Run-of-the-mill cleaning jobs typically pay from minimum wage to about $25 an hour. But, if you want to do deep cleaning — scrubbing baby equipment; barbecues; dryer vents; or engage in other specialized cleaning jobs, you can often make a small fortune.

Here are the best places to find cleaning jobs of all types and what you can earn.

BabyQuip cleaning

Launched as a service that helps parents rent out their extra baby gear, BabyQuip added a cleaning service last year that charges parents between $40 and $60 an hour to clean their existing baby gear. The freelancers who do the work get 80% of that fee, so $32 to $48 per hour.

Notably, those who do these cleaning jobs regularly say they can complete a deep clean in less time than estimated, which boosts their hourly rates. They also get paid extra for pick-ups and drop-offs and other services. Learn more about BabyQuip here.


JiffyOnDemand charges $200 to have a three-burner barbecue cleaned; $300 to clean air conditioning ducts; and $150 for cleaning out a dryer vent. The freelancer/contractor who does this work takes home at least 82% of that fee, paying between 12% and 18% to the platform for finding the client and collecting payment. Unfortunately, Jiffy is only available in a few cities. Here’s the skinny on Jiffy.


TaskRabbit lets workers determine what services they offer and set their own rates. The helps by telling you what the average charge is for various services in your area, so you don’t price yourself out of competition.

If you’re willing to do “deep cleaning” jobs in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, for example, the site says the average freelancer charges $58 per hour. TaskRabbit is available in major cities nationwide. Learn more here.


Also widely available nationwide, Handy connects cleaners with standard cleaning work, which typically pay between $14 and $22 per hour. The main shortcoming of this site is that it fines workers if they’re late or cancel gigs. Learn more about Handy here.


It’s not a housekeeping app. It’s officially a social media forum, where users alert their neighbors about crime, lost dogs and community events. But, it’s become a great referral service for local contractors, ranging from housekeepers and babysitters to cabinet makers and plumbers.

If you have a local service, we recommend that you sign up and simply introduce yourself. A la: “Hi. I’m Mary. I live in the neighborhood and provide cleaning services for $25 an hour. Contact me if you’d like references.” Discover more about Nextdoor here.

Fairy and Tidy

Fairy connects housekeepers with clients in a few densely-populated cities who want a quick, hotel-like clean that takes just 30 minutes to an hour. Housekeepers are paid between $16 and $25 per hour. Tidy pays slightly more per hour. But we don’t recommend either site, mainly because they fine housekeepers for showing up late or cancelling. And they over schedule you so you’re likely to become subject to these penalties. You can learn more about Fairy here; and Tidy here.

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