It’s official: Pocatello is the dirtiest city in the nation

3 Nov

A photo of what would like us to buy to not end up as the nation's dirtiest city. The real question is why we need Doritos to be clean. (photo via

Oh, you dirty bastards. You FILTHY, GRUNGY people. That’s right, according to, an “online marketplace for household essentials,” we, Pocatello, are the dirtiest city in the entire country. Congrats, everyone, we did it! How exactly did this determine which cities are clean and which are dirty? Well, that’s the tricky part right there.

According the website, the rankings were determined by how much cities spend, on average, on household cleaning supplies. While the number one city, Knoxville, Tenn., spends an average of $66.95, Pocatello spends about $9.88. The next dirtiest cities spend at least $12 each.

So all this ranking really shows is that we spend the least on things like Tide®, Cascade® or Lysol®. So if anything, Pocatello cleans with commercial cleaners the least. Now, of course this could mean that we really are dirty (I don’t want to talk about when I cleaned my kitchen floor last), but it could also mean that we’re just more into alternative, homemade cleaning methods.

For example, mixing equal parts white vinegar and water makes a great all-purpose cleaner! Sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge can clean that grime right off your tub or sink! But I don’t need to tell you Pocatellans about this, because you CLEARLY already make your own cleaning supplies, leading to our city’s ranking as the dirtiest in the country, right? Right?? Right.

What do you guys think? Are we really the dirtiest? Are we just the most frugal? Is just on a vicious smear campaign against Pocatello? Let us know in the comments.


7 Responses to “It’s official: Pocatello is the dirtiest city in the nation”

  1. John 11/03/2011 at 10:39 am #

    Correlation does not mean causation. High school is kind of neat sometimes, with that whole learning thing.

  2. Janeille 11/03/2011 at 10:46 am #

    What a rude & narrow label! The dirtiest city? I wonder what they classify all the chemical residue left in the “clean” cities as? Not to mention all the trashy packaging! Hmm, I think I’ll stick with my dirty friends, in our dirty homes, in our dirty little city! Clearly we must be on to something, as hygiene related illness hasn’t killed us all off!

  3. Alexander Hawkins 11/03/2011 at 11:05 am #

    I was born and raised in the Vegas valley and I’ve been delighted with how clean this city is: how devoid of glass, gum, grunge, and garbage the surrounding area is. Its nice to not walk down a city street and have it smell like a grocery store dumpster. The methods of measurement are obviously inadequate and certainly not scientific or scholarly.

  4. Emily Anne 11/03/2011 at 11:14 am #

    Most of my friends and I use ingredients to make homemade cleaners. It gets the cleaning job done cheap, AND works better than industrial chemicals. I know a lot of people that make their own laundry detergent (I haven’t tried that one yet). Supposedly for about $7 you can make enough detergent to last at least three months! I wonder if the cleaning supply industry is trying to make an example of us that live in Pocatello, because they want don’t want people to realize that “going green” and making your own cleaners is much cheaper!

  5. Mark Nye 11/03/2011 at 8:07 pm #

    Alice really must live in wonderland.

  6. Travis Turnblad 11/03/2011 at 11:11 pm #

    It’s been pretty well known for a number of years (at least throughout my lifetime) that Pocatello is a dump. No way to ‘stop the beat’ on this one.

  7. Vallie Rego 12/03/2012 at 12:58 am #

    Cleaning supplies are really cheap on the internet.-

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