How do you say CLEAN in Italian?

Clean in Italian

Pulito

Pulito is how you say clean in Italian.

OriginFrom the Latin word polire, “to polish, to clean”
Pronunciation/puˈliːto/

Pulito
Clean


Clean in Italian: Different forms

Like all other adjectives in Italian, pulito needs to match the gender (masculine or feminine) and the number (singular or plural) of the noun.

SingularPlural
MasculinePulitoPuliti
FemininePulitaPulite
woman who has just finished cleaning the floor

Clean in Italian: Examples

Mia figlia tiene sempre pulita la sua cameretta.
My little sisters are a bit lazy.

Luca indossa sempre abiti puliti quando esce.
Luca always wears clean clothes when he goes out.

Alessandro mantiene pulito il suo giardino.
Alessandro keeps his garden clean.

Le finestre sono pulite.
The windows are clean.

woman airing the room

Pulito is related to pulizia, “cleanliness” or “cleaning”. There are two common expressions with it: pulizie di primavera (spring cleaning) and donna delle pulizie (cleaning lady). For example, you can say:

Mi sono presa una giornata libera per le pulizie di primavera.
I took a day off for spring cleaning.

C’è molta polvere in casa. Dovrei assumere una donna delle pulizie.
There is a lot of dust in the house. I should hire a cleaning lady.

There are a number of synonyms for clean in Italian you can use instead of pulito. The most common are…

Lindo
Clean (more formal)

Terso
Clear, clean (especially for talking about the sky)

Depending on context, clean can also be translated as sereno (calm, clear, serene) or even onesto (honest). For example, you can say…

Il cielo era terso e spirava una debole brezza.
The sky was clear and a faint breeze was blowing.

Paolo si è ritrovato coinvolto in affari poco puliti.
Paul found himself involved in murky (lit. not much clean) dealings.

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