TODAY | December 05, 2012
>>> if you're like me you tidy up as often as you can, but you know what, that's not going to cut it for our next guest. she cleans everything from her own home to public bathrooms, everything she comes in contact with, and her story is featured on a new tlc special that premiers to the. it's called "neat freaks." take a look.
>> look at what i'm getting out of there. look at this, april. look, look. look what i got out of this thing. lock at this. what i got off the microwave
>> i don't want to get up to see what you scraped out of there.
>> living with my mom is just nuts. she's constantly, constantly cleaning. even if the house is spotless, she will find something to clean , mom, dust. it's just non-stop.
>> they are here with us. good morning to both of you.
>> good morning.
>> how did they find you for a show?
>> i write an article on hub pages and wrote an article why i love to clean and somebody contacted me.
>> do you think you're obsessive, al friedealfrieda or is it a normal way to live your life ?
>> i thought it was normal.
>> are you a germaphobe or are you just obsessed with the act of cleaning in.
>> yes and yes.
>> i literally love to clean . i get joy from cleaning.
>> in your own home. let's go to the bathroom first, don't mean that literally. go into the bathroom for a second. you're down on your hands and knees, a toothbrush into the corner, the grout, everything like that.
>> toothpicks to make sure you get something out of every crevice.
>> april, what am i leaving out?
>> knives, anything that can get a really good scrape.
>> and if you didn't do that, would you not be able to sleep? would it bother you, or would you just lack pleasure?
>> lack pleasure, however, in the middle of the night if i wake up and i pass something, i've got to pick it up, clean it up.
>> you go out of house and go into a public bathroom, and you have a bag with you that's got your cleaning tools and solutions in it sometimes?
>> yeah, yeah. you'll clean a public bathroom?
>> because i don't want to go in there and use it until it's clean , or i don't want to leave it dirty for fear somebody might think that i did it.
>> and how much time does that take? i mean, if you have to go, you have to go. you have time to sit and clean the bathroom before you use it?
>> i have a nickname fast frieda and i can do everything fast so i clean fast.
>> is this embarrassing to you, april? i mean, has it ever created a situation --
>> i don't go with her to the bathroom.
>> glad to hear that.
>> but when she's in there cleaning and people know she's in there cleaning, does it embarrass you?
>> after all this time.
>> you're over it.
>> i'm just over it, yeah.
>> you go to a restaurant, you don't eat the food. for example, fruit, you wash.
>> i won't eat fruit at a restaurant. i don't know what they did to it. i don't know if they cleaned it.
>> did you learn this behavior, or is this in your dna? was your mom like this in.
>> not like me, however, my mom is very clean , but a lot of the things that i do today are borne out of things i read or have seen or heard, and they are affect me.
>> because it's interesting, and i'm not calling you a slob at all, april, but you don't have this in your dna?
>> no. i consider myself to be tidy but not as compulsive as she is about it.
>> as people watch the show, the neat freaks, and you're one of them, what do you want people to understand about you?
>> that i'm not crazy. i'm just clean .
>> and if you have a choice,
it's not a bad way to live: nice to meet you both.
>> thank you.
>> and catch "neat freaks" tonight