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Woman quits her job to travel the world and clean grubby homes for free

Claire Reid

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Woman quits her job to travel the world and clean grubby homes for free

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A woman loves cleaning so much, she gave up her full-time job so she could travel the world and scrub homes for free.

Well, she’s welcome to come and give my house the once-over whenever she likes. You can see one of her incredible transformations here:

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Auri Katariina, 29, worked as a service manager for a cleaning company but in summer 2021 she decided she wanted a more hands-on cleaning role and quit her job to follow her dreams.

Auri, who could give Monica Geller a run for her money in the cleaning stakes, now visits people across the globe to help them clean up their filthy or cluttered homes.

Although initially being out of pocket while doing her free cleaning jobs - she’s since picked up sponsors, thanks to her viral videos, which cover her expenses.

Auri from Tampere, Finland, said: "I only clean for free - you can't buy my services and I won't ever charge anyone to clean their home.

Auri Katariina quit her job to clean homes for free. Credit: SWNS
Auri Katariina quit her job to clean homes for free. Credit: SWNS

"My dream is to clean for free all over the world, and help people whilst doing something I absolutely love.

"I've always loved cleaning, and I began posting videos online of me just cleaning my family and friends home's two years ago.

"Then one day, a woman asked me for help because she was struggling so much and her home was so messy.

"She had three kids and her husband had just taken his own life, so she was finding it really difficult. I was more than happy to help, I was excited actually and I wanted to help her.

"I went at a weekend and cleaned her home for two days. By the end she was crying and her kids were hugging me and thanking me.

"It was the best feeling ever. I could see the transformation in the house and how happy they were."

Now Auri picks where to clean from the requests she gets on social media, but chooses only the dirtiest, grimiest homes belonging to people most in need.

Her videos have racked up millions of views. Credit: SWNS
Her videos have racked up millions of views. Credit: SWNS

Her incredible cleaning jobs have turned Auri into a bit of a viral sensation and she now has more than seven million followers on TikTok, where she also shares cleaning tips.

She said: "When I go in, I always start with just taking all the rubbish out and decluttering all the surfaces.

"From there, I usually clean the hallways first so I can walk through, but honestly it doesn't matter where you start - just start!

"My biggest trick when cleaning is to use cling film - it's absolutely magical.

"If you have a dirty stove, put oven cleaner and cling film on it, wait overnight and the stains will melt away - the same goes for inside your oven.

"A lot of the time, it's not about a fancy product that you use, it's about the time and the tools.

"If you have limescale in your bathroom, a lot of people ask what product is best to use, but really the most important thing is a strong tool like a scraper and a metal scourer.

"I also wash my toilet and shower with just dish soap - it's the best product ever. It removes grease, and in the shower you of course have grease from your body so it can remove all of that.

She only chooses the filthiest and most cluttered house to clean. Credit: SWNS
She only chooses the filthiest and most cluttered house to clean. Credit: SWNS

"All you need for dust is a microfiber cloth and water, it removes 99 percent of everything, you don't need any product.

"In all my cleans I mostly only use a few very basic things. For products my top things are vinegar, dish soap, power paste from Scrub Daddy and oven cleaner.

"Then for tools I just use a scraper, a dish brush which is fantastic for tiny crevices, a duster, microfibre cloth, a scrub daddy sponge and a scourer.

"Companies will try and sell you a different cleaner for each room in your house, but it's not necessary."

Topics: Hacks, Real Life

Claire Reid
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