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Are you wondering about the benefits of hiring a professional house cleaner ? Like any investment, it’s useful to compare the costs with the benefits. Everyone has different reasons for hiring cleaners. Plus, everyone has different income levels and budgets.

Some may consider hiring a cleaner a must-have necessity. While others consider it a luxurious indulgence. No matter how you look at it, you should consider hiring a house cleaner as worth your investment.

If you have never used a cleaner before, you are probably spending plenty of time doing the  cleaning yourself — or not! If you’re busy working and running a household, you might find that cleaning is the last thing you’d like to do after a hectic day. So, either you’re living in an unclean house, or you’re forgoing valuable free time, sleep or relaxing in order to keep the home clean.

When you start enjoying the benefits of hiring a professional house cleaner, you can soon get addicted to the benefits of arriving home to a freshly cleaned space. But we’d like to list some additional benefits that you may have overlooked.

Hiring a cleaner benefit #1: more family time (or me time)

Before hiring us, many of our hardworking clients were spending each weekend cleaning the house. Is this what you want to do with your precious spare time? If you have children, they grow up so fast. Spending quality time together as a family is not something that can wait. Before you know it, those adorable kids have grown into grumpy teens who don’t want to go on family adventures. (Actually, even teens need quality family time, though they’d never admit it.)

Instead of spending the weekend cleaning, you can enjoy more time with the family. Waking up on a Saturday morning knowing the house is already spotlessly clean… it never gets old. If you’ve got a busy weekend of engagements, you don’t have to neglect a clean house while you’re out having fun — you can have both!

It’s not just about family time; how about a bit of peaceful relaxation for yourself? Instead of scrubbing grout, relax in the bath with a good book and a glass of wine. Enjoy cooking up a gourmet meal without having to scrub the surfaces down first. Or take the time to improve your health with exercise, meditation or retail therapy at the shops.

Hiring a cleaner benefit #2: grow your hobby, business or side hustle

Another one of the benefits of hiring a professional house cleaner is spare time to grow or start a business. If you’re one of the  61% of Australian businesses who are sole traders , working to grow your business is far more beneficial than spending time scrubbing your toilet.

Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of starting a side hustle, but lack the time? Getting a cleaner helps you claw back precious hours that you need to get started as a consultant, artist, maker or freelancer. If you stick at it, the newfound income can more than cover the cost of the cleaner and give you and your family a valuable source of additional income too.

Money Mindset coach Denise Duffield-Thomas talks about the power of investing in cleaners from a mindset perspective.

‘My really good investment at the start of my business was hiring a cleaner for my house. Because, my house was always really messy. And I would spend every weekend fighting with my hubby about cleaning the bathroom. Hiring a cleaner is quite an inexpensive way to declutter some of that crap in your life and create a nice environment for you. It’s also highly symbolic as well. Because you go into that business with that mindset of ‘It’s too expensive for me to clean my own house.’ And I need to focus on income producing activities. If you’re doing things like cleaning your own toilet, no one is paying you for that. This is especially important if you work from home. Your home is your workspace and you shouldn’t be procrastinating during the day, cleaning the toilet.’

Denise Duffield-Thomas

If you’re not interested in starting a business, there’s always more time for hobbies. Perhaps you’ve wanted to learn yoga, study calligraphy or tinker with repairing old Volkswagens. You only have one life, so if you dream of writing a book, becoming a photographer or mastering the piano — hire a cleaner and use your cleaning time to do what you’ve always wanted!

Hiring a cleaner benefit #3: unexpected guests are not embarrassing

Have you ever had the neighbour pop over to borrow a cup of sugar ? Or family stop by because they were ‘in the area’? Or your parents call to say they’ll be at your place in five minutes? So you do a mad dash of frantic tidying before they arrive.

With a cleaner on your team you can confidently ask people back to your place for a drink without worrying about what your home looks like. Spur-of-the-moment in invitations for play dates, coffee with friends or drinks after dinner are now yours to enjoy. You can host a family barbecue without spending hours cleaning before guests arrive, so you’re exhausted by the time the doorbell first rings.

Hiring a cleaner benefit #4: fewer marital arguments (about who’s doing more cleaning)

It’s quite common for couples to argue about cleaning. Traditionally, housework was a woman’s responsibility, but now more women are working and contributing to the family income, it doesn’t seem fair that they’re still expected to do more housework. This can so often become the cause of tension in the marriage.

A recent study found that for married couples with children, women do 30 hours per week on housework, while men do half that, at 15 hours per week. No wonder it’s a common source of disagreements!

Average hours spent on housework each week by Australian men and women. Source: HILDA.

Of course every household is different, but if there’s any kind of inequality around housework, with one partner doing more work and the other doing more relaxing, then there’s bound to be tension.

One of the problems is unconscious overclaiming , a tendency observed by writer Gretchen Rubin who says that we unconsciously overestimate our contributions or skills relative to other people’s. In Gretchen’s case, she complains about the time she spends paying household bills, while forgetting that her husband does all the food shopping or car maintenance.

Hiring a cleaner solves all that once and for all. When the cleaner does the work, unconscious overclaiming doesn’t matter, and nor does genuine frustration at your spouse’s lack of cleanliness. Because everything is taken care of by the cleaner, and to a higher standard, too. A cleaner won’t cut corners with the vacuuming or forget about the upstairs toilet — it will be all done exactly as you require, week in, week out.

Hiring a cleaner benefit #5: healthier homes

When you are struggling to maintain housework, your home isn’t cleaned regularly. This makes it more likely you’ll have allergens and dust building up through the home.

Do you or your family suffer from asthma, respiratory problems, eczema or hayfever? Then, it’s important to keep the home free of triggers that may cause symptoms. Even if no one is a sufferer, it’s still nice to have a fresh clean home with that lovely clean house smell to enjoy.

One of the benefits of hiring a professional cleaner is the reduced risk of allergens like dust, mould and mites brewing in your home. If you don’t have a cleaner, you probably don’t have time to do a deep thorough clean often enough. This leads to unwanted nasties lurking through dusty corners, cobwebs on the ceiling, mould in the grout and more.

If you have a regular cleaner, you can feel confident that the air in your house is much cleaner and fresher. Even more if you use a housekeeping service. Get someone else to take care of changing sheets, cleaning out the fridge or vacuuming up pet hair.

Hiring a cleaner benefit #6: get the job done right

Are you struggling with your busy schedule to keep your house clean? You are most likely cutting corners. Because you don’t have the time or energy to do the deep clean your home needs. Naturally, because you’re busy you can’t do everything!

But when you hire a professional cleaner, things are different. You can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that everything will be done thoroughly. Our cleaners love cleaning the way Monica from Friends loves cleaning — a lot!

Not only will professional cleaners get into every last nook and cranny, they are more gentle too. They know which products to use on which surfaces. Or when harsh scrubbing can cause damage to your laminate, tiles or benchtop. So there’s less chance of cleaning-related damage. Plus, if you haven’t been using a cleaner for a while, buildup of dust and mould makes for a bigger job. We’ve all seen bathroom grout that’s loaded with mould — it’s impossible to clean; often regrouting is the only solution.

Regular cleaning prevents bigger problems like this arising. For example, dust hidden behind a freestanding bath can accumulate. When it combines with a splash of water from the tub, it dries out. This can be a huge pain to clean, especially in a tight corner. Rather have a cleaner do it? Me too!

Lovely tub, but cleaning between the bath and the wall is not fun.

So, to summarise: six unexpected benefits of hiring a cleaner

  1. More family time (or me time)
  2. Time for hobbies, business or side hustles
  3. No unexpected guest embarrassment
  4. Fewer marital arguments
  5. Healthier homes
  6. Get the job done better, protect your assets

Ready to enjoy the benefits of hiring a professional house cleaner?

Get a quote in sixty seconds with our easy cleaning quote calculator. Simply tell us where you live and the type of cleaning you need and we’ll do the rest. You could be welcoming a new cleaner to your home as early as next week!

About the author

Madisson Dillon

Madisson is a Communications Writer at Absolute Domestics – Australia’s Largest Agency for Domestic Cleaners, and an authority in the home services industry for over three decades.

Madisson plays a pivotal role in writing content for comprehensive contractor training programs and facilitating successful contractor referrals to a diverse clientele.

Her deep understanding of the domestic cleaning industry's dynamics, coupled with a commitment to excellence in service delivery, positions Madisson as an expert in the field.

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