If you regularly hire house cleaners, you know what they usually do. They clean the same areas in the same ways pretty much every time they come by. That helps keep your home stay tidy and clean. However, there are a few special requests you might make of your maids. These are not requests that you should make all of the time, but they’re useful for spring cleaning or once a year special occasions. Understand that if you make special requests, you will need to schedule it ahead of time so they can adjust their schedules, and you will need to pay more for the additional time needed.

Clean the Dishwasher

It might seem counterintuitive to have to clean a dishwasher but they do need to be cleaned from time to time. Dishwashers are the perfect environment for bacteria and mildew to grow. They are warm, moist, and dark. They’re also full of crevices and traps that need to be cleaned. Cleaning them can be as simple as running the cycle with a cup of distilled white vinegar. In some cases, you might need to soak and scrub a filter. Ask your maid to do this once or twice a year. They might charge extra for this service but it’s worth it.


You need to clean the washer and dryer on occasion as well. They’re perfect environments for mildew and bacteria, much like the dishwasher. You can clean them in similar ways. Running a cycle of the washing machine with white vinegar will often kill any mildew that is growing. The maid might need to clean the seals around the doors to get to any mildew that might be trapped. Also, the lint trap in the dryer will need to be cleaned. Cleaning the lint from the trap itself is fairly simple. However, some lint can get stuck around the screen. This will likely need to be vacuumed out.

Under the Bed

It can sometimes be difficult to get under the bed. House cleaners often will not clean extensively under the bed because they don’t want to disturb your private things. Also, it can be somewhat difficult to get all the way under the bed with a vacuum. It could involve moving the bed. If you want that done, you’ll likely need to ask for it.

These are special requests you can make of your house cleaner. You shouldn’t ask for these things regularly, and you should be prepared for the house cleaner to say no. these are things that only need to be done occasionally; if you can’t get a maid to do them, it would be a good idea to do them yourself.