Cleaning up London

Clean Your Floors Day


Today is Clean Your Floors Day! Floors take the greatest amount of wear and tear in our homes. Allowing your floors to get too dirty can cause them damage but also spread dirt around the house. Here are our top tips on how to keep your floor looking spic and span.

How to clean wood floors naturally

Cleaning floors with vinegar is eco-friendly and cost-effective. It is also one of the best ways to get the job done. Before you start mopping, make sure you have removed furniture, appliances and other objects that might be damaged by water.

Add ½ cup white vinegar to a gallon of warm water in a bucket. Place your mop in the bucket and wring it out to remove the excess water. Work your way toward a door, mopping in a circular or side-to-side direction. Once you have mopped the floor thoroughly, empty the bucket and refill it with clean, warm water. Go back over the floor once more, then allow it to air dry completely.

How to remove stains on wood floors

When spills happen on wood...

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Why you need to clean your home workplace


As many companies adopt a permanent transition to remote working, employees are spending more time at home. Home cleaning and decluttering have become more important than ever. Keyboard, mouse and phone contain high levels of bacteria that pose a risk to health. We created a handy infographic showing the importance of keeping your home workplace clean.

The average keyboard and phone have 3.5 million and 1.6 million bacteria per square inch, respectively. By comparison, the toilet harbours about 3.2 million bacteria per square inch. Pathogens like MRSA could survive for up to 180 days on hard surfaces, while other common but less deadly pathogens, such as flu can survive for 24 hours. 

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International Bath Day


Today we celebrate the International Bath Day. As one of the most used rooms in the house, bathrooms are a magnet for mildew, grime, germs, not to mention stubborn stains caused by hard water or rust. Keeping your bathroom clean is important for your physical and mental wellbeing. Here are our top tips on how to keep your bath squeaky clean.

How to clean the bathtub

Bathtubs capture dirt easily which makes them the perfect place for bacterial infections. To start, warm up the surface to help loosen any gunk or stains.

When you have the surface preheated, you can begin cleaning. Mix equal parts of white wine vinegar and water in a plastic spray bottle. After applying the solution, let it sit for 15 minutes and wipe it away with a clean cloth.

To get rid of the horrible smells and stubborn stains, sprinkle the bath with baking soda and spray on the cleaning solution. After leaving the paste for 15 minutes, wipe it away and rinse clean.

How to clean the bath drain

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Celebrate World Baking Day on 17th May


Today we celebrate World Baking Day! What better way to reunite with friends and family than baking?

Even though baking is all about spreading joy and making people happy, no one likes cluttered counters and crumbs on the floor. Keeping your kitchen clean is important unless you want to end up with the trash overflowing, sink full of dishes and counters covered with remnants. However, there are our top tips on how to clean up after baking and you may be surprised that you already have most of the ingredients.

Use natural cleaning products

Many commercially available cleaning products are really expensive and contain harmful chemicals. Baking soda is an eco-friendly cleaner which can remove stains from kitchen appliances without taking off paint. White vinegar is a natural agent which can fight greasy stains and kills all germs. Mix half a cup of baking soda and a half a cup of white vinegar with hot water in a sink. After letting the appliances soak for 40 minutes, scrub them using...

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How to Overcome the Challenges of Remote Recruitment and Onboarding


Companies are taking different approaches on how far and how quickly they shift staff back to the office from home-working. There is some evidence that working from home has increased productivity and job satisfaction. In addition, many people express a preference for working from home which could also save companies substantial office costs. For these reasons, it is likely that working from the kitchen table will be a lasting trend.

Remote working brings challenges in recruiting and engaging new staff and making them part of a team. We published a new article on how best to adapt to remote recruitment and onboarding which you can find here. We are prolific recruiters of home care professionals and share our top tips for remote interviews, recruitment, onboarding and engagement.

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Stress Awareness Month: How cleaning can help your stress levels










It is timely that April is Stress Awareness Month. After a year in a global pandemic, the strain of repeated lockdowns and uncertainties have increased stress and impacted mental wellbeing. However, stress can be controlled in our daily lives. In this article, we look at the connection between a clean house and mental health and how cleaning can help stress levels.

Clutter increases stress

Because of lockdowns and working from home, we are spending most of our time stuck at home. Over the past year, 74% of UK adults have experienced problems with mental or emotional pressure. Researchers have found that clutter and mess are strongly associated with increasing stress and anxiety. According to a study clutter starts with loosing pens and papers, filling your desk with unnecessary clutter and leads to low quality work environment and increased anxiety levels.

Over 82% of Brits’ mood is impacted by clutter in some way....

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We reviewed existing articles and conducted our own proprietary research to establish the cost of hiring a cleaner in London. We also compared London prices with other major UK cities and tracked how London prices have evolved in recent years.


Articles on house cleaning prices 

We explored online to find data for the cost of a cleaner in London.  We found only three articles that give price ranges for London cleaners. 

The first article, written in April 2018, gives a broad price range of £10 to £20 per hour for domestic cleaning services. It notes that prices vary according to the source of the cleaning service. For example, hiring a cleaner directly is cheaper than hiring through an agency or a cleaning company. This makes sense because the agency or cleaning company bears the cost of vetting cleaners and managing the service.

The article advises that hiring an independent cleaner directly costs between £10 and £12...

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Trends in the UK house cleaning industry



The UK domestic cleaning industry market has grown at an impressive pace in recent years with a 21% increase in turnover between 2013 and 2020. Structural and secular trends have driven strong growth. However, the cleaning sector, along with the rest of the UK economy is facing a number of challenges from the impact of COVID-19, Brexit and a likely economic recession. 

In the first part of this article, we examine the factors driving recent growth in the sector. In the second part, we examine the impact of COVID-19 on demand for home cleaning services. Finally, we explore the outlook for the sector and consider the potential impact of COVID-19, Brexit and an economic recession on domestic cleaning in the UK.


1) Growth in the UK house cleaning market 


Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry as a whole was experiencing steady growth in turnover and the number of new workers and companies. Between 2015 and 2018, the UK cleaning...

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How large is the UK cleaning industry?



The UK cleaning industry is enormous and makes an important contribution to the UK economy. This article takes an in-depth look into the sector.

In the first part of this article we provide an overview of the size and structure of the overall UK cleaning industry. In the second section, we outline the growth in the sector and analyse growth drivers. Finally, we do a deep dive on the cleaning activities sub-sector which includes domestic cleaning.

Most of the data in this article is from 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the UK economy as a whole, including the cleaning sector. In a separate article, we explore structural trends in the sector and the likely impact of Covid-19. 

(A) Overview of the UK cleaning industry

Size and importance of the UK cleaning industry

According to recent data from the BCC (British Cleaning Council), the cleaning industry contributes £55.5 billion to the UK economy every year. For comparison, this figure is...

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How home cleaning changed during lockdown





Before the lockdown

We first heard about coronavirus in early January. We began to take serious notice on 23rd January when the Chinese government locked down Wuhan province. As the first cases were identified in the UK, we began to seriously think about the implications of a lockdown on the UK domestic cleaning sector. We have hundreds of independent cleaners using our platform. Would home cleaners be able to go to work? Would cleaners be able to support themselves?

House cleaners permitted to work during lockdown

We were expecting some form of lockdown before Boris Johnson made his announcement on 23rd March 2020. After the announcement, we read and reread the rules and government guidance.

There was no specific guidance on working in people’s homes. The government rules said that you could leave home if you...

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COVID-19 service update


On Sunday 10th May the prime minister sketched out his three-step "roadmap" to bring us out of lockdown. 

Cleaners are permitted to work. See our guidelines

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The UK Cleaning Industry


Each year, the British Cleaning Council produces a report on the UK cleaning industry. The cleaning sector is often overlooked so it is great that this report champions the vital services provided to UK workplaces, hospitals, schools, public spaces and homes.

The most striking aspect of the report is the sheer size of the sector. The cleaning sector contributes £55.5 billion to the UK economy and employs 1.6 million people. The British Cleaning Council divides the industry into four sub-sectors: Cleaning activities, Facilities management, Waste and resource management and Landscape service activities.

We have created a summary infographic to highlight the most important data. We have focused on the Cleaning activities sub-sector and summarised the key trends in commercial and domestic cleaning.

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Keeping Your Household Safe During Lockdown


As we enter the fourth week of “lockdown”, we thought it might be helpful to provide reminders and tips on keeping safe and healthy. We include reminders of Government restrictions and guidance because it is easy to forget as demonstrated in this video.
Lockdown FAQs
The Government has provided a helpful dos and don’ts FAQ page. The page deals with the practicalities of life under “lockdown”, such as visiting dentists, dog-walking, driving to parks etc.
Staying home and social distancing
The full rules and restrictions can be found here. You can only leave home for shopping for basic necessities, one form of exercise a day, any medical needs or travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.
Social distancing measures help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). There is comprehensive guidance for everyone on this page
Protecting yourself and staying well
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Home And Garden Cleaning Projects For The Long “Lockdown” Weekend



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Ultimate long weekend cleaning projects 






To help make the most of your time during the four day “lockdown” over Easter, we have compiled a list of cleaning projects. We will admit that at first glance they don’t seem like a lot of fun, but you will feel so good when you finish them and experience the results! To ensure we were giving you the best advice possible, we asked some domestic cleaners in Hampstead to run through their best ideas. Additional input came from someone who is, in our opinion, the best cleaner in Tottenham. Here's what they had to say!  

High touch areas 

In busy households, high touch areas require frequent cleaning to stop the spread of germs and viruses. Around the house, this includes light switches, door and cabinet handles, hand-rails, table and countertops, remote controls as well as all bathroom surfaces. Your personal electronic devices,...

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Useful Business Resources



We share some of the best sources of business information relating to the Covid-19 crisis. We also cover Government support for employees, the self-employed and businesses as well as working from home. We hope that you find these resources useful in navigating through these uncertain times.  

Helpful resources for small businesses 

For small businesses like this one, there are some very helpful people out there providing useful, up to date information.  

The British Chambers of Commerce have created their own hub available here, with advice on business planning, remote working and FAQs. Be the Business offers a similar resource here. 

The Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales have written comprehensive guidance and illustrations on furloughing staff and claiming CJRS here as...

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Update On Our Services During The "Lockdown" Period.

We continue to monitor Government policy and take appropriate actions. Last Friday, the Government clarified that cleaners can work in people's homes as long as they are well and adhere to Public Health England guidelines. They are permitted to travel to and from work.
Cleaners on our platform are available to work and have been instructed on best practice guidelines. We have also introduced extra safety and cleaning measures to protect themselves and customers. Nonetheless, we request that cleaning sessions only go ahead if essential. This is to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus during the "lockdown" period.
You can find more information on our service during the "lockdown" period on our website here.
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School Closures And Your Cleaning Sessions

As you know UK schools will be closed from Friday the 20th of March. We understand the difficulty that many people will have in finding childcare at such notice. This could affect you or your cleaner. We have informed cleaners that some customers may have their children at home whilst schools are closed. We have asked them for understanding and forbearance during this time.

It is possible that your cleaner may need to look after their children. They may contact you to reschedule sessions. Please be as flexible as possible. If it is not possible to find a convenient solution, please let us now and we will arrange a replacement.
As well as everyday actions recommended by the NHS, we have given additional instructions to cleaners.
  • Carry and regularly use alcohol-based hand rub
  • Regularly sanitise your mobile phone
  • Where feasible, keep a distance of at least 1 metre with all people you come into contact with and refuse handshakes
  • Check your body temperature in the...
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How To Keep Your House Clean From Coronavirus



The worldwide pandemic of Coronavirus or COVID-19 is escalating in many countries. It is likely that COVID-19 will become much more widespread in London.  

In addition to best practice as recommended by WHO, we want to share some useful information about keeping surfaces clean at home to protect your household from illness. This is a time to maintain high standards of cleaning at home. We asked some professional domestic cleaners in Twickenham and an experienced housekeeper in Kilburn to help us compile some essential cleaning tips to keep yourself protected from COVID-19.

Everyday preventive actions 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, it is recommended to take everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 

  • Stay home when you are sick. The...

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Results Of Our Survey


We surveyed over 3,000 cleaners on our database to find out what cleaners really think about their customers. We discussed the cleanest habits, the worst habits and their view on people’s overall attitudes towards cleaning. We want to understand the cleaner’s perspective and get insights that might help us improve the service for both cleaners and customers.

The great news is that 98% of our cleaners felt valued and respected by their clients. In addition, 85% of cleaners said that their clients were lean and tidy. This indicates to us that relationships between customers and cleaners are generally very good.

We then asked about client cleaning habits to see if there are any ways that we can help cleaners in their jobs. According to respondents in our survey, 56% of householders do very little or no cleaning between scheduled sessions. It seems that some customers could help cleaners do a better job by doing some tidying up...

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New Year Cleaning Resolutions


New Year, New Me? Every year many of us set goals and targets for the New Year. This year, I filled my ‘Goals for 2020’ diary with familiar-looking resolutions.  

  1. Lose weight

  2. Learn a new skill or hobby

  3. Lose more weight

  4. Read one book a month

  5. Lose even more weight

  6. Travel more

My New Year’s resolutions are always centred around getting fit and losing weight. I try to go to the gym three times a week or stick to a strict diet. But I’ll be the first to admit that after four gym sessions and a second week of not indulging in any takeaways on a Friday night, my hopes and dreams of achieving this so called perfect body usually come to an end. 

This year I want to set myself more attainable goals. Goals that can help my mental wellbeing, reduce my stress levels and allow me to sleep better at night. The great news is that it does not involve toiling away at the gym or giving up cake. It simply entails keeping my house clean.

In this blog, I...

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Housekeeper of the Year 2019


Maria Helena with TidyChoice team

Congratulations to Maria Helena! She trumped hundreds of housekeepers across the whole of London to win this year’s Housekeeper of the Year award and a £150 prize.

Customers were asked to nominate their housekeeper for the award. We received a huge response in recognition of the valuable work that house cleaners do across the city. Maria Helena received the most votes from customers and got outstanding reviews.

We spoke to Maria Helena when she came to our offices to collect the award.

How did you feel when you found out you had won the competition?

I was very surprised and very happy! I remember reading about last year’s winner, Bilyana and wishing that it could be me one day. I am very pleased to win this award.

You got huge support from your customers who are clearly very happy with you. What is your secret?

I really enjoy the work which is why I give it my best. I like and respect my customers and treat their home as I do my own. I am not perfect but if I...

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Best Cleaning Service in London 2019


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We are delighted and honoured to be included in the 2019 list of The Best Cleaning Services in London.

Unlike cleaning agencies on the list, with TidyChoice you can select the cleaner that suits you best and book them in real time online. To see who is available in your area, please visit our homepage.

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What is London’s cleanest mode of transport?


Walking or cycling around London can feel like a health hazard. Roads are engulfed in dangerous levels of exhaust fumes and pollutants. How does the London Undergorund compare?

Around 4.8m daily commuters use the London Underground every day. According to the latest research published by the Financial Times levels of pollution inside the underground are extremely high. At times as much as 10 times higher than the guidelines set by WHO. The investigation was conducted at over 75 locations across the tunnel segments inside Zone 1, central London.

The analysis revealed that the Central line is the most polluted, while Northern and Victoria lines are also high risk. 

The network has an abundant level of PM 2.5 particles. These atmospheric particles are one-thirtieth of the thickness of the human hair. These fine particles, which could come from various sources including motor vehicles emissions, agricultural burning and power plant emissions last longer in the air...

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Are you scared of the Halloween clean-up?


We hope that you have a great Halloween with the kids trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, attending or hosting Halloween parties and lighting bonfires.  It is a fun time of year but can also be a messy one for your house!

We have compiled a list of cleaning tricks and treats to help you solve the stickiest and scariest cleaning problems. Enjoy our seasonable guide.

Pumpkin stains on floor and carpet

Carving pumpkin is not only a hard thing to do, but also a very messy one. If you decide to do everything in your kitchen, the best tip would be to lay down a newspaper under the pumpkin. This would make the cleaning much easier and less tricky. 

If you have pumpkin stains on the floor or the carpet, we have a solution. Firstly, immediately remove any pumpkin pulp that you see on the floor. You don’t want it to dry out as it would be harder to clean. 

If you have pumpkin stains on any carpeted area, there are a couple of steps you...

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Overview of the UK cleaning sector


The UK cleaning industry

Figures provided by the British Cleaning Council (“BCC”) show that the cleaning industry contributes over £55.5 billion to the UK economy. The BCC commissioned market research company, Firedog to compile a report on the industry.

Since 2013, turnover from the sector has increased by 30%, which is higher than the turnover for the whole economy, which has increased by 13%.

As well as making a significant contribution to the UK economy, the cleaning industry also employs over 970,000 people. Wage growth in the sector is higher than the national average, with a growth of 6.4% compared to a national average of 2.3%.

The report also shows that the number of foreign-born workers in the industry is higher than the national average with 41% of the general cleaning subsector being foreign-born compared to an average of 17% across the UK workforce.

Contract cleaning size and growth

Based on company sales, the contract cleaning market is worth more...

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Trends in net migration



Around 60% of cleaners active on our platform are from overseas with around one third of the total from EU countries. For instance, Angela works at TidyChoice and is a professional cleaner based in Crouch End, however she is origionally from Romania. Consequently, net migration is critically important to our business and to the cleaning sector as a whole. 

Overall net migration

According to latest report from the Office for National Statistics published in August 2019, an estimated 226,000 moved to the UK than left for the year ending March 2019 (612,000 people immigrated and 385,000 people emigrated). This is down 12 per cent from prior period driven by the lowest level of EU migrants in six years.

Since the end of 2016, overall immigration, emigration and net migration have remained broadly stable. However, the overall figures disguise marked differences in EU and non-EU migration patterns.

Rise and fall of EU migration

EU immigration rose to peak in the year...

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4 Great back-to-school cleaning tips


As stationery and uniforms take over the aisles of supermarkets, the realisation is starting to set in that the summer holidays are nearing a close. With only a handful of weeks to go before your early mornings involve frantic morning drop-offs and journeys to work, one dreaded task may be on your mind. The post summer clean up. 

While it was fun to enjoy the days with your children at home, the time has come to get your home shipshape before you are back to your familiar routine. Here we give some great cleaning tips before your kids head off back to school.

Get organised

It’s normal for kids to ask for a lot of things before they go back to school. New shoes, lunchboxes, jumpers and stationery are just some of the many demands that children make at this time of year. 

But before buying anything new for your children, check what they already have. Any worn out clothes or supplies can be thrown away but be sure not to buy items that your children simply don’t...

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11 Great ways to celebrate Family Day in London


International day of families, as proclaimed by the United Nations, is observed on 15th May every year.

To help you celebrate the occasion, we have some great suggestions for the whole family to enjoy.

1.  HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is Europe’s only surviving Second World War cruises. It has a combination of activities for all the family members. You can explore its 9 decks and the operations room that allows you to plot your own course. The audio guide gives a captivating feel of the ship during its turbulent time in the past.

HMS Belfast entry: FREE with the London Explorer Pass. Adult from £15.45, kids £7.70, includes audio guide

Open: March – October: 10-6pm

Tube: London Bridge

2. Sea life Centre

Who is not astonished by the great marine life? This is a must see destination for the family. Sea life has the spectacular Shark Reef Encounter that can be viewed with other magnificent creatures through a glass walkway!

Sealife Centre London family...

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How to treat your mum this Mother’s Day


Are you struggling to decide how to treat your mum this Mother’s Day?

They have been cleaning up after us most of our lives. Mothering Sunday is our chance to show our mums how much we appreciate everything they have done for us. Whilst treating our mums should be something we do all year round, it doesn’t stop us from wanting to make Mother’s Day extra special.

But deciding exactly how to show our appreciation can be difficult. Do we buy them a special gift they can cherish or take them out on a lavish day out?

Often the simplest things are often the most heartfelt ways of saying thank you. So, even if your budget is limited, your mum doesn’t like a fuss, or you simply want to do something different this year, we have put together great ways you can treat your mum at home this coming Mother’s Day!


  1. Do the housework

One of our reliable housecleaners from Crouch End says that the best way to treat your mum is by taking on all of the household...

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International Women’s Day: Is there still a housework gender gap?


Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is dedicated to celebrating the amazing achievements of women around the world, from politicians and businesswomen, to all of the great women in our own lives.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter, which reminds us that today is also an opportunity to support the campaigns for greater gender equality.

Whilst campaigns striving to close the gender pay gap and promote greater equality in the workplace tend to receive much attention, the inequality in our own homes is often overlooked!

So, we have decided to mark this important date by highlighting the realities of the housework gender gap.


Who cleans most in your home?

In the 1960s women did at least 85% of the housework almost everywhere in the world! Luckily, we have come a long way since then, but women are still doing the bulk of the chores.

In fact, according to a recent study by Oxford University’s Centre for...

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Brexit Deal or No Deal: What happens to your cleaner?


Will cleaning services in London be impacted by Brexit?

There are over 3.5 million EU nationals currently living in the UK. What happens if they decide to leave post-Brexit? Will the economy shrink? A no-deal Brexit could trigger a UK recession but we only really start thinking about it when we are impacted personally.

My housekeeper keeps my home from descending into chaos and I would be devastated to lose her! With the deadline only 35 days away, we wanted to know what EU cleaners and housekeepers would do in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

We surveyed over 3,000 cleaning and child care professionals on our database to understand their feelings towards Brexit and their intentions post-Brexit.


Key survey findings

Only 13% of cleaners say that they would leave the UK over a no-deal Brexit but a further 34% said that would leave if their earnings were impacted. Housekeepers that have lived in the UK for more than five years are more likely to stay regardless of what...

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3 Super Sweet Valentine’s Day Recipes


Valentine’s Day is less than a month away! 

Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner with your partner, a get together with friends, or simply a night in with the kids, we have 3 delicious recipes for you to try.

Each of these recipes are quick and easy and won’t leave you with too much cleaning up to do! These bakes could be the perfect, sweet gift for your loved ones or simply a Valentine’s treat for yourself!


Red Velvet Brownies


  • 1 dark chocolate baking bar (chopped)
  • 75g (¾ cup) butter
  • 400g (2 cups) sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 180g (1½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 bottle red liquid food colouring
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 110g butter, softened
  • 225g cream cheese
  • 480g icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Serves: 16 


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°C.
  2. Line a 9-inch pan with foil and lightly grease.
  3. Melt the chocolate and butter (in a microwave safe...
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How to Stick to Your New Year’s Cleaning Resolutions


2019 is here and the annual tradition of setting New Year’s Resolutions and vowing to break bad habits has begun!

The new year is the perfect time to start afresh and set yourself a few personal goals. This year, why not try setting some resolutions for your home too? From monthly decluttering, to cleaning the fridge once a week, these can be a great way to improve your family’s wellbeing and the general cleanliness of your home.

Once you have decided on your resolutions, the hard part is sticking to them! By late February, many of us begin to lose motivation.

Make this year different – we have gathered six tips that are sure to make your New Year’s cleaning resolutions a success!

1. Keep it simple

It is easy to get carried away when making resolutions, especially when filled with the optimism and determination of the new year. In reality, establishing new cleaning habits will take time and willpower. So, the best approach is to settle for a few, simple...

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Interview with Bilyana: Home Care Professional of the Year 2018


Bilyana (left) accepting her award from TidyChoice co- founder Ana (right)


The Home Care Professional of the Year Award celebrates the most skilful, professional and reliable housekeepers and child carers. The 2018 winner, Bilyana, received the most votes from customers and outstanding reviews.

We spoke to Bilyana to find out why her customers love her so much.


Hi Bilyana, congratulations on winning our Home Care Professional of the Year award 2018! 


How did you feel when you found out you had won the competition?

Absolutely thrilled and surprised! (laughs) When they called me and said I was a winner, I couldn’t believe it, because I am not a lucky person.

When I told my husband that somebody had called me and told me about this award, he said are you sure? (laughs)  Nobody believed it because I never win anything!


You certainly deserved this award because all of your customers voted for you! What do you think makes you good at doing the...

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The Best Posts of 2018


With the New Year fast approaching, TidyChoice presents the top three posts of 2018! Looking back over the year, we have gathered our most popular posts and they all offer great practical advice on cleaning and housekeeping.

We are looking forward to bringing you many more unique and useful domestic tips in 2019, to help keep your home clean and tidy all year round!


Secrets for a Sparklingly Clean Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom is one of the most-hated domestic chores in the UK. However, these great tips are sure to make cleaning the bathroom easier and less tiresome.  From scrubbing the tiles, to polishing the sink, find out the secrets behind how professional cleaners leave our bathrooms both sparkling and spotless.

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Salt Cleans What?

Salt is a natural substance with endless domestic cleaning possibilities!  Salt can help to restore sponges, clean lipstick stains from glassware and even clear drains. As salt is a household...

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How to keep the kids entertained this Christmas


Keeping the children entertained during the Christmas holidays can be stressful, especially when juggling festive preparations. On top of that, with the children off from school, maintaining a clean house can seem almost impossible!

We have come up with four activities that are sure to keep your children busy for hours and keep your home tidy!


Get creative

From making their own Christmas home decorations, to designing their own Christmas cards, arts and crafts can be a great way to get your children in a festive mood and nurture their creativity.

As a parent, I know that arts and crafts can seem like a nightmare if you are trying to keep your house clean and tidy for visiting friends and family. Visions of paint splodges on the carpets and fingerprints on the walls can easily put us off. However, it is key children have a creative outlet and I have found that it does not have to be a messy activity. Instead of stocking up on paint and glitter, why not try simple designs...

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Is your home ready for Christmas?


With Christmas less than three weeks away, festive preparations can seem daunting. How do you get your home ready in time for visiting friends and family?

To enjoy a stress-free Christmas, we have compiled our top six ways to get your home clean and ready for this festive season. These quick and easy tips will leave you with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.


1. Make a great first impression

To make a great first impression greet your guests with a welcoming, clean and clutter-free hallway.

Begin by clearing clutter from the hallway, such as coats, umbrellas and shoes. This will not only create a clean and open entrance but will importantly make space for your guest’s extra coats and shoes.

Shoes are often the biggest culprit for bringing dirt and mud into the house. To keep your home clean invest in a new outdoor mat. Why not buy a Christmas mat to help give your guests a festive welcome!


2. Declutter your house to prepare...

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Spooky but Spotless Halloween


Halloween is a time of fright, adventure and creativity. Yet the time and effort placed on decorating our home come with a great deal of chocolate stains, pumpkin smears, shedding scarecrows and maybe even a sneaky prank. We want you to be prepared not scared for the inevitable, so you are not haunted for weeks to come. Four tips to guide you to 31st of October and beyond.

Pumpkin Panic?

Lay down newspaper under a pumpkin before you carve it for an easy clean-up. If you’ve already carved your pumpkins and you want to clean off the pumpkin guts on your clothes or upholstery get a spoon and scrape off as much of the mess as you can then mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water and dab a microfibre cloth in the mixture. Work the mixture into the stain on your clothes from the outside edge to the centre to prevent spreading the stain. Blot the area with a dry cloth and repeat if necessary, until the stain is removed.

Sticky Sweet Stain?


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Salt cleans what?


The Salt Institute recorded 14,000 ways salt can be used. It just might be the most versatile mineral. Salt though abrasive actually works as an effective cleaning agent. Combined with other ingredients it can serve multiple purposes and become a regular cleaning solution. A simple paste of salt, baking soda and dish soap can make the dirtiest appliances crystal clean. Here are some ways salt can become your favourite eco-friendly cleaner.

Restores a sponge
Problem: Ratty, broken down sponge.
Solution: Leave the sponge overnight in a mix of ¼c of salt and 1q hot water, in the morning it’s restored.

Removes lipstick marks from glassware
Problem: Girlfriend left her ruby red on your wine glass.
Solution: Rub the lipstick stained glass with salt, wash the glass as  usual.

Clean cast iron pans
Problem: Burnt bottom of your frittata left in the skillet.
Solution: Grab 1c coarse salt and pour it into a warm skillet, use a folded kitchen towel to scour the pan,...

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Don’t leave your cleaner for a robot


In the past few years companies have developed more efficient ways to clean our homes. There are now more robotic cleaners than ever before! You have the robot vacuum cleaner, the robot mop, and even the robot window cleaner, that’s a lot of robots for one household. Now I know most people think well if they can cut down on the time it takes to clean their homes then the technological advancements might be worth the investment, but I wouldn’t rush to make that purchase just yet.

The surge of robotic cleaners has come with a price, a high price most robots starts at around £700 and yes they do call it an investment, but if your investment breaks you will be reconciling with your old cleaner to get your house up to par not to mention there have been various test that show the bots just cant catch them all.

No matter how great the cleaning-bot it will never provide the same satisfaction as our dear professionals. As a matter of fact, a robot will always need a human...

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Getting rid of the September blues


September is basically the New Year of fall, the kids go back to school, so your home is quieter, some may have just returned from a sunny vacation and are now battling with the cooler weather, the workload at home and the office doubles, the days are much shorter, and the weather calls for a jacket. According to doctors, stress levels and depression heighten, and you might just feel stuck. Don’t worry there are a few things you can do to rid these blues.

No routine, no time

Time and routines bound us to our responsibility and often times too much of it cause us to feel overwhelmed. I love making lists they make me look forward to conquering my day but once in a while I like to ditch the routine and turn off all the clocks and just go with the flow. So, my advice to you, try going a day without following a schedule or paying attention to the clock, do things on your time. You will enjoy it, and stress levels will fall significantly.

Do like Bruno Mars and have a lazy day.


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A different way to study


The school term is back as is studying, memorising and reciting. My older children have a high disdain for study, they don’t like to memorise things. They often tell me if they hear a term and can associate it with something else (to develop a meaning) then they will remember it, even more, come test time. I disagree but right or wrong, I believe children should develop their own methods of studying from an early age. As an over-involved home carer, I try to intervene as much as possible so with my younger one. Home is after all the first place a child starts their education. I have found it easier to help him remember his spelling words by using telly commercials (about 3 minutes) as a time to study.

Please do not crucify me! Yes, I know three minutes is not enough, but I use this method in addition to the studying my child has done on his own. We all have our ways, and I have found that my child is more attentive when he knows telly time will be cut short if he cannot spell...

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Back to school routines


School is now back in session, and I don’t know about other households but this morning required a bit of extra effort. My little school goers dislike waking up, but I made sure my home was set up and ready for their day. Routines are an excellent way to lower childhood anxiety and encourage organisation and self-assurance. So today we present a bedtime and early riser routine that we love to use with our children because face it, no one likes to wake up early, but it is a must.

Start by pushing bedtime back five to ten minutes one week to a month before the start of the school year that way your child’s body clock gradually starts to adapt.

Be sure to prep the night before by

Packing the rucksacks

Packing your child’s backpack the night before saves time during their morning routine and ensures your child will have the needed materials to succeed in school. Once their bag is packed leave it next to their door so they can pick it up as soon as they are...

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You, Your Kids, and The Football World Cup!


The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the event that all football lovers have been waiting for. All eyes are focused on Russia, from June 14 to July 15.

We have some ideas to help you and your family make the most of the world cup.

Get out and play! 

Rediscover your childhood energy by heading to the park for a kick-about. Bring the kids out and share in their world cup excitement. It will do you good. Indeed, it is proven that doing physical activities helps reducing illnesses, keeping a healthy mind, being happier and having more coherent relationships. Also, it is a very good way to create stronger bonds with your kids.

Plan a family event 

Instead of staying at home watching the game, why not take the family out somewhere special. Most pubs and bars are not family-friendly so we have some suggestions of venues with a more chilled and relaxed atmosphere, with the possibility to make reservations: “The Grand” (in Clapham), “Vauxhall Street Food Garden” (in...

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Tips to beat the summer depression


Coming into summer, you might feel a little bit drowsy and unaccountably agitated. Don’t be too worried. Here are some ways to calm you down.

Clean your home

Dusting your house, hand-washing your clothes, decluttering your wardrobe, and buying some fresh food are the best remedies. While cleaning your house, you are also cleaning your minds and diverting your attention away from the heat.


Although it might be hot outside, open your window and let in some fresh air. Take a deep breath and feel the air in your lung. Exhaling and inhaling deeply can induce tranquility.

Declutter your minds

You can start by playing some soft music. Pleasant music can help cool your minds down. Try to clear your minds by writing down unfinished tasks. Prioritize the most important things and let go the least important ones. And don’t forget to breathe!


Happy summer!

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A Peek into the Royal Childcare


Duchess Catherine and Prince William are welcoming their third royal baby. While they are busy taking care of the newborn prince, it’s a good time for us to peek into their ways of taking care of children.

Communication is key

The royal parents make sure that their children start networking when they are young. If the parents are away. They dedicate time for royal kids to interact and play with each other. If they are away, the royal nanny will be the one to talk and tell stories to little princes and princesses.


All royal mothers are required to breastfeed their royal babies. This is of course for the health of the babies. Even the Queen has breastfed her babies!

No nappies

Sounds weird, doesn’t it? The English royal family doesn’t use disposable nappies but fabric ones. This might be because they have time and effort to wash nappies and because this is a more eco-friendlier choice.

No trousers

Royal children only...

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Having Fun Painting Easter Eggs? Need Help To Remove Dye Stains?


Looking forward to painting some Easter eggs with your kids or friends during the Easter break? Easter egg dye can be rather painful if they stained your hands or your clothes. Here is the guide to remove these stains. The golden rule is to remove the stains as soon as you can. 

Firstly, here is a quick tip on preserving Easter eggs. Applying UV spray paint after each layer of dye helps to extend the lifespan of the dye on Easter eggs.

How to clean dye stains on your hands?

You can prevent stains by wearing rubber gloves. If you do get stains on your fingers, you should soak your hands in warm water as soon as possible. Then apply either a little scoop of baking soda and white vinegar or your toothpaste in your palm and gently rub against your hands. Don’t worry if the stains didn’t come off at once. They will, eventually.

On your clothes?

OK, this is the tough one. Please do not try to be fancy while painting...

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How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Your Kids


The Mayor of London has announced a range of events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) in central London and Trafalgar Square. The celebration will last for two days from March 16th to March 18th. Are you ready to dress your children and yourself in shamrocks and dive into the celebration?

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

An interesting fact about the parade is that the tradition didn’t start in Britain but in America. In 1762, several Irish soldiers marched several blocks to a tavern in lower Manhattan, which marks the beginning of the long tradition. This year in London, the parade will begin at Greek Park and pass through Piccadilly and White Hall with vibrating Irish music and energetic Irish dance.

Family Zone – Pall Mall East

Pall Mall East, next to Trafalgar Square, on 17 March from 12-6pm will have a range of fun events and activities designed for families, including education on St. Patrick’s Day history, performances of fairytales...

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas


March is a gift shopping month. Mother’s Day is on March 11th and Easter starts at the end of March. That’s a lot of gifts to plan for. Today, let’s start with the toughest one, Mother’s Day gifts.

YOU are the Best Gift

There are a lot amazing gift ideas. However, keep in mind that company is always the best gift. If you haven’t seen your mother for a while, book a restaurant now and schedule a dinner with her on Mother’s Day. If you are too tangled in work to spare some dinner time, call her now and ask about her life.


Your Mother Also Needs to Slow Down

Relaxation and free time are incredibly desirable in this busy city. Buying your mother some relaxing time can really flatter her. Book her a reliable cleaner to free her from tedious housework; buy her a sound bath and give her mind some deep meditation.


Care About Her Health

Gym membership is always on the top list for a healthy...

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Get ready for Spring: Cashmere Care Guide


Spring is the season when everything comes back to life. As temperature rises, thick cashmere sweaters can be put away. However, before you start doing that, proper cleaning is necessary. It is recommended to wear a piece of cashmere knitwear several times before you wash it. You don’t have to bring it to dry cleaning. TidyChoice provides you an alternative method which enables you to wash it gently and professionally at home.

1st Spot Cleaning

Before washing the luxurious material, deal with the stains first. Gently use the damped cashmere brush to apply cashmere stain remover onto the spots. Leave the item for several minutes to allow the solution to completely dissolve the stains.

2nd Hand Wash

Soak your item in a clean basin filled with cool water. Add cashmere shampoo into the basin and gently massage your item for several minutes. Let it bathe in the solution for 30 minutes before you take it out. The Laundress provides great cashmere care products. If you...

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Feng Shui Basics for a More Harmonious Chinese New Year


Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that emphasises the importance of your surroundings in determining various aspects of your life, including your mental and physical health, success, relationships, and prosperity. Your home and how it is decorated are key to your life’s improvement.

The first step to increasing the flow of positive energy around your house is the removal of clutters. Through removing things that you do not use and making your home more spacious, you are removing obstacles that prevent chi from flowing freely around your residence. Moreover, as a byproduct of your de-cluttering labour, your house will look cleaner and tidier.

To introduce further positive energy into your home, allow your house to receive more fresh air and natural light. Make use of your windows, and open up your curtains a little bit more. Natural lights will help you see things more clearly, while also reducing the need to rely so much on electricity.

Mirrors, when...

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What to do with your child this February


Half-term is coming soon, and many children will surely want to do something special with their parents during their February holiday period. Therefore, in this post, we think that it would be a great to share our top five family activities that parents could do with their child in London this winter half-term.

1. Orchids Festival

From 10th February to 11th March 2018, Kew Gardens is bringing back its Orchids Festival to London for the 23rd year. Explore the magnificent and colourful tropical flowers in one of London’s best parks. Give yourself a chance to walk in the outdoors with your children, and have an educational experience learning more about the flowers’ use in Thai medicine and culinary culture.

2. Chinese New Year

The Year of the Dog is arriving on the 16th February, and it promises to be a great one. Enjoy the vivid and jubilant festivities marking the beginning of the new lunar year in Leicester Square. Then try some Chinese...

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New Year redecorating: small changes for a big difference in your home


Now that we’re in a new year it’s the ideal time to freshen things up in your home. You don’t have to spend fortunes as there is plenty that you can do yourself, including changing wall colours, moving things around and adding a few new furnishings. Let’s check how you can implement these small changes and a make a big difference in your home.

A splash of colour

Re-decorating is one of the best ways to completely change the look of your home, and you can do it yourself. Whether you want to freshen up your entire house, an individual room or just create a feature wall in your living room, a lick of paint can work wonders. Get some samples and try different shades out to see what you like and then get stuck in. Something that often puts people off painting is the lingering smell, but once you know how to get rid of paint smell you’ll be more than ready to get going.

Fresh soft furnishings

In the same way that painting a room can...

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New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Improve Your House’s Well-Being


2017 has ended and 2018 has arrived. The beginning of a new year is a great time for us to reevaluate our life choices and habits and start afresh. We may regret some past decisions or want to change our lifestyles. But among all the possible new year’s resolutions that you can think of, what are some of the things you could do to improve the well-being of your own house?

Keeping your house clean and tidy is not only good for the aesthetic presentation of your home. It is also beneficial for your mental and physical health. In an organised house, you will be able to find lost items more easily. In a properly cleaned home, you will also be less likely to catch illnesses or experience allergic reactions caused by germs and dust.

So what are some resolution ideas to improve the state of your home this new year?

  • Dust and hoover your house once a week

Dust does not only make your house look bad and cause allergic reactions. It can also...

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Pre-Christmas Decluttering: The Why and the How


Christmas is coming in less than two weeks, and many people are now in their full Christmas-preparation mode. However, besides doing your Christmas shopping and decorations, readers should consider adding a small but highly rewarding task to their festive to-do list. This extra task that we are referring to is pre-Christmas decluttering.

Why Declutter Pre-Christmas?

Christmas provides a perfect reason to declutter your house. As the holiday season arrives, you may be expecting many guests to visit your home. Cleaning your house thoroughly is not enough to present your living space to invitees in its most inviting state. Clean houses can still look messy and unorganised, and you don’t want guests to perceive your house that way. Pre-Christmas decluttering is the key to improving your home’s appearance through the removal of unnecessary items from your house.

Ensuring the organisation of rooms which guests will be making...

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Preparing for the Halloween Clean-Up: What You Need to Know


Trick or Treat?

That is the phrase that is most associated with the Halloween season. However, do not get overjoyed by the nice little smiles directed at you by cute dressed-up children as they stand in front of your house asking for sweet treats. It is common knowledge that tricking is a relatively standard practice, even among the loveliest-looking zombie in town.

This October, TidyChoice’s blog brings you some advice on how to deal with the most scary thing about Halloween – the tricksters’ mess.


Eggs are among the most common instruments used by Halloween pranksters. When your house is egged, its wall will be left with a sticky liquid mess that requires special cleaning techniques to deal with.

To resolve this situation, clean the mess as soon as possible, as sunbaked yolks can easily stain your wall. Begin by applying warm water to the bottom of your siding and work upwards to the eggs’...

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Back to School: Wardrobe Wars


Part of going back to school may mean the age-old morning struggle of getting your children dressed in the morning. The budding fashionista may throw a tantrum if the outfit isn’t what she wanted or you might have a child that insists on wearing the same shirt day after day. Moreover, a child might even refuse to get dressed in the morning! This can throw the entire household into chaos.

Here are a few tried and tested methods to solve these problems:

  • Plan Ahead! Waiting to choose and outfit is a sure-fire way of failing. Pick out an outfit the night before and get it approved by your child. This will save you valuable time in the morning. You can eve spend some time on Sunday and make sure that the wardrobe for the coming week is sorted!
  • Allow the Children to choose! Giving your children the power to choose their own outfits minimises the morning chaos. It will save you time and won’t drive you insane in the morning. It may even help your child become more...
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Back to School: Get your homework done!


Summer’s almost over…hang up the flip flops…It’s back to school!

School’s about to open and there’s a rush to get everything sorted. Buying stationary, clothes and bags, getting ready for the first day is quite a nerve racking experience. On top of all that, it’s worrisome, thinking about how to get the children to do their homework!

In these times of peril, we have a few tips to help you solve that last problem!

  • Rely on Routines! This is one of the best ways to make sure that children do not skip their homework. Avoid the nightly conflicts by setting up a dedicated time for homework during which, the TV’s off and the books are open! However, remember older children need some flexibility in terms of timing as they have heavier workloads! So be mindful of that.
  • Establish a Homework Centre! The old days of a desk facing the wall, with nothing but pen and paper on it are gone. The rise of technology means that children...
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3 Tricks to manage Summer


Schools’s out, that means chaos in the house. It’s not easy having a full time job and making sure your kids are well looked after too.

Here are some tips and trick from us to help you out this summer.

  • Schedule Everything! Looking after children is one aspect of life where spontaneity is probably not the best of ideas. It leads to last minute rushes to the supermarket, laundry piling up and sometimes even unhealthy dinners! So, spend some time on Sunday to plan out your week. It’ll surely keep things running on a schedule.

  • Have your kids do something Fun! While it’s quite easy to think that time off from school, should be just that..TIME OFF! Engaging in productive activities around their areas of interest will help children develop skills for the upcoming year. So, get them to read a book, play a sport or go to summer camp. After all, “An idle brain is the devils workshop!”

  • Spend quality time with the kids! During...

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Summer Checklist


School’s out, the kids are off and travels in. Vacation beckons and there’s mayhem in the house. It’s easy to let chores slide. This season comes around only once a year after all.

Don’t let things pile up though. It’s much easier to keep things running on schedule with a few simple tricks. Organisation is key.

1. Prepare the first-aid kit! With the kids at home, you never know what to expect. Small medical emergencies involving scrapes and bruises are inevitable. Make sure, the medicine cabinet is all stocked up. Dispose of any expired medicine and make sure that there is a healthy supply of bandages and hot/cold packs to last you this summer holiday season.

2. Plan ahead for vacation: Start making a list of all the essentials for you vacation. Last minute fumbling about often means forgetting something important. The more prepared you are, the better your vacation.

3. Look around for a babysitter: Babysitters are in high...

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Summer cleaning is not your ordinary cleaning


Kids are about to finish school for the summer, and you’re about to face the biggest mess of the year!

Summer cleaning is not quite the ordinary cleaning you do during the year. This is the time to give your home a complete makeover or plan that deep clean. It is important that you do this to discover what you might have been hiding under your bed or on top of your cupboards.

With the British summer approaching and the days getting warmer, you will have to rearrange your house to suit you best. When the sunshine starts beaming through the window and makes all the dust on your desk visible you may feel the urge to clean. So, whether it’s making space for the new fans or cleaning your window sills to allow you to open the windows with ease, it’s time for a change.

However, prior engagements like a trip to the beach, parties with the colleagues or a day out with the family leaves you with no time to clean. Have you considered getting some professional help?...

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Things to do on Father’s Day


With Father’s Day just around the corner, you know you want to plan something nice for him, but just can’t think of ideas. We have the solution for you. Here are some quick ideas of how you can make this Father’s Day special for him.

Take him out for a meal

It is amazing how in your busy lifestyle, sometimes, you struggle to make time and have a sit-down meal with your dad. A simple gesture of taking him out for a meal to spend some quality time can make this Father’s Day special for him.

Plan a day out with him

There is a lot going on in and around London this weekend to make this Father’s Day fun for the both of you.

  • Head to the food festival – Taste of London in Regent’s Park

Here you can try some of the amazing different cuisines from some of the London’s best restaurants.

  • Gift him a spa treatment – Men appreciate such relaxing endeavours too

A spa is no longer a women-centric activity but has now become a...

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Don’t clean on Lunar New Year! (and other quirky Lunar New Year traditions)


London has just experienced one of its most festive weekends filled with firecrackers, lanterns, lion dances, and lots and lots of Chinese food. What is the special occasion you may ask? It is of course, none other than Lunar New Year!

With celebrations happening all around the world, people are getting increasingly familiar with the stories and legends behind this tradition. However, in many households, the New Year is also filled with superstition and taboos, which are strictly observed in hopes of receiving good fortune for the rest of the year. A few of the most surprising ones include:

1. Don’t clean on New Year’s Day

House cleaning should be done before New Year, making sure to clean the whole entire house. On the day itself, all cleaning equipment such as dustpans, brooms, and mops need to be stored away. It is believed that sweeping the dust out might sweep away all the good fortune for the year.

2. Don’t wash hair

One less thing to do! In Mandarin, there...

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4 things fireworks can buy you


The US spends $675 million on fireworks annually – that is over £550 million! Here at TidyChoice despite being fans of Guy Fawkes night, we are also curious to see where else this money could be spent.  We have compiled a list of items (some that may be cleaning related), that you could buy for 550 million pounds.


The World’s Most Expensive Vacuum Cleaner

If you can afford this vacuum cleaner you may be filthy rich, but at least your carpet will be spotless! For the cheap price of 800,000 you have the perfect machine for cleaning up those loose wads of cash lying around your home. This vacuum cleaner is ideal for yacht decks, stretch-limousines interiors and red carpets.

Diamond Massage

You have booked a cleaner using TidyChoice and now have a couple of hours spare – why not have a Diamond Massage?  For the small price of $100,000 you could experience a cleansing, jewel-encrusted massage. During this treatment, 1.5 carat diamonds are...

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How to clean up after Halloween


Cleaning can sometimes feel like a nightmare, with messy situations that will send shivers down your spine. After Halloween, when children have left their half-eaten candy in unimaginable places, the prospect of cleaning can be haunting. But don’t get scared, because here at TidyChoice we have fang-tastic solutions to aid you in your cleaning horrors.


Despite being your best-friend when you are in need of comfort, chocolate to clean up can be a blood-curdling experience. After Halloween you may find your living-room strewn with sticky remnants of unpopular chocolates like Bounty and Galaxy Caramel. If you want help cleaning up this mess, follow our tidy instructions.

First, allow the chocolate to harden. This may sound counterintuitive, but removing hardened chocolate is much easier than cleaning it when it is sticky. Next, after picking away as much chocolate as you can, treat the stain with dishwasher liquid and water. Blot-out the stain using a light-coloured...

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Cleanest Boroughs of London


Considering its size, London is one of the cleanest cities in the world. At TidyChoice we are proud of this and, as a result, we have taken the liberty to list what we consider to be the cleanest boroughs of London.


Hackney is one of London’s cleanest boroughs because of its high cycling population. In 2014 more residents cycled to work than who drove. Additionally, more residents cycled to work than in any other London borough. This is because the area is very cycle-friendly. All Hackney’s residential streets are 20mph zones and pavement parking has been removed from over 60 streets in the borough. These factors along with many others have made cycling much safer and the environment much cleaner. At TidyChoice we are very impressed!


Croydon understands that first impressions matter. As a result, they have a zero tolerance policy to littering. In 2013/14 they spent £300k on cleaning-up fly-tips and picking-up 354kg of...

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Whilst it’s warm…


Now Team GB has landed back in the United Kingdom, we would just like to congratulate everyone for their amazing efforts! We came back holding 27 Gold – 23 Silver – 17 Bronze! Brilliant! Now it’s time for the Paralympics, we’re very excited to see our performance once again.

Today, the highest is 30 degrees and it feels good. Though people are at work, we need to make the most of this heat! But before I go on a tangent informing you on the latest, I would just like to announce that housekeeping services are available on TidyChoice! So if you ever need a hand with anything, as well as cleaning, take a look at people on TidyChoice.

Buckingham Palace

Remember when we mentioned that Buckingham Palace is open to the public? Well it’s still open! Take a peek at the state rooms! We think you’ll be amazed. Read more about it here:

In for a laugh?


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A Summer in London


British summers are very temperamental, I think we all know that. But recently, England has been struck with a heatwave that has undoubtedly left us in a bit of a fluster. I can’t remember the last time it was this hot! We know cleaning isn’t the best of duties, especially in the middle of Summer! We found some tips and tricks online that may help you with your summerly chores! Alternatively, have a look at TidyChoice for independent cleaners, where they are reviewed by the public for you!


While you may have your citrus fruit in your water to quench your thirst, use your left overs to clean fixtures! One example of using your citrus fruit is to rub half a lemon over your steel faucets then wipe it off with a microfibre cloth. You can do this in replacement to your other faucet-cleaning products, it may be cheaper and it will help the environment!

The Grill

We hope this summer most people will be able to have a barbecue. It is the...

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A Visit to the Palace!


Every Summer, Buckingham Palace opens up its State Rooms to the public. This year is no exception and will be hosting the event from 23rd of July all the way to October 2016. Although it would be absolutely amazing to see the queen, we don’t think she will be there to offer you a cup of tea. But you will be able to see nineteen State Rooms! All of the rooms are encompassed with the Royal Collections of gifts and treasures from across the globe, and across the years.

Not only will you explore the State Rooms, but your ticket also grants you entry to Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from the Queens Wardrobe! This event expresses how the Queen reigned the country through her fashion pieces, which would be fantastic to see! Both her Wedding Dress and Coronation Dress will be on show for the first time ever!

Now here’s a question: How many cleaners does it take to clean Buckingham Palace?! We think it is quite a great number.



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International Woman’s Day


This International Woman’s Day, we’re thanking the technology that launched the twentieth century women out of the private sphere of the home.

You might be surprised to hear that we don’t mean the megaphone.

Hoovers, and washing machines may be banal, but they radically transformed women’s lives. In 1965, the average woman spent 44 hours a week cleaning and managing the home. That’s easily the equivalent of a full time, and sadly unpaid, job. No holiday time, no sick pay – yikes. Today, thanks to technology, that’s now down to five and a half hours a week.

But is that too long? It’s still more than a man’s average of three and a half hours a week.

There’s certain influential female names that you’re bound to see a few times today, and one of those will be writer Virginia Woolf. She protested that “…a woman must have money and a room (with a lock and key) of her own.” Having an...

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The 7 Essential Scented Flowers For Their House and Garden This Mother’s Day


Whether you’re buying an armful of cut flowers in a bouquet or one to go in the garden now that the greenhouse has defrosted, scent is one of the biggest factor of why we buy flowers – not only do you bring something beautiful into your home, you get that natural essence that can’t be replicated out of a bottle.

Here at TidyChoice, we know people have pride in their homes, and so here are 7 flowering plants you can give this Mother’s Day to the special woman in your life to bring something special into her home and garden.

1. Roses (The Traditional.)

The classic choice. Our fascination with roses reaches back past the famous War of the Roses that shaped England, through time all the way to the Roman period where there were public rose gardens and even back beyond that, to their birth a staggering 25 million years ago.

The scent is complex and fascinating, and has even been linked to improve memory with a German study finding it increased...

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TidyChoice: A last look back to 2015


2015 was a year for many celebrations. For some people that would be the year when the world met Caitlyn Jenner, the first sexually transformed man on the cover of Vanity Fair; others would argue that 2015 is the year when Ireland and the USA legalised same sex marriage; or even the best year of Taylor Swifts’ 1989 tour.


For the most part, 2015 was the year of digital revolution when the UK technology sector expanded significantly with 92% rise over the last year. According to StrategyEye, a global information service provider, London has now become the Financial Technology capital of the world.

Moreover, it is predicted that over the next ten years the number of digital technology companies in London is expected to rise to 45,000 and create more than £12 billion of economic activity, according to research by Oxford Economics.

Like many digital start-up companies in London, TidyChoice is riding the wave of digital revolution and has significantly...

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Having a hard time cleaning up your home this Christmas?


Christmas is a time for family traditions. It is the time of year when children hang up their stocking, shops are filled with Christmas songs and when family and friends come together to share centuries old customs.

We understand that during the holidays, things can get a bit messy. Usually, a sign of good Christmas is a messy household. However, thinking about cleaning up after the festivities  might put a dampener on the holidays.

Fortunately, there is help at hand. With TidyChoice, you can enjoy a sparkling and serene home after your holidays.

Booking has never been so easy. Simply enter your postcode and requirements and we will match you with a fully vetted, experienced cleaners who are passionate about their job.  You can select a one off cleaning after the busy season is over or a regular service that will leave you peace of mind.

Simply pick a cleaner that is right for you and enjoy a tidy, sparkling, and serene home with more free time. You can always...

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TidyChoice is a proud supporter of Social Enterprise UK


We are delighted to announce that we have joined Social Enterprise UK. We share SEUK’s vision of a world where social enterprise is the usual way of doing business. Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment.

We, at TidyChoice, are committed to improving the lives of both our customers and the professionals that register on our website. It is important that home care professionals are fairly compensated for the hard work that they do. That is why professional registered in our platform choose their own hourly rates and we ensure that they are paid those rates in full. Customers are free to choose the cleaning professional that is just right for them.

As well as creating harmonious homes, TidyChoice aims to improve people’s lives and empower both customers and home care professionals. We hope to have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities.


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Back to School


The day has come to mourn the summer months and welcome this busy time back into our lives. Yes, it’s back to school!

With the infinite amount of tasks that need to be done, from buying new uniforms and planning lunchbox ideas, how does one have the time to think about domestic cleaning? Well, to start with we have composed a list of the three essential ‘to-dos’, if you may, that will ensure a smooth back to school transition.

  1. Lunchbox planning: to make life a little easier, prepare lunches the night before so they are packed and ready to go in the (way too) early mornings!

  2. Set bedtimes: not just for your nocturnal children, but for you as well! This will help you avoid the half-awake delirium that ensues forgetting to pack your children’s P.E kits!

  3. Be organised: in every sense of the word. By allocating a space for your children to dump their school bags, planning times for dinner and (the always dreaded) homework and by keeping your...

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Domestic Cleaning: The Gender Gap


How much cleaning have you done in your lifetime? Think about how much time you could get back when you find a professional home cleaner that’s right for you…

Although we’d all like to think that we have evolved into a world of gender equality, recent household cleaning statistics suggest otherwise. According to the Daily Mail, women spend over a year and a half of their life (12,896 hours) cleaning, tidying and maintaining their home. Men, on the other hand, get away with dedicating only half of that time (6,448 hours) to household chores. These figures should be no surprise given that 20% of men admit to never having thoroughly cleaned their home and 16% admit to leaving household responsibilities to their partners. Nevertheless, these statistics are frightening! Especially given the facts about UK homes covered in our previous blog post. As a nation, we need to change the way we approach domestic cleaning.

Stop cutting corners when keeping...

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Our Homes: The Dirty Truth


How clean do you think you are? Prepare yourselves for the less than tidy reality and consider professional home cleaning services…

Recent research conducted by Rug Doctor has revealed shocking truths about the cleanliness of our homes. A survey distributed to thousands of UK homeowners, indicates that although a whopping 90% of the population have carpeted homes, 44% people have never deep-cleaned their carpet. Alongside the survey, they swabbed 30 carpets to get some idea of what exactly gets under our rugs. The results were horrifying; they found traces of just about everything, ranging from human and animal faeces to pneumonia and E coli. Many of these bacteria have been carried into homes through shoes, which are then left to fester in carpets that have been neglected for far too long.

Despite people becoming aware of these horrors, 41% still have no intention of removing their footwear when they enter their homes. Paul Fildes from Rug Doctor is...

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Have no fear, TidyChoice is here!


Stranded by Homejoy? Worried about what to do for your next house cleaning?

When Homejoy ceases operations at the end of July, many customers will be left stranded. How could a big international cleaning agency like Homejoy suddenly go out of business?

Like most agencies, Homejoy cleaners are contracted by them rather than actually employed by them. Agents charge the customer a fixed amount and pay cleaners a percentage, sometimes only 60%, of the total amount. The problem is that agency cleaners are not truly independent and cannot choose their own rates or working conditions. Homejoy faced legal proceedings to classify their cleaners as employees, which would have increased their costs significantly. Consequently, they decided to cease operations. There is a risk that other cleaning agencies will suffer the same fate. What can you do to ensure that you are not stranded if your cleaning company goes bust? The answer is to book your professional home cleaner directly.


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Calling All Bloggers!


Are you a home and lifestyle blogger? Do you live in London? Interested in testing our service and publishing your own honest review?

Who are we?

Here at TidyChoice, we connect people. We believe that technology can help and improve the relationship between customers and home care professionals. We provide a bespoke online matching service where people can search, find and instantly book trusted cleaning professionals in their local area. All available cleaning professionals are fully vetted.

How can you help?

We are an ambitious start-up looking for bloggers that share our passion for family, lifestyle and all things household related! We would like you to:

  • Try out our service (free of charge) and post about your experience
  • Host competitions to publicise our service

Help us and we’ll help you. There are several ways in which we may reward those that choose to support TidyChoice.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like some more information, please get...

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TidyChoice is hiring: Head of Marketing


Please note that this position has now been filled. We are no longer accepting applications.

Job Description

TidyChoice is a fast growing technology company. We are building a leading brand in the multi-billion home care services market. We are disrupting the market with a unique online marketplace solution.

You will have broad responsibility for coordinating all marketing activities to support our growth in London and eventually scale up the business. You must have experience in multi-channel marketing and expertise in digital marketing. You should feel comfortable working in dynamic start-up environments.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage our digital marketing campaigns and social media presence
  • Help coordinate PR activities to raise brand awareness
  • Help optimise the website for SEO and CRO
  • Create and coordinate high-quality and compelling content across a number of channels (e.g.  Blog, website, social media, email, events, sales collateral)
  • Identify, prioritise and execute...
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The TidyChoice App is now available on the Google Play Store


We are happy to announce that TidyChoice is now directly accessible via its own tablet/mobile app for Android devices.

With this app, customers and cleaners will have the full functionality of the website with the convenience of having everything at the tip of their fingers fingers anywhere they go.

No more Google search, no more typing web addresses.

The app can be downloaded from the Play Store.

It is completely free. iPhone and iPad, Windows phone/tablet and BlackBerry apps will be coming soon.

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Where to find free advice on all property related matters


1ROOF ( is a new digital service that gives free advice on a whole range of property related matters. Their website contains complete guides on how to add value to, and maintain your home. The guides give practical advice and tips on extensions, renovations, decorating and building repairs. You can also get their experts to answer your specific property questions. There is guidance on hiring property related services, such as architects, surveyors or home cleaning, and listings of recommended and trusted companies. TidyChoice is proud to partner 1ROOF as a recommended cleaning company.

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TidyChoice rebrands!



It’s a big day for us! We’re excited to unveil our bright new logo and beautiful new website. We wanted our new look to reflect the friendly, personal and trustworthy service that our network of cleaners provides to their customers. We also shortened the journey to book a cleaner so it is now even easier.

Our new branding reflects our core values and beliefs. At TidyChoice, we value home cleaning as an important personal service. We believe that every customer and cleaner is different and that good cleaners understand the individual needs of their customers and care about delivering a personal service. We aim to offer an honest and trustworthy service that provides an equitable deal for both householders and housekeepers. Our technology should improve the lives of both householders and cleaners.

We hope that you like our new branding and would be happy to refer our service to your friends. We are a small company with a relatively small marketing budget so we are...

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One lofty 2015 New Year’s resolution that you’ll keep



After some Christmas overindulgence, we often get carried away with wildly aspirational vows to change our lives for the better. We assess our fitness regimes, eating habits and work/life balance to look for improvements. We then make promises to lose weight, save money and enhance our careers in a bid to become better people.

However, it’s important to be selective and realistic with our resolutions. A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning. Psychologists suggest that our best chance of success is having specific goals related to changes in behaviour. “I will go the gym twice a week” will work much better than “I will keep fit”.

Sometimes our homes and loved ones can get overlooked in New Year’s resolutions. It is difficult to come up...

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The day when chaos visited my home – A customer story


Everyone moves on. One day, my fabulous and faithful cleaner of many years announced that she was moving back to her home country. My heart sank and I knew that a tsunami of chaos was about hit my normally pristine and orderly home. I needed a quick solution but I knew that finding a trusted replacement was not going to be an easy task.

My first port of call was to ask my friends and neighbours if they could recommend a good cleaner. Some were not terribly complementary about their current cleaners but one of my friend’s cleaners sounded like the perfect solution. Unfortunately, she was fully booked. I suspected that this might be the case for the very best cleaners.

Next, I turned to the traditional cleaning agents. They came to my place and gave me an estimate of the time required and likely cost (which was much more than my previous cleaner). They sent me a cleaner from a pool of cleaners that they manage. Whilst I was paying more than before the quality of cleaning was...

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