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AIBU or is my cleaner?

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Phosphene Wed 06-Mar-13 17:30:15

We employed a wonderful cleaner for our 5 five bedroom house for five hours a week. She found a FT job before Christmas with her Economics degree and since then we have a new cleaner.
We paid our old cleaner £10 per hour, we are in Surrey/London border, so not Central London and £10 is maximum cleaners get paid around here. We found a new good cleaner, she charges £12.50 per hour, which is fine but the amount of cleaning products she goes through is ridiculous. It costs me nearly £100 a week now to have her. I talked to her about it but she doesn't want to change it. Do you think she is U or am I?

Blankiefan Wed 06-Mar-13 17:32:18

Mine does this too - what she needs all that bleach, I'll never know. I think you should have a word (but I'm too scared to bring it up with mine so if you could mention it to her too, that'd be great).

Catsdontcare Wed 06-Mar-13 17:33:10

She's using over £30 of cleaning products a week?!

If so tell her you will pay her £14 an hour but she provides the cleaning products.

Jengnr Wed 06-Mar-13 17:33:43

Kinell, I pay mine 11 pounds an hour in West Yorkshire.

Mind you, she brings all her own stuff. She doesn't even use my hoover.

Iggly Wed 06-Mar-13 17:34:15


Get another cleaner

MerryMingeWhingesAgain Wed 06-Mar-13 17:34:25

£38 worth a week of cleaning products plus her wages? Is she taking home 6 bottles of Flash in her pockets every week?

The £12.50ph you agreed to, if that's the going rate and you are happy with it.

What products are you buying? Maybe just buy her a selection of E Cloths, a bottle of vinegar and some bicarb and tell her you are going eco-friendly from now on.

CloudsAndTrees Wed 06-Mar-13 17:35:12

She is. There is no way anyone needs to use that much cleaning product for a house that is cleaned every week, unless your family are particularly minging and go out of your way to cover everything in mud before she comes over.

frankie4 Wed 06-Mar-13 17:35:14

Is this for real??

Five hours cleaning a week, so it is costing you £40 a week in cleaning products?!

If you don't want to pay that then get a new cleaner.

recall Wed 06-Mar-13 17:36:13

She doesn't need that much cleaning stuff. Mine cleans our 5 bedroom house for 4 hours a week, and I occasionally buy him some bleach or jif if he runs out. He seems to run out at about the same pace as I would.

HecateWhoopass Wed 06-Mar-13 17:36:32

Why doesn't she want to change it? If you say I don't want you to use this much, then surely she should just use less?

Just trying to work it out £62.50 is wages, so she's using £37.50 a week on cleaning products.

that's ridiculous! How can you get through £40 worth of stuff in 5 hours cleaning? Is she taking them away to use at other people's houses?

What are you buying? buy less expensive products? Value range stuff?

Pancakeflipper Wed 06-Mar-13 17:37:09

She's taking it all home. Bet she's never bought any Mr Sheen for years.

Phosphene Wed 06-Mar-13 17:38:43

We don't buy anything fancy at all. Se uses a bottle of Viakal a week, two bottles of bleach.. I wonder if she thinks we are made of money.

NotYouNaanBread Wed 06-Mar-13 17:39:49

Unless you are buying some seriously premium cleaning products from the Selfridges food hall and couriering them in, she must be stealing or just pouring your stuff down the sink.

I would call her on it, or put everything away & just leave her a bottle of Flash All Purpose & leave her to it.

Phineyj Wed 06-Mar-13 17:40:00

YANBU - my cleaner provides her own cleaning products, which presumably gives her an incentive to be economical with them!

Phosphene Wed 06-Mar-13 17:40:05

I am here when she cleans so i would notice if she takes it home.

HecateWhoopass Wed 06-Mar-13 17:43:41

good god, your house must STINK of chemicals.

Not good for you, you know.

Perhaps switch to eco friendly as suggested upthread.

I also liked the suggestion to up her wages but make it a condition of that that she brings her own cleaning materials.

MerryMingeWhingesAgain Wed 06-Mar-13 17:44:20

a bottle of Viakal is £3, 2 x bottles of bleach about £2.


a packet of cashmere dusters to go with it?

INeverSaidThat Wed 06-Mar-13 17:44:22

How on earth can she use two bottles of bleach? How many loos do you have?

Vanilla is a few quid and bleach is cheap...... What else does she use.

BTW do you have a water softener? It sounds like you might need it grin

My cleaner and I are pretty frivolous with paper towl usage but she works a day a week but doesn't get through anything like yours does.

INeverSaidThat Wed 06-Mar-13 17:44:54

Vanilla = Viakal + auto correct hmm

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 06-Mar-13 17:45:45

She is.

I pay my cleaner £11 an hour (we are not that far from you) and she brings all her own cleaning products.

She is using £35+ of products each week?? I think she is stealing from you.

lurkedtoolong Wed 06-Mar-13 17:50:44

How does a bottle of Viakel and two bottles of bleach cost £35? That should be £10 tops if it's big bottles of branded bleach, less if it's shop own-brand stuff.

CremeEggThief Wed 06-Mar-13 17:53:46

TWO bottles of bleach a week? I don't think I even get through that in a year!


LindaMcCartneySausage Wed 06-Mar-13 17:54:53

Does she give you a lust if products that she's bought and the receipts. Our (fabulous) cleaner dies this. She likes to buy her own stuff, which she then leaves behind in our home.

LindaMcCartneySausage Wed 06-Mar-13 17:57:22

Please excuse typos and auto correct. Was going to say that our cleaner instigated this system and apart from going through a colossal number of paper towels, I doubt she spends more than £5 a week on average. Sometimes it's £10 worth of bleach and Viakal, other weeks it's just £12 an hour (central London)

INeverSaidThat Wed 06-Mar-13 18:01:01

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