). Madge requires a new toilet seat for her dressing room at every venue she performs in. Yet another insider disclosed that the Material Girl is so obsessed with cleanliness that “before she will go to the toilet, she’ll send one of her team in with gloves and a face mask, with a bottle of disinfectant and a cloth.”
If all that toilet cleaning wasn't enough, Madonna has a sterilization team come and clean her dressing rooms. She reportedly wants to make sure any DNA that may have been dropped in the room is obliterated. The sterilization team comes in after she leaves too. So if you were thinking of snapping up some of Madonna's stray hair, skin, or saliva, think again, sicko.
Some of us remember when Madonna hated to be called "neat."
10. Cameron Diaz
Cam made the the list of Hollywood's biggest slobs for not wearing deodorant and rocking pit stains on the red carpet, but she also makes our clean freak list for her doorknob paranoia. The Charlie's Angels star is known for opening doors with her elbows, and has admitted to cleaning the doorknobs of her Los Angeles home so much that the paint wore off. She's also admitted to washing her hands "many times" each day. "I'm not scared of germs. I'm just aware of them," Diaz once said. "I'm not into other people's fluids unless I know them really well." That's also the first line on her online dating bio.
11. Courtney Cox
Courtney Cox is best known for playing the clean freak Monica on the TV show Friends. (Maybe you've heard of it.) As it turns out, that role wasn't too much of a stretch for Cox. She described her cleaning quirks and the moment she realized she was a Monica.
"OK, I am a neat freak. I could easily pick lint off of someone else. I was doing, I think it was The Jon Stewart Show,' and I was picking things off of him and I thought, 'Oh my God, I'm just like Monica. This is too scary.' I have a lot of glass in my house, and I remember saying as a joke once that I clean my stuff with Windex while my friends are over, but then I found myself actually doing that the other day. It's horrible."
12. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow's one of the most hated people in Hollywood, and this little factoid probably won't score her any cool points. It takes a team of assistants to bring the exclusive gym she belongs to up to her spotless standards. Before she showers, Gwyneth has her assistant go into the stall to clean the entire shower and wipe it dry. She doesn't want to risk coming into contact with what she calls "somebody else's shower water." She also flat out refuses to use toilet paper that anyone else may have touched, and demands a sealed package every time. A source told Life and Style magazine, "It's nuts."
13. Khloe Kardashian
Khloe K. says she's obsessed with cleaning, and like everything else in the Kardashian's lives, she's trying to kapitalize on it. The reality star admits to having her bed sheets washed every two days, and her towels washed and bleached daily. (This is why you need servants.) She also says she buys new pillows every 6 months so they don't get dusty. (Not sure if she's talking about the ones you sleep on or butt implants, but either way, she keeps it fresh.)
Khloe brags about her love of kleaning (or her “Khlo-C-D”) in videos for her website (like the one of her drool-worthy snack pantry below), but sources claim she's not the one who organizes them. "Khloe doesn't lift a finger at her house!" the insider said. "She just barks orders at her assistant and housekeepers to have the cookies and other goodies displayed so that they will look good on camera. If the junk food isn't displayed the way Khloe wants, she will dump it upside down and make them do it all over again."
That pantry is definitely my favorite Kardashian.