If you have a cleaning lady (let’s not be sexist, here – how about a cleaning man, too?!), tipping cleaning lady/man etiquette depends on whether they work for themselves or a larger company.
If your maid works for themselves (and owns their own company), then it is customary to tip them around the holidays. Tipping cleaning lady/man etiquette states you tip a week’s worth of normal pay. For example, if you pay your cleaning lady $50 a week to clean your house, you will give her a $50 tip. If you pay your cleaning lady $160 a month to clean your house bi-weekly, you will give her a $40 tip. However, when times are tight, never feel obligated to leave a cash tip for your cleaning person. But, remember that you do trust this person with your most valuable possessions (your home and its contents), and you obviously think highly of them, if you have put your trust in them and you continue to employ them. If you are unable to leave a cash tip, a homemade treat or craft along with a note expressing your thanks will also be appreciated.
If you use a cleaning service where different people are cleaning your house each time and you have no idea who is there one week to the next, it is not normal to tip, even around the holidays, Some people do leave out snacks and drinks for the cleaning crew. If you do this, leave a note for them so they know they are welcome to help themselves!
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