Cleaning Gene – House Cleaners Special DNA

Cleaning gene – is it something special only professional house cleaners have? Or does everybody have the cleaning gene?

Today on #AskaHouseCleaner we look at what separates the DIY cleaner who hates to clean from maids who love to clean.

Angela Brown, The House Cleaning Guru talks about cleaning DNA and the cleaning gene. Why some people clean and can’t stop, and those who love to clean. It’s not just maids and housekeepers. 

Today’s tips will show you how to get the cleaning “it” factor.

Today’s show sponsor is https://HouseCleaning360.com

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Hey there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer.
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Question: Cleaning Gene – House Cleaners Special DNA or Do I Have it?

 Today’s question comes from someone who asks this. “Why is it that house cleaners can go out and clean house every day and I can’t clean my house at all? Do they have some special kind of gene that I’m missing?”

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Answer: Cleaning Gene – House Cleaners Special DNA or Do I Have it?

Cleaning Gene double helix dna

The answer is no they don’t, but they do have systems. 

And so if you wake up every day and you don’t want to clean you’re just like everyone else. They’re few people that wake up every day and go “Oh goody I get to go clean today.”

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Cleaning is Their Job

If cleaning is your job then as a  house cleaner you show up every day. This means that you are more familiar with cleaning tasks. 

There’s a saying that says: “That what you persist in doing becomes easier to do. Not that the nature of the thing has changed, but your ability to do has increased.”

So what that means is the more you do something, the easier it becomes for you.

You know what to expect, you know what kind of cleaning chemicals you’re going to need. You know how long the job is going to take and you can jump in almost in automatic mode and complete those tasks.

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House Cleaners Have Stronger Cleaning MusclesCleaning Gene arm muscle

And so, the house cleaners that show up every day don’t have a special gene, it’s more like a muscle. And the more they exercise that muscle the stronger they become.

So let’s say that you go to the gym every day. You are going to have days when you wake up tired. You are not going to feel like working out. But, if you show up anyway and start your routine, that muscle memory kicks in. The muscles know how to respond. 

And you’ll get halfway through the workout when it hits you like, “Hey I’m so glad to be here. I’m glad to be doing this.” And then you get back in the groove and back in the zone.

But you have to show up to start that process. You have to trigger that muscle memory.

And so, it’s the exact same thing with house cleaning. They have routines every day that they follow. 

How You Can Build Your Cleaning Muscle

Skipping Chores bedroomI would recommend that you start building routines. The first one can be to start making your bed. This is a great place to start. 

As you start to make your bed, your muscle memory will kick in. And you’ll say “oh yes, I should pick up the clothes. I should pick up the pajamas, I should hang up that sweater, I should put those books back on the bookshelf.”

There will be little things that you will do without even knowing it because your mind just knows what to do next. By following these routines, you will have a clean and tidy home. 

Don’t Wait Around for the Gene

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Don’t wait around for the gene because if you’re lucky it will only hit you one day a month.

People have biorhythmic cycles. One day a month, for whatever reason, it will kick in. They will go wipe down a cupboard, and then they will straighten up the dishes. The next thing you know they’re cleaning out the cupboards. And then they’ve cleaned the entire kitchen and its 2 o’clock in the morning.

That is not the time to be cleaning your house. But this weird muscle memory thing hit you. Like I said it’s biorhythmic. It’s usually about one day a month for most people where you’re super productive. There you are cleaning the bathrooms, cleaning the kitchen and vacuuming and tidying up.

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Routine Every Day

If you start that process every single day, even on days when you don’t feel like it, that muscle memory will kick in.  And you will have your routine down.

And before you know it, your whole house will be clean and tidy.

So, it’s not a special magic gene it’s a system and it’s a routine.

That’s it for today. And until we meet again leave the world a cleaner place than when you found it.

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Angela Brown, The House Cleaning Guru // Founder of SAVVY CLEANER // Author of the book: How to Start Your Own House Cleaning Company