How Much Do You Tip House Cleaners? Tipping Etiquette

Learn how much (and how often) to tip your house cleaner, holiday tipping etiquette, and how to easily tip a house cleaner you hire through Homeaglow.

Hiring a house cleaner can be a game-changer for your home and overall well-being. 

However, tipping practices for house cleaners are less standard than in other services, which leaves a lot of people wondering how to best show appreciation for their hard work.

In this article we walk you through all the tipping etiquette, including how much (and how often) to tip your house cleaner, holiday tipping etiquette, and how to easily tip a house cleaner you hire through Homeaglow


How much do you tip house cleaners?

Standard etiquette is to tip house cleaners 15-20% of the total cleaning cost. Tipping your house cleaner isn't obligatory, but it shows appreciation for the quality of their service. Some people also leave a larger tip during the holidays, but this is less standard and completely based on your budget and preferences.

Think about it this way: a good house cleaner plays a significant role in improving your quality of life. 

A dedicated house cleaner not only allows you to come home to a clean and tidy living space, but they also help reduce your stress and create a more pleasant and organized environment for you and your family. They save you time and effort, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your life.

Tipping is a way to express your gratitude and build a positive relationship with the person who makes such a difference in your life. 

And if you found your house cleaner through Homeaglow, you’re almost guaranteed to feel gratitude for a job well done. Browse the thousands of five-star reviews to find just the right cleaner for you. 

Do you tip house cleaners every time they come?

How often you tip your house cleaner depends on your personal preference. Some people tip after each visit, while others prefer to accumulate tips for their regular cleaners and give them a lump sum at the end of the month.

Holiday tips are another common choice. Some people tip only at the holidays, although the amount is usually a little more substantial. Others choose to give both a regular tip and an extra holiday bonus. This can be a good way to celebrate the cleaner's hard work throughout the year. 

Ultimately, how much and how often you tip your house cleaner is based on what feels comfortable for you as the client and what works best for the cleaner. Tipping is a gesture of appreciation, and the intention behind it is what truly matters.

Can I tip a house cleaner I hire through Homeaglow?

Yes, you can tip a house cleaner you hire through Homeaglow. We know how important tipping is, so we strive to make it as easy as possible. 

Here’s how it’s done:

When you book a cleaning appointment through Homeaglow, your total cost doesn’t include a tip. However, after the cleaning session is complete, you receive a link to review your house cleaner. While reviewing, you have the option to include a tip. 

If I tip my house cleaner through Homeaglow, do they get the entire amount?

At Homeaglow, our primary goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to hire top-quality cleaners, which is why we encourage and facilitate tipping for a job well done. When you tip your house cleaner through Homeaglow, rest assured that 100% of the tip goes directly to them.

Building a positive relationship beyond tipping 

Beyond tipping, there are other important ways you can build a positive relationship with your house cleaner and enhance your overall cleaning experience. 

It’s important to express your preferences and expectations clearly and politely from day one. This helps you understand what you can expect from your house cleaner, and at the same time it helps them tailor their services to meet your needs. 

Feedback after a cleaning also plays a vital role in making their job more manageable, as they can better understand your priorities and areas of focus. 

Building a mutually-beneficial, long-term relationship based on trust and respect leaves you satisfied and proud of your home. It also ensures your house cleaner feels valued and appreciated for their hard work and dedication.

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