When were Americans clean freaks to begin with? As a clean freak myself, I was surprised to learn that the US had a reputation for being obsessed with cleaning. Considering the places of many friends I've visited, I'm not so sure I agree with that! However, this article suggests that Americans are toning down their attitude towards housework.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14908756

Aggie MacKenzie's comment cracked me up. Even though she believes American cleaning products are far better, only in America did she see the most horrendous pigsties.