[Rachel Claypool has built her own St. Charles-based cleaning business. It includes developing a nontoxic product line. A contest for a free cleaning is underway.]
As a child, I remember asking my mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day, her birthday, Christmas or whatever cause for gift-giving arose. She always would reply with the same request, “A clean house.”
As a teen, I remember rolling my eyes as I heard the familiar response, wondering why my mother felt a clean house brought happiness.
Then I became a mother.
As our family grew, so did the chaos and, with it, an untidy home. There didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to check everything off my to-do list, let alone deep clean, raise the kids, finish the laundry, make dinner, work and enjoy life. In my 30s, my birthday was on the horizon and my husband asked me, “What would you like for a gift?” and I found the voice of my mother coming from my lips with a simple request: “A clean house.”
Remarkably, my husband listened to my wish and hired a cleaning company to swoop in and get to all the nooks and crannies I never could quite manage.
This splurge seemed so extravagant, yet as I sat in my home for the next few days with the entire house as neat as a pin, I gloriously felt an absolute wash of peace and contentment flow over me.
Life seemed a lot more manageable with this one task off my plate, and I vowed that one day I would be able to have this amenity in my life more than once annually.
Earlier in the year, an all-call on Facebook for a referral yielded several results, including a friend messaging me about a woman named Rachel Claypool, the owner of a St. Charles-based company called Clean Inc. who not only took pride in her work, but also had staff who were responsible, thorough, kind, loved animals and worked their butts off.
“Plus, she uses nontoxic, handmade cleaning products that actually work,” my friend assured me.
So, I hired Rachel and found that not only were the rave reviews about her business true, but also she was different from the other companies I had been gifted a cleaning from in the past. The entire team had a happy vibe about them.
I was relieved to come home at the end of a long day and actually relax, knowing I could spend time with my family guilt-free instead of laboring over the fact that something had to be cleaned.
An added bonus was the peace of mind from knowing toxic chemicals weren’t used on the surfaces. Previous companies' products inevitably had stirred up allergies.
In my mission to share amazing women in our community, I interviewed Rachel to get the story behind her business and why her staff exuded an energy that left my house not only clean as a whistle, but downright happier.