Dream Interpretations

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Cleaning up Poop?

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Cleaning up Poop?
Ellie Barlow
Written by Ellie Barlow

It’s no secret that poop can be pretty gross. And, unfortunately, it’s a problem that is only going to get worse in the future. As more and more of us live in urban areas, we are subjecting ourselves to more and more poop. This poop is then combined with water, which creates fecal sludge—a.k.a. poop mud—that often accumulates around storm drains and other waterways. Fortunately, there are ways to fight back against this issue, and one of the best ways is to clean up poop yourself. In this article, we will explain what cleaning up poop means and what you need to do to make it a reality for you.

What is a fecal nightmare?

When you dream about cleaning up poop, it may mean that there is something bothering you that needs to be addressed. It could be a fear of dirt or germs, or it could be a feeling that you are not good enough and need to do better. Alternatively, the dream may simply reflect your feelings about bodily functions in general.

What does it mean when you dream about cleaning up poop?

When you dream about cleaning up poop, it could symbolize a need to take care of something or someone. This could be a reminder that you should clean up your act, or it could represent some unfinished business on your plate. Alternatively, this dream could reflect feelings of anxiety or guilt over something you’ve done. If the poop in your dream is dirty and stinky, then it may suggest that you have some unresolved issues with dirt and contamination.

How common are fecal nightmares?

According to the website Dreams.com, about one in five people experience fecal nightmares at least once in their lifetime. Fecal nightmares are generally characterized by the dreamer being confronted with feces or flatulence in some way and having to clean it up.

The website Sleepopolis reports that this type of dream is often linked to repressed anger or the fear of embarrassment. It’s also possible for the dreamer to feel overwhelmed by the task of cleaning up feces and to find it physically disgusting. Some people who have fecal nightmares say that they wake up feeling disgusted and exhausted.

What to do if you have a fecal nightmare

If you have a fecal nightmare, it means that you are experiencing some residual fear from earlier traumatic incidents involving poop. This is often the result of some distressing event from your childhood or early adulthood which has caused you to retain a negative association with feces. In order to overcome this fear and restore healthy sleep, there are a few things that you can do:

Work through any underlying emotional issues. This will help to reduce the amount of residual stress hormone in your body which can contribute to fecal nightmares.

Talk about the dream with someone else who can help contextualize it. This will help to reduce its impact on your overall sleep quality.

Create a positive dream context for fecal nightmares by imagining yourself doing something enjoyable and calming such as cleaning up vomit or taking care of a pet.


Dreams about cleaning up poop can be a sign that you are feeling overwhelmed and need to take some time for yourself. It may also be a reflection of how you are processing your emotions or the things that are going on in your life. If this is something that concerns you, talk to your therapist or counselor about it so that they can help you understand what the dream means and provide you with support as needed.

About the author

Ellie Barlow

Ellie Barlow

I am a hard worker with a passion for writing and editing. I have been working in the content marketing industry for several years and have gained a wealth of knowledge in this field. I am especially interested in science, history, and culture, and enjoy writing about these topics.

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