Regular household cleaning gigs can pay anywhere from minimum wage to upwards of $30 an hour. These hourly wages won’t make you rich, but it’s regular work and the demand is great. Better yet, the two sites we most recommend for finding regular household cleaning gigs — TaskRabbit and Nextdoor — won’t charge you a dime to market your services.


TaskRabbit lets workers determine what services they offer and set their own rates. The site 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.


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.


Also widely available nationwide, Handy connects cleaners with standard cleaning work, which typically pays 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.

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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