Home care

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From rug stains to renovations, we all could use a hand around the home.

When can I hire a house cleaner and what safety measures should we take?

Raise your hand if you could use some help around the house these days. (Cue millions of hands.) Whether you're working and/or schooling at home, you're an essential worker or you're going back to your workplace and swamped trying to catch up, you may save yourself... more

The 9 dirtiest places in your house, according to experts

What’s the dirtiest place in your house? Dr. Carl J. Fichtenbaum, an infectious disease specialist and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, says that it’s the people and pets. For that reason, he adds, “The most important things to clean in the... more

How to communicate with your house cleaner for great service every time

Enter a caption... Having a cleaner come to your home is, for many people, a worthy splurge. It can ease stress, eliminate household arguments over chores and leave weekends for family time. "Hiring a house cleaner is the best decision I ever made. It’s worth every penny," says Lynda D... more

House cleaner checklist: A room-by-room guide

If you’ve hired someone to come clean your home, you are probably relieved to pass off the dusting and mopping but also wondering what’s next? There are some things you can do to make sure you and your cleaner are on the same page, including providing a checklist of cleaning... more

Cleaning company vs. independent housekeeper: Which is best for you?

When it comes to choosing between a company and an individual for your cleaning needs, there isn't one right answer for everyone. "They need to be a good fit for you and your family and the needs of the household," says Mary Cherry owner of residential cleaning service, Evie... more

Green cleaning: 7 natural solutions that really work

Taking care of our environment is a process that starts at home. Everything from aerosol cans to harmful cleaning chemicals can affect the earth's delicate balance, but there are plenty of easy ways to make green cleaning choices when it comes to your home. If you use a housekeeper... more

7 benefits of green cleaning

As lives become busier, overscheduled and more stressful, it's easy to gravitate toward the latest products that promise to make annoying chores easier. Out of bathroom cleaner? On your next trip to the store, you grab one of the many bright, colorful bottles promising to be a quick fix. But... more

How much should you charge for housekeeping services?

One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a new housekeeper is how much you charge for your services. But picking a price point can be tricky. You want to make your rates competitive while still making enough to cover your labor, materials and overhead costs. There’s no magic... more