Many people don’t know this about me, but one year when I was 14 I spent the entire summer helping one of my aunts clean hotels. It wasn’t a job that I liked or one that I would ever consider doing again, but it was definitely a character building experience. I learned a lot that summer, mostly how to avoid my aunt when I was supposed to be dusting, but I definitely found out that the cleaning business was not my calling.
I still remember the harsh smell of the janitorial cleaning supplies that we used to clean the rooms and the enormous amounts of product we would purchase at the industrial cleaning supply company we visited weekly. With all of the strong chemical smells it would have been nice if eco-friendly green cleaning supplies had been in use way back then, but sadly they were not so the smell of industrial cleaner will always bring back memories for me as crazy as that may sound.
As the years have passed I’ve never ventured into the cleaning business again, but after being a mom for ten years I definitely have a new found respect for the men and women who help make the places we all visit daily more presentable.
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