Learn the earning potential of making money cleaning houses!
A few months ago, I needed a new house cleaner, and as I did my research online, I quickly realized that I could expect to pay as much as $85 per hour for a crew of two people to clean my house. I thought this was extremely ridiculous.
I did some research and found job ads for local cleaning companies that paid mostly between $9-$12.75 per hour to their employees.
So I figured if on average someone can expect to make about $11 per hour, why should I pay over four times their combined real hourly rate just because I went through a real cleaning service? I don’t think so.
I ended up finding my cleaning lady by posting an ad on Craigslist explaining exactly what I was looking for and how much I was willing to pay. I ended up getting over 60 applications in one week! It was overwhelming, to say the least.
The lady I eventually chose wasn’t a maid by profession – she had retired a couple years back from being a receptionist at a doctor’s office and wanted to make some extra cash without going back to an office environment.
As she stated in her application email, she “wasn’t a house cleaner, per se, but she was good at cleaning her own house!” LOL She’s exactly what I needed.
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Of course, this entire process got me thinking – how much money could you realistically expect to make cleaning houses?.
I offered $15 per hour to clean 3-4 hours per week. I went higher than what it seems other companies in my area pay their cleaners because it would be a very part-time job, and I figured the right person would be someone who didn’t have another job but needed this side job to be worthwhile (turns out I was right!).
Before I settled upon the $15 rate for house cleaning, I ran it by my college age babysitter.
I asked her what amount she’d have to make per hour to take a job that included cleaning bathrooms, knowing that she doesn’t like that task very much. She said $10-$15 would be a minimum but $15 would be better.
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Seeing as how I was quoted $85 per hour for a 2-person cleaning crew, I figure $15 per hour is a reasonable amount to pay someone to clean, and it’s also a good number to consider charging if I were ever to go into this business.
It’s a good deal for the customer (compared to the alternative), and it’s a good deal for the worker, considering you’d likely make less working for a cleaning company.
As a busy mom who only has a few hours to work here and there, I greatly appreciate a way to make extra cash in exactly the amount of time I have.
Making Money Cleaning Houses – How Much to Expect
Just to see if my hunch is right, I did a quick search on my local Craigslist page. I found several house cleaner job ads that listed the following pay rates:
- $9 per hour during a two-week training period, then $12-$15 per hour after that
- $8 per hour during a two-week training period, then $9 per hour after that
- $9.75 – $12.75 per hour
- $10 per hour, including travel time
If I were looking for a cleaning job today, I’d be interested in the one that pays $10 per hour, including travel time. Now that’s a good deal!
**Update: Keep in mind that I wrote this post way back in 2012, so these numbers are almost a decade old. If you are interested in this kind of work now, you will need to do new research.
Tools of the Trade
I wouldn’t have a clue what house cleaners like to use except my cleaner tells me exactly what to buy for her and keep at my house. Here’s what I can remember off the top of my head:
- Bona floor care system
- Orange Glo
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
- Scrubbing Bubbles
- Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes
And this is in addition to the regular stuff like sponges and paper towels. I feel like I’m leaving something out…I’ll come back to update this once I go check.
What else would you add to the list?
Make Extra Money Cleaning Houses
I’ve never been a big fan of cleaning my own home, but for some reason, I find it kind of satisfying to help other people clean. Maybe I will get into this business once my children are all in school.
It beats going back to an office environment, for sure! And I like how I can set my own hours and work as much or as little as I’d like since it’s per-hour income. After working overtime on salary (without extra pay for overtime) for so many years, an hourly wage might be a nice change.
Do you clean other people’s homes for extra cash? How much do you charge? Do you charge by the hour or by the job?