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How important is it to purchase your own cleaning supplies and equipment?

I have only been a housekeeper since October 2017. Prior to that I went to college to study legal assistant studies, then found a job with security companies working as a dispatcher and as a customer service representative. I also worked briefly at the 911 center as a dispatcher. I joined the Navy in 2thousand 12, but receive the medical discharge after I began having seizures. It’s been five years since my last seizure, they are controlled by medication. I was advised by my doctors to find a career that would be less stressful and less likely to induce migraines and seizures. Since working as a housekeeper at a college, I truly enjoyed my work for the first time maybe ever. I love the orderliness, the organization, the routine, the solitude, the satisfaction that comes from a job well done. I enjoy my job immensely. However, I only make $9.50 an hour, which is not enough to live on. So I’m looking to pick up housekeeping positions in private homes during the day to supplement my income. At this point, I cannot afford to purchase all of the cleaning supplies and equipment that I would meet. Will this keep me from finding private housekeeping jobs?

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Hi, most jobs want you to have your own cleaning supplies and equipment. you might want to check the dollars to purchase cleaning supplies such as the family dollar, dollar general, and dollar tree. also, you might find a cheap vacuum from Walmart or Target for $50 to $90. However, there are companies you can work for like Merry Maids, Clean Sweep Chicago and etc that will provide you the cleaning supplies and equipment. Hope this helps!

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I believe it is important to have your own cleaning supplies. I have worked at vacation homes where there weren't any supplies except laundry detergent and then I worked at regular homes where the clients supplied me with specific cleaners to use. Also I feel as though my cleaning supplies are an extension of me, I feel more comfortable using them than someone else's stuff.

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No, some customer prefer for you to use their supplies and equipment

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User in Humble, TX
July 31, 2018

It is 50/50 with clients , some provide and some require you bring some. If your only making 9.50 an hour you should change your rates and also add on $15 to the rate for products . Make it known you are dong this because you love it and not for the money ,but you do need to provide for yourself and so you can be ripped off with low rates . also make it known you are driving to them , gas ,mileage and products . i never do less then $13 an hour but i usually make it a flat fair rate . 3 hours usually for $60. i had one guy pay me $60 for 1 1/2 hour of work every other week . DO not stress yourself and work hard an not get rewarded for it .

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I think the customer should provide their own cleaning products that way there cannot be any confusion as to what they want used in their home, or even just prefer and if you use your own vacume all the time it wont last long! simple enough.

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Wendy in La Habra, CA
July 31, 2018

I have found it very important to purchase my own cleaning supplies and equipment. The family"s that want to hire you like when you can supply all that is needed to get the job done,

Gelia in Willis, VA
Aug. 20, 2018

We have always provided all the cleaning supplies needed.

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When I first began cleaning back in November of 2017 I had $50 worth of supplies. Clorox Wipes, Goo Gone, Paper Towels, a scrub brush, dish soap... and that honestly could have been it. I started out charging $15 per hour to allow myself to build a reputation before bumping it up to $25 per hour for a first time clean and then $20 per hour on normal cleans. Anyway, to answer your question, don't worry about getting a fancy vacuum (I now own the NV752, which is currently $290 originally $400) or anything else like that right away. However, having your own supplies does allow you to charge more and it is amazing to have top quality supplies to work with! It will speed up your clean time by a lot. My recommendation is to buy Barkeeper's Friend, vinegar and baking soda right now. All three of these are less than $10 but they'll so save your butt! Vinegar is a miracle worker in showers with a ton of soap scum build up.

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It sure does help. It's good to invest into these things even if it is a little at a time!

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I use my own equipment so that I know it is in good working order and am familiar with its capabilities.

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I like having my own cleaning supplies and equipment because certain products are better than other products.

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Melissa in Perry, GA
Sept. 1, 2018

I feel it's very important to provide my own cleaning supplies so that the home owner doesn't have to worry with the hassle of keeping cleaning solutions/supplies in stock since most are busy with everyday life and have enough to worry about which is why one might need a person to come in and clean their home to begin with. Also, I know what works and what doesn't since I use these supplies regularly. It's just more convenient in my opinion and shows that I'm serious about providing my best service when I have everything I need in order to do my best job possible.

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I believe a housekeeper with their own supply ready stock of cleaning supplies & equipment benefits both the housekeeper, as well as the employer. I find it to be time and cost saving too. Starting off can be costly at first, so I recommend in the beginning a housekeeper should have in supply a vacumn, broom/swifter, dust pan, mop & bucket and cleaning chemicals & cloths, as well as keeping a record of how much is spent. Once a regular client has been established then the housekeeper can go out after earning more funds and purchase additional cleaning supplies at the client s preferences, if possible. Points to remember: 1. Purchase only cleaning products you have used & know work well and expect to use often. 2. Keep your expenses low at first and try not to exceed your budget. (Not all products that cost more are best. 3. Damages to the property of others can end up costing you more & even worse result in you losing your job, so when in doubt, stick to using only products you have tried and know work well.

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Nancy in Sherwood, OR
Jan. 24, 2019

It should not deter you from finding work, however it does help to have most of the cleaning necessary as most family's prefer the cleaner to supply them. Until you can provide your own supplies it may be more difficult to find jobs, but it may not hurt to ask what they may need. Start a small supply of items and let them know as you continue to grow you will be able to provide the supplies. Once you are able to have all cleaning supplies provided you will be able to ask or look for the more higher paying jobs! Good luck.

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Honesty is the best policy. If I didnt have the money for supplies I would inform them of this and will tell them after getting more money for cleaning supplies and or equipment that I would be happy to get them and bring them to work from then on. Most polite and understanding individuals would allow you to do this.

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usually the professional cleaners will know to guide you better about what products should be used in your home, analyzing the type of furniture, the floor, and furniture in general

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Laticia in Deland, FL
Jan. 22, 2019

Hi! I am glad you find happiness in your work and happy you are in better health because of it. I think that it would be a benefit to have your own supplies but it shouldn't be a deal breaker. It always made me wonder how anyone ever did anything in their home before they hired someone if they don't at least have the basic cleaning supplies. Be honest and upfront with potential employers and let them know you will provide supplies when you have worked with them for certain period of tie. Just a thought. If you are here on Care.com you can apply apply for positions that do not require you provide supplies. Good luck with your endeavors! :)

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No but it helps to have all of the necessary supplies. Big Lots has decent prices as well as discount stores that are in a lot of areas. Jet.com also has a lot of cleaning stuff on sale most of the time.

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No, some employers are often willing to provide their own cleaning supplies. (As some have a preference for what cleaning supplies they would like to use.) Most will specify in the listing whether you need to provide your own or not.

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I don't think it is absolutely necessary, but it sholuld be worked out with the patron.They may have specific products they want to use.

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It is very important in the case that the home owner have preferences due to health conditions. if not the cleaner can just bring their products which should be safe for everyone including pets.

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Hi there, most homes prefer to purchase their own supplies because it's cheaper for them to do so in the long run. However, the have the hassle of always having to get it for you when you are running low/run out. If you are just starting out, I would hold off on it and just give your customers a list of supplies you like to use to clean so you can do the best job possible for them Hope this helps! :)

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No, but once established I would work on getting your own supplies so you have a better chance in getting more clients. Their are still people out their that does not require you to have your own. Just be patient.

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Like a private home cleaning job told me, always use their products because if you use something that scratches there furniture than you're trouble by them. Their cleaning products will do just fine. always tell them that too

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housekeeping can be a very stress full job I like to use my own equipment because I am familiar with them, I always ask if they have allergies to anything.

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I do find that personally, I like to have my own equipment, but a lot of families are willing to supply. Some do prefer that you have your own, but i think if you speak with them about giving you some time to save your money and buy your own down the line, many families are willing to help!

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I like to have the basics with me excluding equipment unless they do not have, however if they require a specific cleaning product then i feel they should provide it or reimburse you.

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Take Great Care in buying your own supplies and bringing your own equipment. Be savvy to charge for your cleaning solutions and equipment in your wages.I found out the hard way some of my clients were allergic to citrus, so lemon ammonia or lemon scented products or even products containing oranges in them were unusable. AND THEN I had a client who could not have bleach or pine sol, or pine oil soap. Some clients want me to bring a specific cleaner with a specific scent but not raise my wages to pay for it. I was using lemon or unscented ammonia because it is very effective and really cheap. It could slow you down from getting house keeping jobs, but there are jobs out there you can get that do not require all this cleaners and equipment. Build your stock and equipment supply first so you have your cleaning supply's. AND keep your receipts and not just for tax. You want to estimate how much or many supplies you are using per client. As for equipment, I do not like taking mops and brooms from house to house. I am just not comfortable with that. I sanitize them before I leave the home I am cleaning. If you buy a vacuum cleaner, buy a good one with a warranty or buy a warranty and find a shop that will clean it once in a while. Do not use it in your home.

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you can look for positions that supply the equipment and supplies. Some people want you to use their cleaning supplies and equipment because they want to use specific products or they don't want anything brought into their house. Just search for jobs that offer using their supplies.

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This should not effect finding your jobs, I like to always ask what they like to use and its normally a little cheaper rate. The way I have experience and seen is that people like different products or are allergic to certain smells. Just be up front on what their limits and restrictions are.

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Good afternoon, If you are looking for a second job, you can contact Emerald Cleaning Service located in Wake Forest NC. I believe that most homeowners prefer for the housekeeper to bring all the supplies because they are paying you to clean their home and it won't be an added expense.

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I've done both - they supply and I supply. I charge enough to justify both my travel time and gas and whatever cleaning supplies I use that I purchase, wear and tear on my vac and electric mop and the cost of washing the cleaning cloths and towels I bring to the job. The more expenses you have, the more you need to charge. Also, if you have liability insurance and pay your own taxes, that's an added expense. Good luck.

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I always purchase my own supplies unless client has their own stuff they want used. I think it looks better to come prepared. Even if you're not lol I've been doing this for 8+ yrs but at first, it's easiest to just keep the "fake it till you make it" attitude

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Diana in Houston, TX
Nov. 28, 2018

not at all there"s home that allow you to use their cleaning products and if you like to go independent to a private homes to start you can used a second hand vaccum cleaner after some time you can buy a neww one

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I always have my cleaning products, I show them what I use and if they want different chemicals they will provide. I do not provide a vacuum cleaner as to not take DNA from house to house. I keep it simple.

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Stacie in Garland, TX
Nov. 14, 2018

Very important. You want them to know that you are legitimate.

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I spent one summer doing turn-overs and I learned a lot! Worst experience of my life, relying on what was in the cottages! If you're serious about being a housekeeper, definitely bring your own products and appliances! It makes a difference because you will choose the vacuum that is easiest for you to handle, the type of mop you're comfortable with and choose cleaners that you know will work well and make your job easier. It doesn't just benefit your clients, it benefits you! You're the one who will be using them. If you can't afford them right away, just work your way up to it - but eventually you'll get to a place where the level of frustration will justify the investment.

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Dana in Meridian, ID
Nov. 13, 2018

Have you ever tried shopping at the dollar store, you would be amazed at the cleaning product line they carry It's amszing andcall for one dollar each.

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User in Hesperia, CA
Nov. 10, 2018

I always have cleaning supply's on hand just in case they don't have what it takes to get the job done

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I find that I work quicker and more efficiently using my own products and equipment...however most everyone already has cleaning stuff in their homes...or at least they should. One of my clients I had to get a new toilet bowl brush for...cheap remedy. But all of it isn't necessary. You can however pick up a very cheap caddy at a thrift store. And then head to dollar tree to get scrubbers, windex, pinsol, microfiber towels, toilet bowl cleaner, even comet and floor cleaners. The equipment part is trickier. I found the ocedar spin mop and bucket at Walmart for around $30 and my first one lasted 2 years with almost daily use. I love it. You can buy replacement mop heads for around $7 and run them through the wash on hot with bleach. And an ocedar broom works great as well. The vacuum? Use the clients until you can invest in a good one. I explain, not that their house is this way, but I do not like taking a vacuum from one client to the next because you never know for sanitary reasons what you are taking with you. I do empty it after each client just not doing a thorough wash.

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I like to use my own supplies, notfor charge. Is for more faster.

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Very important. Some families want you to bring your own supplies and equipment.

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Look for housekeeping jobs that provide their own equipment and supplies and you will do fine!

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Tina in Roxboro, NC
Nov. 2, 2018

To me, most of the customers want you to have your own cleaning supplies, so I think it is very important to have your own, just in case you get to a house and they have none. You want to make sure your job is done to please the customer.

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Greetings: I am a reliable, caring and dependable person. My experience includes former Maid Pro; Elem. Teacher; Office Mngr; Receptionist; Retail Specialist and Admin. Asst, and Marketing. I raised two children who are now grown and doing exceptionally well in addition to taking care of my parents. I am well rounded in experience in caring for my loved ones, children and adults, including seniors. I hope you will consider me and I look forward to us meeting. Thank you.

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User in Danbury, CT
Oct. 25, 2018

The job will be so efficiently with the known products and use to equipment.

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Ive been doing private housecleaning for over 5 years and 90% of the families have their own products they want you to use. During the interview ask them, be upfront. It is THEIR house you are cleaning, not really your responsibility to bring everything. If they ask you to bring your own materials, add a few dollars per hour to make up the difference...but let them know. Best of luck you got this!

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some people want you to have your own supplies and equipment, I do believe there are those that want you to use theirs.

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Knowing your products gives you the security and efficiency of getting a good cleaning. I think if you know your cleaning equipment the work will run faster.

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No. You can find job postings that don't require you to bring your own supplies. It can become costly because some people only prefer household products/organic cleaners to clean their homes. If you prefer, you can buy these products but give the employer the receipt for the cost of these items.

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When I first began house cleaning chemicals would make me feel sick. Always bring gloves just incase someone doesn't have them. Certain house hold cleaning tools like vacuums, toilet wand, and rags should be at the home. If people are not living where you clean always make sure that you ask ahead of time what to bring. It never hurts to ask before showing up for a job. Being prepared makes it easier on both parties.

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You could check online for bulk products or concentrated solutions that you are able to put in (labeled) spray bottles. Check labels for "ingredients" some high end products have the exact make up of dollar store cleaning supplies, I would definitely recommend to start at your local $1 store and check out the cleaning section, gloves, brooms, bleach, antibacterials etc. if your clients are specific about products that are environmentally friendly or all natural, you could start with just a basic cleaner and go from there, but don't forget that if the client prefers products that cost YOU more money, add a $10 fee for special services.

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Troy in Elwood, IN
Oct. 14, 2018

Very Important, EVERY independent contractor has there own bag of tools and supplies.

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No. Most private cleaning jobs want you to use their supplies. Just remind them that they really wouldnt want you to use supplies or equipment such as vacuum cleaners that were used in another persons home? Cross contamination. Plus cleaning supplies are only $1.00 each at the dollar store? You can also just use bleach and ammonia based cleaners? Also charge a flat rate not an hourly rate?

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No, if you can go to a sams club or wholesale club to buy supplies in bulk. Or you can make your own cleaning supplies that are natural and cheaper. I am sorry to hear about you having seizures, my daughter just turned 26 and started having them all of a sudden and we found out she is epileptic. I have been in the house cleaning industry since 2001 and love the cleaning. Look up natural cleaning supplies and recipes. For example: The best multi-purpose cleaning solution you can make is a mix of: vinegar, water, a little dish detergent, and/or essential oil of choice

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Terri in Bokeelia, FL
Oct. 12, 2018

I don't have issues with purchasing my own cleaning supplies and equipment. I am use to having all my cleaning items.

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Many customers will leave products and cleaning equipment.

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User in Owasso, OK
Oct. 8, 2018

Not necessarily but I have noticed that everybody wants you to supply everything. There are those that want their own products used. I would look for them. You can always ask if they have their own supplies and explain your position as to why they need to, in the beginning, supply the household.

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no it wont just look for jobs that are not requiring you to bring your own cleaning supplies and when you can afford to get cleaning supplies charge the people more.

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First off, you should be charging $15.00 /hr. minimum. Tell the client you do not provide supplies. If it's a problem,and they insist, charge them $20.00/hr.

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no, but a lot of people do prefer having your own maybe if you got the things you could and after finding more jobs save up and just keep buying as you go

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User in Denver, CO
Sept. 27, 2018

Cleaning supplies cost money. However, I prefer all natural cleaners and my clients usually don't mind paying me a little extra just to have me carry cleaners with me. Check the law in your area but an independent contractor usually brings their own supplies and a house employee is usually provided cleaning products. This becomes important at tax time when you are trying to figure out how your income is going to be listed on your and your employers taxes.

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Nola in Tyler, TX
Sept. 26, 2018

I would suggest you look for a cleaning job that clients provide the cleaning supplies; however, I suggest that you buy an a couple of cleaning supplies each time you get paid. Before you know it, you would have all supplies you need. This would help you get more cleaning jobs and maybe better paying jobs. Not only that but you also know what cleaning supplies you need to do your job good.

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No. Most of my clients uses their own products, specially vacuum. I personally have my own vacuum but i don't like and don't use on anybody's house doesn't matter how clean their houses are. You won't have time to use and sanitize every time going houses to houses. That's my opinion and all my clients agreed and they have their own.

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Elaine in Honolulu, HI
Sept. 20, 2018

I don't think it will hinder you finding housekeeping jobs if you just can't afford it at this time . But on the other hand it couldn't hurt to have these cleaning products and equipment avaialable when you can. I know exactly what you are saying and can relate to every aspect of your problem. My sugggestion is to start slowly so as not to affect your budget but still won't hinder your emotional well being. Purchase a few things at a time when items go on sale and store them for future use. Regarding equipment which can be pricey if you don't own your own, I would definitely search for used ones in good condition, commmunities that sell unwanted items online, wholesale outlets or your local classified ads. I know it can be overwhelming but if you take it slow and just do your best I know you'll be able to acquire what you need if you want to. I hope this helps you and that you can rest assured that there are many families that don't require you have your own supplies and equipment that do need your cleaning skills along with your reliability and dependability plus your " CLEAN - ABILITY " demeanor. Good luck to you in your search, I know you'll find what you want and need! Best always, Elaine S. @ Care.com

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Sue in Fort Wayne, IN
Sept. 20, 2018

Your client will decide what their preference is. Look for jobs that prefer to use their own supplies. Over time try to add supplies to your cleaning inventory to broaden your client possibilities.

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Not necessarily. If you're cleaning homes, odds are they already have cleaning supplies and equipment. If you do have to purchase some cleaning supplies, I suggest hitting up your local Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Family Dollar. They usually have name brand cleaners at cheaper rates. Also, look on Pinterest for DIY cleaning solutions, which are usually better for you (no harsh chemicals), better for the environment (most of them are "green" friendly) and better for your clients (again, no harsh chemicals and little to no worry about young hands getting into them). As for equipment, check out your local thrift stores, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, LetGo, OfferUp, Goodwill, Salvation Army and garage sales. You can usually find vacuum cleaners, floor steamers and even carpet cleaners at very cheap prices, and if they break, you're not out a lot of money and you can pick up another one.

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Nicole in Pinckney, MI
Sept. 19, 2018

A lot of families do like a housekeeper that can provide their own cleaning supplies, start small with just the basic necessities until you're able to grow your supplies.

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User in Algonquin, IL
Sept. 19, 2018

No it will not. Some families do provide equipment and supplies. But with this, keep in mind your hourly rate will need to be a bit lower. BUT it is a way to start and grow your own business!! A stepping stone as they say!

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Desiree in Show Low, AZ
Sept. 18, 2018

I don't think so, if you have to bring your own supplies; let them know that you have to charge more.

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James in Ann Arbor, MI
Sept. 18, 2018

if you in business to clean some house you should bring own supples if customer what it that way

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Pamela in Tyler, TX
Sept. 17, 2018

I'm not sure where you live but there has to be a Dollar Tree somewhere. Only purchase products that are affordable and that get the job done. Check out some youtube videos that give cleaning advice on how to cut corners without sacrificing the quality of work you do. There are some basic products out there that don't cost an arm and a leg. For example: baking soda, vinegar, toothpaste, newspaper instead of paper towels. Sometimes you can buy in bulk or larger quantities and that will save you time and money in the long run. Perhaps in your profile you should mention that you charge more if you are required to bring your own supplies. Hope this helps.

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User in Lakeland, FL
Sept. 16, 2018

NOt necessarily, when you apply ask most have vaccumms and mops and if money is tight shop at the dollar store for products.

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A big pack of microfiber cloths from Sam's Club is $15 (for 24-36 cloths) and All Purpose-All Natural Spray is $4. Start with that and buy more "supplies" as you start making more money and getting more clients. I feel like people are more wiling to pay more $$ if you have all the supplies and treat their experience as if you are working for a professional cleaning service.

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Most homes have vacuums & brooms. Cleaning supplies do not have to be expensive, Windex, Comet, Murphy's Oil Soap, Mop, Paper towels and a package of white washcloths which can be washed and bleached.

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Jeff in Deland, FL
Sept. 13, 2018

Hi, the only thing you have to do is to change the rate in your profile, put it for at least $10/hr you deserve better than that.

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Rhonda in Byron, CA
Sept. 12, 2018

I haven't found it too important. That would have to reflect payment

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No. Most homes provide their own cleaning supplies. A few will ask you to provide them, but you can start with basics under $10. Charge $20 an hour for private homes (don't be shy about it , this is the going rate), then slowly build yourself a cleaning kit, but you won't need it often.

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Working with house cleaning is not an easy job, I have worked for more than 10 years in the area, but the good thing is that you can make your own schedule and choose the houses, cities and people you want to work with. And it is very good because we have that direct contact with families, different people, I love. As for not being able to buy the cleaning materials, many families offer the material itself, and over time you will be buying what pleases you the most. I hope I've helped.

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most people like to use their own products

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No it won't keep you from finding private housekeeping jobs because if you want something you'll find a way to make it happen.

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Very important

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Hi! I believe It want Most clients prefer that you use they own vacuum and mops due to the fact of cross contamination from other individuals house. When you put yourself out there just let them know you prefer that they provide they own vacuum and cleaning products also a lot of people are using these organic products that it's a MUST that they provide due tot he fact hey have pets and all that so they don't want all the mixer of chemicals and they also have allergy issues so try letting them know in this way. I hope this post helps you and good Luck!!:)

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Donna in Denison, TX
Sept. 1, 2018

Hi Clint! I noticed your posting was still up, so just wondering if you are still needing someone? I am available as early as 9/2 and I have various openings sporadically thereafter. I am running a September special because I am new here, this is my only means of income (currently looking for a job, no luck yet) and I am trying to build my customer base. I am thorough, do a good job and I have always had happy customers! Please consider me for your cleaning needs! Message me here, I try to return responses quickly, generally within a couple of days. Hope to hear from you! Thank you in advance! Donna

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Cassie in Concord, VA
Sept. 1, 2018

Hello. I have always found jobs to where the owner supplied the equipment for sure and most supplies. I tend to have personal favorites that I bring myself. I think that if you communicate with the homeowner, they'd be willing to work with you on what you can bring and what you need them to supply. Good Luck!

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It is very important to purchase your own cleaning supplies and equipment. What could be done is that you could allow yourself however enough time you need to try to purchase the supplies then when accomplished, apply for the jobs. It's always good to have friends that might loan the money to get supplies or that might can contribute supplies to help.

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Jackie in Eldred, NY
Sept. 1, 2018

Hello! I've been doing this for about 4 years now and I can tell you that its not super important to purchase your own supplies. You'll get more houses if you do, but it's not the end of the world if you don't. Most people have cleaning supplies that they will be happy for you to use. Also, if you are interested look up cleaning supply recipes and make your own. My cleaning services is an all natural and non-toxic one so I tend to make a lot of my own cleaning supplies and it's not hard at all and cheaper! Everyone that I clean homes for LOVES my cleaning supplies and loves how good their home smells. I use essential oils to fragrant mine. I hope this helps!

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I don't believe this will keep you from finding private housekeeping jobs, be sure to just put that information in your profile. Some people do have a preference as to what is used in their homes for cleaning so they may even request that you use products they buy. Give it a try and see what happens. Good luck!

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Alison in Canaan, CT
Aug. 31, 2018

No, it is not. Most people buy their own chemicals and cleaning supplies.

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It shouldn't. Some clients provide supplies and some dont. If you wont be providing supplies tell the client up front and also figure that into what they will pay you. Your pay will decrease by not providing supplies since the clients will pay for their own supplies.

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Purchasing your own cleaning supplies, is typically just a selling point to private housekeeping jobs. I work in the industry where we employ housekeepers for vacation rental homes. For this industry, our housekeepers average $20 an hour. There are local hospitals and private homes and hotels that start at $15 an hour. I would highly suggest raising your rates. I would also suggest that you advertise that there are some cleaning and organizing tasks that are additional in price. People will pay for quality and that doesn't always mean that quantity is included.

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I do bring my own cleaning supplies,which so far most of my clients love the products I use. I don't usually bring my own vacuum cleaner,as sometimes people who have or had pets in their home(or previous tenants before them had pets there) the urine& feces odor is difficult to get out of a vacuum cleaner.You will have to take the vacuum cleaner apart to attempt to clean all the internal parts, and you may have trouble getting it back together the way it was. Not to mention,every time you unscrew the screws from a vacuum, and put them back on,the heads on the screws start to chew up, to where they wear out. It's a good idea to have extra screws the same exact size in case this does happen. It's just easier to make the homeowner provide their own vacuum cleaner. Also, using your vacuum cleaner at a client's home that had pets, and then you use that vacuum at your own home where you have pets can make your own cat or dog mark their territory. They will pick up the scent from the odors on the carpet from the vacuum.Some people will ask that a housekeeper provide a vacuum cleaner,as they don't want to spend money on one. Why should you have to lug your own vacuum with all your other cleaning supplies to their home. Unless you have a specific vacuum that you take to client's homes to use when needed,it can be a waste of time. Even then, some client's may not want you to bring your vacuum if you used it a home with other pets, for the same reason I mentioned before with their pets wanting to mark their territory. It would be different if the house were empty because it's going on the market, and the homeowner does not have their vacuum locally available.

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Absolutely not! Most jobs will supply their own supplies and vacuum, mops, etc. I find that the ones that do like you to bring your own supplies are generally looking only for you to bring cleaning supplies which you can purchase at the Dollar Store initially if things are really tight. Then, when you get paid you can either buy more at Walmart/Target/FamilyDollar/FamilyGeneral or possibly even explain your financial situation to the homeowner and a lot of them are happy to reimburse for the products (as long as you leave them at their house). Also, check out your local online classified or yard sales for vacuums... you can find some great deal!

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Keep it simple! All homes have their own mop, bucket, vacuum and supplies. You need to explain this up front and just be honest. I personally like using my own stuff because I get into a routine, I know my products, I don't have to use less than premium supplies that work me even harder, or read directions. You would be surprised at how little you actually need. Best wishes!

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Martha in Dedham, MA
Aug. 28, 2018

NO I DO NOT BELIEVE IT WILL ,BUT YOU HAVE TO MAKE CLEAR TO WHO EVER EMPLOYS YOU THAT THEY MUST SUPPLY THE CLEANING SUPPLIES , FOR YOUR SERVICES THIS WILL AVOID ANY MISUNDERSTANDING GOING FORWARD

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Kathryn
Aug. 27, 2018

I use what the homeowner has on-site- as long as they are organic cleaning products. Apply to jobs that do not require you to furnish the cleaning supplies...they are out there.

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Lisa in Horton, MI
Aug. 27, 2018

No it won't. I have a dozen or so customers and I am not expected to bring my own cleaning supplies to work.

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Since working as a housekeeper at a college, I truly enjoyed my work for the first time maybe ever. I love the orderliness, the organization, the routine, the solitude, the satisfaction that comes from a job well done. THANK YOU for sharing this part. Long story and won't share here, but thank you. Having your own equipment is beneficial, but some homeowners may want you to use their supplies because they have a preference on what is used in their home. All negotiable in my opinion if you do a great job.

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Ho! there. First of all you need to charge more number one and if you want to buy your own equipment there is no the difference. I prefer whwn they provide everithing why? because you do not have to carrie the heavy vacuum, tools and cleaners supplies so it is easier for you just came by and clean no to much stress good luck

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Nicole in Buffalo, NY
Aug. 25, 2018

I do NOT purchase cleaning supplies. Everyone likes different products used in their homes. Also it's very nasty to use the same mop, broom, vacuum, and rages from one house to another - and this is exactly what I tell my people too. I find a lot of people are very particular in eco/organic/pet friendly supplies. Here is a real life thing - One time I found an old cleaning supply spray from my client's prior cleaning lady and there was really mold in it!!!!! I also tell my clients this when they ask about the supplies.

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I like to purchase my own supplies (unless other wise requested) because i know what works best to clean certain things like stainless steel cleaner... you cant just clean it with anything i have a proven method that works.

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No, not necessarily. I've found that most provide their own cleaning supplies. The great thing about Care.com is the clients & you can specify in your search whether cleaning supplies will or will not be provided with each specific job. Just make sure it is clarified beforehand, I did a job when I first started out where it was never discussed- I got to the client's house & it was "assumed" I would bring everything I needed. I didn't bring supplies but fortunately the client was very understanding of my oversight & I made due with the few things she had on hand. Lesson learned! Best of luck in finding jobs!

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Strong hard Worker !! I take pride in everything I do. Very reliable. 5+years experiences. Very out going easy to get along with.

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If you want to be an independent cleaner, who is ready for any job having your own supplies is a must. nothing fancy, just enough to get the job done right.

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Hi I have been a housekeeper for a very long time and prior to that I went to work for some one else and now im back into house cleaning again... I like what I do and get to meet great people at there homes.

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I have been house cleaning just about all of my life and I am very neat person like too keep things in order.

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Sherry in Dunbar, PA
Aug. 23, 2018

I don't think you need to buy equipment. I tell my clients that I would never let someone bring a vacuum into my home because if the home I used it in prior has flies, bedbugs etc, I could carry them into there home. The only supplies I have purchased are microfiber cloths.

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User in Charlotte, NC
Aug. 23, 2018

To answer your question about the Need to Provide your own cleaning supplies: No, it's not necessary, nor is it usually expected. However, there are certain favorite cleaning supplies that I've worked with for Many years. I've been a professional House Manager for large multiple Estates and have managed housekeepers for over 10 years. If you are unable to provide your own supplies, there's nothing wrong with making a List of best/favorite supplies and giving that list to your client to purchase, or ask if they'd like you to purchase for them (provided they reimburse you for them). Good luck with all your future Housekeeping experiences and Enjoy!

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It is important that you have your products and equipment for cleaning. The equipment mainly as there are families like to provide certain cleaners that are already used to use.

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i belive they should not if there doing you a favor by cleaning the house the should not provide there own things. plus the pay the same with or without bringing youre own suplies. i made my case.

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I have been a housekeeper for friends and family since I was a teenager, I have also worked in Childcare off and on for about 6 years. I now work with women and children at a women's shelter in the city and enjoy the encouragement and support I'm able to give at my current job. I am an inspiring writer and traveler at the moment and learning to speak Spanish as it has become a benefit at my current job. I also love singing, and acrylic painting from time to time. However, I am always cleaning and organizing and love having a clean and organized space to be able to work in so it has at times become a skill I have aquired over time with helping others and learning working with children. I am very fast and efficient and have recently switched over to environment friendly products such as Method . Which actually helps out a lot if you are a friend to the environment or have small children or pets.

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I wouldn't say it would keep you from finding jobs...just may be hard to keep them! customers pay attention to what you bring as far as supplies all the way down to your attire. I suggest saving up and buying supplies along the way that way you are more than prepared.

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ICANNOT AFFORD THE PURCHASE ALL THE CLEANING SUPPLIES AND EQUIMPENT BUT I'CAN HELP YOU WITH CHOOSE THE GOOD SUPPLIES NO ALLERGIC.