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13 Things Your Housecleaner Won’t Tell You

[slideshow] [slide title=”1. My best clients are people who work for their money, like teachers, bartenders, and cops. ” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-01-workers-sl.jpg”

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[slide title=”1. My best clients are people who work for their money, like teachers, bartenders, and cops. ” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-01-workers-sl.jpg” credit=”© Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Thinkstock” desc=”Rich people think they’re doing you a favor by allowing you to scrub their toilets. Working people understand you are doing them a service by making their lives easier.<div><br></div><div>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rd.com/home/more-things-your-housecleaner-wont-tell-you/">more secrets your housecleaner won’t tell you.</a></div>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”2. I wish you wouldn’t insist on bleach and other harsh cleaners. ” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-02-bleach-sl.jpg” credit=”© Hemera/Thinkstock” desc=”For almost every situation, there’s an eco-friendly option that’s just as effective.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”3. After I leave, check the base of the toilet and the top of the fridge. ” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-03-cleaning-toilet-sl.jpg” credit=”© Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Thinkstock” desc=”If they’re clean, you know I’m thorough.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”4. Many cleaning companies do not run any sort of background check or even check references.” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-04-circling-classified-ads-sl.jpg” credit=”© iStockphoto/Thinkstock” desc=”I answered an ad, I was on time and presentable, and I was willing to take the job. That is all most companies care about.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”5. Even though I smile and act interested, don’t use me as your therapist, gossip buddy, or friend.” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-05-cleaning-dishes-sl.jpg” credit=”© Photos.com/Thinkstock” desc=”Frankly, most of us have a lot less than you, and we can’t fathom why you’re complaining. Plus, you slow me down.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”6. Want to save money on high-priced maid services? ” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-06-mother-phone-sl.jpg” credit=”© Goodshoot/Thinkstock” desc=”Instead of booking a regular appointment, ask to be on our on-call list to fill last-minute slots at a discount. Or see if you can be a "training home" for new cleaners.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”7. If you use a service instead of an individual, ask for the same people every time.” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-07-housecleaner-sl.jpg” credit=”© Jupiterimages/Comstock/Thinkstock” desc=”Your cleanings will be more consistent, with fewer strangers in your home.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”8. When using a new maid service, leave a few dollars hanging out of a pants pocket or lying on the counter. ” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-08-money-pocket-sl.jpg” credit=”© Hemera/Thinkstock” desc=”If we take a dollar or two, you’ll know we’re probably going to take other things.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”9. Make sure we’re bonded and have liability insurance.” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-09-housecleaner-clients-sl.jpg” credit=”© Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Thinkstock” desc=”Otherwise, you’re on the hook if we break something or get hurt on the job.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”10. Pick your clothes up off the floor, get your dishes out of the sink, and clean up your kids’ toys.” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-10-mother-cleaning-toys-sl.jpg” credit=”© Hemera/Thinkstock” desc=”Your house will end up a lot cleaner.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”11. If you leave your personal life out for us to see, we most definitely will talk about you.” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-11-housecleaners-laughing-sl.jpg” credit=”© Comstock/Thinkstock” desc=”We may even send pictures to our friends and relatives.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”12. Recommend us to your friends.” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-12-friends-talking-sl.jpg” credit=”© Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Thinkstock” desc=”We may give you $25 to $50 off a cleaning for each referral — if you ask.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”13. If you don’t have a lot of cash, ask me to come for just one hour.” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/13-things-housecleaner-13-cleaning-kitchen-sl.jpg” credit=”© Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock” desc=”I can do just the bathrooms and the kitchen or only the areas guests will see.<br><br><i>Sources: Torrey Shannon, former maid service owner in Westcliffe, Colorado; Lynette Haugen, owner of True Blue Maids of Pasadena; Tangela Ekhoff, a housecleaner in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Theresa Peterson, owner of Quality Cleaning "Maid to Order" in Fremont, California; Dee Strickland, owner of A Zing Zap Cleaning Service in Minneola, Florida.</i><br><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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Originally Published in Reader's Digest