David Beckham reveals the one cleaning hack he MUST do before bed

‘It’s my pet hate’: David Beckham bemoans his ‘tiring and weird’ OCD tendencies – including the need to clean his CANDLES every night and militantly organise his Pepsi cans

David Beckham has revealed the cleaning hack he must do before bed – and admits ‘it’s weird’ – while also shedding light on his compulsive organisation. 

The footballer, 47, spoke about his lifelong struggle with OCD in his upcoming Netflix series, and detailed how he spends hours cleaning and tidying after his family have gone to bed as he ‘hates’ coming down to mess in the morning. 

One of his most intriguing habits is his attention to detail on his candles, as he follows the correct protocol for burning candles to militant precision. 

He explained what he does after burning candles: ‘It’s tiring going around every single candle cleaning it. I clip the candle wax, I clean the glass, that’s my pet hate, the smoke around the inside of a candle… I know, it’s weird.’

As well as his candles, David famously revealed that his is militant in the order he keeps his Pepsi cans in the fridge – with a need for symmetry being key.  

Keeping up: David Beckham has revealed the one cleaning hack he must do before bed – and admits ‘it’s weird’ 

House proud: The footballer, 47, spoke about his lifelong struggle with OCD in his upcoming Netflix series, and detailed how he spends hours cleaning and tidying after his family have gone to bed as he ‘hates’ coming down to mess in the morning 

A vision: Victoria is pictured in their home with candles on display at the table

The correct way to burn candles – often not followed by burners – is to trim the wick, let the wax melt all the way across an never blow-out unto the top layer of wax has burned the whole way across. 

His cans meanwhile must be even with labels pointing outwards. He revealed: ‘I’ll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there’s one too many then I’ll put it in another cupboard somewhere. I’ve got that problem…

‘I’ll go into a hotel room. Before I can relax I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect.’

He added he would ‘like to’ rid himself of OCD but that he ‘can’t stop’ his compulsive behaviour. 

Victoria has also previously commented on her husband’s behaviour. She said: ‘He’s got that obsessive-compulsive thing where everything has to match. If you open our fridge, it’s all coordinated down either side. 

‘We’ve got three fridges — food in one, salad in another and drinks in the third. In the drinks one, everything is symmetrical. If there’s three cans, he’ll throw one away because it has to be an even number.’ 

David will lay his lifelong OCD struggles bare in an upcoming Netflix series, which will reveal a pattern of compulsive behaviour which leaves him spending hours each night cleaning his home.

His brood: David, Victoria and their children live in a huge £25million mansion in Holland Park, London

Oh no! Victoria has previously given a peek into her bedroom – which was wholly untidy in the clip

Filmed by a camera crew in his kitchen, David explains: ‘I clean it so well, I’m not sure it’s actually appreciated so much by my wife, in all honesty.

‘The fact that when everyone’s in bed I then go around, clean the candles, turn the lights on to the right setting, make sure everywhere is tidy.

What is obsessive compulsive disorder?

Obsessive compulsive disorder, usually known as OCD, is a common mental health condition which makes people obsess over thoughts and develop behaviour they struggle to control.

It can affect anyone at any age but normally develops during young adulthood.

It can cause people to have repetitive unwanted or unpleasant thoughts.

People may also develop compulsive behaviour – a physical action or something mental – which they do over and over to try to relieve the obsessive thoughts.

The condition can be controlled and treatment usually involves psychological therapy or medication.  

It is not known why OCD occurs but risk factors include a family history of the condition, certain differences in brain chemicals, or big life events like childbirth or bereavement. 

People who are naturally tidy, methodical or anxious are also more likely to develop it.

Source: NHS 

‘I hate coming down in the morning and there’s cups and plates and, you know, bowls. It’s tiring going around every single candle cleaning it.

‘I clip the candle wax, I clean the glass, that’s my pet hate, the smoke around the inside of a candle… I know, it’s weird.’

The Beckhams live in a £25million mansion in Holland Park, London, which they purchased in 2013. The house has eight bathrooms, seven bedrooms and also comes with a gym and spa.

OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is a mental health condition that can affect anyone at any age. Sufferers typically develop obsessive thoughts and compulsions which have significant impacts on their daily life.

This can manifest in many ways including cleaning to a particular standard, body dysmorphia, compulsive skin picking and hoarding, mental health charity Mind says.

Victoria tells the crew, ‘He’s just so perfect,’ before telling David he is ‘appreciated’.

But he jokes to the production team, ‘Don’t believe that for a second. She sounds so sarcastic when she says it.’

It’s not the first time his wife has gushed over him in recent weeks. Earlier this month Victoria and David took a stroll along a beach in Miami and were filmed arm-in-arm, enjoying their trip. 

Alongside the heartwarming clip posted to her Instagram Stories, Victoria wrote: ‘I think I’ll keep him’. 

Last July, Netflix confirmed a docuseries starring the sportsman was in the works, following reports he had signed a £16m deal with the streaming giant.

David will expose his humble working class beginnings in East London, and the drive and determination that led him to become one of the most recognisable and scrutinised athletes of all time in the new programme.

It will feature a mixture of never-before-seen personal archive footage from the last forty years as well as interviews with David himself, his family and friends, and key figures who have been part of his journey both on and off the pitch.

Here she is: Victoria poses in the couple’s tidy home, which has eight bedrooms and a spa

The project is helmed by Academy Award-winner Fisher Stevens who serves as director and executive producer, along with Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producer John Battsek.

David is producing the project with his TV company Studio 99, which launched in 2019, in association with Ventureland.

The ex-Manchester United player wrote in an Instagram post: ‘I’m excited to confirm that I am partnering with @Netflix on a documentary series about my life and career.

‘The series will feature unseen archive, untold stories as well as interviews with the people who have been a part of my journey.

‘The series is directed and produced by Academy Award winners @fisherstevens and John Battsek. Watch this space… @studio99.’

He was reportedly inspired by the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, which began streaming on the platform in 2020.

Beckham has spoken openly about his struggles with OCD for two decades.

As early as 2006, he told the Daily Mail how he would count clothes and place magazines in straight lines and symmetrical patterns. And he added that one of the reasons why he keeps having tattoos is that he is addicted to the pain of the needle.

Beckham said: ‘I have got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs.’

Couple: In new footage, he admits the condition forces him to clean his used candles every day – and he even gives Victoria, 49, a telling off for leaving the salt out at one point

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