This is a bit odd. I’ve never written a blog before, not completely sure I know what I’m doing, but here goes….

I don’t consider myself to be any authority on cleaning (looking at my living room just now and it’s not looking good) but people think that because I earn my living from cleaning other people’s homes, I should know something. Well, I suppose I might be able to help on some things.

I’ve been a self employed cleaner since the 1st of June 2005. Why? The answer to that is quite simple. I have always liked cleaning – strange, but true. My first paid job was for my brother when I was about 12 years old. He was 12 years older than me (I say was, as he is sadly no longer here). I was given a token amount of pocket money to clean his room. The room wasn’t very big, but it always had that “boy smell” that I found tricky to remove, no matter how much air freshener I sprayed. He was happy, and I got enough money to buy my favourite magazines, which were Smash Hits and Just Seventeen.

My cleaning days are quite different now. Some days I get up at 05:45am (ouch) in order to clean at my brother-in-laws recording studio. I don’t have to get up at that time, but it means I avoid having to work around young beardy boys. Cleaning is hard enough without trying to circumnavigate people that think cleaning is done by magic. However, I generally spend my time cleaning for older people, the ones that used to do it all by themselves before the ravages of old age kicked in.

In my spare time, I am working alongside my husband Andrew to build up our handmade natural cleaning business. I must be mad. We have just launched our online shop and website, and we have products to make for 2 markets next weekend. Cleaning, is definitely not just for Christmas.