[ noun ] the act of making something clean


cleansing cleanup


"he gave his shoes a good cleaning"

Used in print

(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)

Early in the war it was not uncommon for planters ' sons to retain in camp Negro `` body_servants '' to perform the menial chores such_as cooking , foraging , cleaning the quarters , shining shoes , and laundering clothes .