How an Ambitious House Cleaner Showed Thousands of People That Toilet Scrubbing Can Be a Noble Profession
Grace Reynolds overcame poverty and abuse to build Walla Walla, Washington's Handmaid Cleaning into a $500,000 business. Now she's the beacon to whom the world's cleaners flock. Editor's note: This tour of small businesses across the country highlights the imagination, diversity, and resilience of American enterprise. Vinegar on granite countertops is bad news.
The stigma on house cleaning is our society’s ignorance at work. It is a stigma that runs deep in all of us, from the beginning of time. We can trace its roots back generations – from our grandmothers work in the home, to Irish indentured servants and African slaves, to ancient times before the stories of servants could even be recorded and recognized today. What’s worse is that it’s still thriving, despite our modern times of democracy and recognition of civil rights.
This is a stigma of double standards, which labels house cleaners’ work as “unskilled” and “unimportant”, while demanding superior results that are only possible with refined skills and integrity. In short, “cutting off the nose to spite the face”. We are battling a stigma that demeans the very person, by attaching itself through the status of their livelihoods.
AHCA members are giving back to this movement that is transforming the world’s understanding toward our profession and helping us crush the stigmas surrounding the work of this trade.
The AHCA’s Handmaid Cleaning Community is leading the industry by its never-before-seen culture and family atmosphere! Despite the fears and pushback this community's unique approach still receives, it has become the largest, most supportive and informative professional cleaning community in the world! The community focus is bringing people together as a family, growing for the good of all who serve in this way, providing much needed support to professional cleaners new and old. We have to stop the stigma within ourselves. Let’s not be enemies. Let’s be friends, lean on one another, celebrate our success and be there during the losses. When we come together in this way, we’re effectively raising the respect for our trade. Together we are stronger. Stronger we are smarter. Smarter = we ALL win!
What is the AHCA?
The American House Cleaners Association is a member-based organization on a mission dedicated to raising the respect, recognition, and awareness of house cleaners everywhere. For the first time in history, there is an organized movement for the cleaners that is effectively changing the way society views the cleaning industry. Throughout history Cleaning has never been seen as the necessary or skilled work that is, but as only an expected and unskilled labor. Our mission is to change this ignorant perception and make a complete paradigm shift in our society by educating and opening the eyes of all people around the world to understand and finally have respect for the skilled and necessary role of cleaning as a professional trade, a respect this necessary and skilled work has always deserved.The AHCA is already changing the world's perspective on cleaning. From bringing the industry together in our Handmaid® Cleaning Community that continues to inspire a greater pride for the trade cleaner's provide their communities around the world to securing media for our members in their local service areas, to educating the public on why cleaning is a skilled and necessary trade, to our very controversial Stigma Series which stemmed from industry leaders having a skewed view on their own industry. We are a voice for ALL cleaners. But we need your help to reach the masses. "The voice of few won't be heard. The voice of many won't be silenced." -SM.
Why the AHCA?
AHCA Founders, Grace and Kevin Reynolds, are a husband and wife team with a growing family of eight children and the founders of the award winning and nationally recognized industry brand, Handmaid Cleaning. They have been named marketing experts by Facebook and have received the title and privilege of being life-time members of the nationally accredited Facebook SMB Council. Since being brought into the council in 2017, they have been invited to Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, and in Austin Texas, where they have been hosted multiple times to speak on stage and as expert panelists to share & teach business owners about the most cutting-edge technology in marketing today. Grace & Kevin have become the community leaders of the professional cleaning industry, industry social & tech entrepreneurs, and influencers. Although they could have taken many other routes and opportunities to "get out" of the cleaning industry - they are excited to use their expertise and connections to make a difference in an industry where change has always been needed, lead this national movement, and provide a new and more effective approach while revolutionizing the Cleaning Industry.
Utilizing their skills, knowledge, connections and established national authority, Kevin and Grace Reynolds are now inspiring and fostering a new respect for this trade nation wide by using their marketing and advertising skills by establishing the National Authority of the AHCA with the public. Promoting the Industry through creating events like National Professional House Cleaners Day, spotlighting cleaning services in their local communities, and working closely with developers utilizing the best & most advanced technology in the world, to reform and develop more affordable, accessible, and effective systems for the industry, making professionalism not only more attainable, but also making this trade more respected as a whole.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
- Become an official member of The AHCA for as little as $10 per month. Then be sure to include The AHCA logo in all of your advertising, and inform your clients that they are hiring an AHCA certified member.
- Join our FREE Handmaid Cleaning Community online and share your knowledge and support for 18,000+ cleaners worldwide.
- Wear #NotJustACleaningLady swag *Be prepared to share your story and The AHCA mission with folks while wearing it...You'll get lots of attention!
- Follow us on social media and spread the word to your friends and family (the more the merrier).
-Check out our missions page to see a few more ideas where you can submit your story for us to share, and learn more about each project!
ALL AHCA Memberships & Partnerships are BASED ON DIFFERENT, YET EQUALLY IMPORTANT, Projects of the AHCA that support and nurture its core mission, to raise respect and awareness for the value and skill of the professional cleaning trade.
Tap on the various icons below to visit each project-specific page to learn more about the mission of each one,
then join the AHCA project that means the most to YOU!