Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Main tricks for cleaning kitchens?

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For “kitchens,” Ehrenreich notices that the maids are instructed to use only half a bucket of water, meaning that by the end of a clean a maid will only be spreading dirt around. The key, it seems, is to make a kitchen (or any part of a house or apartment) look clean, and to this end The Maids employs a variety of tricks: spreading oil on the silverware to make it gleam, fixing up the ends of the carpets because they are the most visible parts, spraying air freshener everywhere, etc.