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Clean as a whistle: How entrepreneur Rachel Claypool brings harmony to homes and the environment



As a child, I remember asking my mother what she wanted for her birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas, or whatever cause for gift-giving arose. She would always reply with the same request, “A clean house.”


As a teenager, I remember rolling my eyes as I heard the familiar response wondering why my mother felt this idea of 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 - and gloriously at the same time - I 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 just once a year.


Earlier in the year, an all-call on Facebook for a referral yielded several results and a friend messaging me to tell 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, her staff was responsible, thorough, kind, loved animals, and they worked their butts off.


“Plus, she uses non-toxic handmade cleaning products that actually work,” my friend assured me.

Rachel Claypool of Clean, Inc.

So, I hired Rachel and found not only were the rave reviews about her business true, 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 I had knowing toxic chemicals weren’t used on the surfaces which always inevitably stirred up allergies from other companies.


In my mission to share amazing women in our community, I interviewed Rachel to get the story behind her business and just exactly why her staff exuded an energy that left my house not only clean as a whistle but downright happier!


Sitting down with Rachel, I learned she had been bitten with the cleaning and organizing bug at a young age.

“I remember when I was 8 or 9, my chore was to help clean the bathrooms. I’d shut myself in there for hours at a time, pretending to show people how to clean & which product to use,” Rachel laughed out loud at the memory. “My mom loves to tell the story of how she lost track of me in the grocery store one time when I was five, and she found me organizing the cheeses in the refrigerated section!”

“So, yes, I have been a cleaning nerd since a very young age.”

With career beginnings starting in Education, Rachel taught at a private school for three years before the pull of starting her own business began to surface.


“I loved my students, but it just wasn’t for me,” explained Rachel.


After she quit teaching, Rachel decided to put her natural talent to work and use it to help others. She wasn’t sure what she was looking for when she quit teaching at 26, but the enthusiastic entrepreneur knew she wanted her company to be different from others in the marketplace.


“I wanted to create a company that paid its employees well and treated them like the rockstars they are. It was more about building a company for people who may not have the means or ability to go to college, but they were still hard workers willing to put in the time and effort and be paid well for their work.”


Rachel knows the balancing act of working through college and she was determined to help other women, just like herself, make a decent living for the hard work they do each day.


But finding the right team for the job took a while.


“It takes a special person who actually loves cleaning and wants to form a connection with the clients,” explained Rachel. “Also, someone who wants to see the business grow and helps in any way they can, instead of trying to build their own company behind your back... Yes, that’s happened to me twice!”

Rachel's nail game is STRONG. ;)

Despite the challenges, Rachel keeps a high level of expectations from the people she hires and personally trains each team member to curate an exceptional staff.


“It’s such a personal job, going into people’s homes, so it’s a long process to find a team of employees who not only work hard every day, they’re dependable and trustworthy.”

Rachel speaks highly of her right-hand woman, Adelina.


“She’s been with me for a year and a half now, and Adelina leads one team while I lead the other. She’s honest to a fault, hard-working, reliable, I could go on and on. I was actually about to give up on hiring people when she was placed in my path last June. Literally an angel sent from God to save my business! I remember a few weeks after I hired her, she was still in training, and every time I turned around to assign her a task, she’d already done it! That woman can read my mind.”


Beyond stellar employees, Rachel has also curated her own cleaning supplies exclusively used by her teams.


Handmade in small batches, Rachel was moved to make her own products after she herself started experiencing uncomfortable symptoms: headaches, watery eyes, and worst of all, her lungs were starting to burn.


“After being exposed to harsh chemicals all day, every day, I was beginning to see the harm in most everyday cleaning products,” Rachel commented. “So I hopped on my computer and I researched - and researched some more - and experimented - and failed - and tried again and failed. Until finally, I created what is now my formula no. 1 {cleanse}.

Some might question the effectiveness of natural cleaning products but Rachel’s powerhouse blends take on soap scum like nothing else.


“Seriously, you can use it on bathtubs, shower walls, toilets, sinks, caked-on stove grime, grout, mildew...it's just amazing,” Rachel boasts. “I even use it for carpet stains & clothing treatments. plus, the scent of eucalyptus & lemongrass makes it that much more enjoyable (and not overpowering for those sensitive to smell and fragrances) to use.”


Clean, Inc. is attracting like-minded clients. The clean-living lifestyle is alive and well, with an emphasis on using non-toxic products that contribute to a safe home.


“It’s a joy to go into work each day,” said Rachel. “Our clients make it wonderful and they treat us with such respect and gratefulness. I’ve worked for other cleaning companies before and that is not always the case in service industries.”


The Modern Domestic Woman would like to take one task off your plate this holiday season and give you a CLEAN HOUSE! We're proud to partner with Clean, a professional and personal women-owned business in the Western Suburbs of Chicago in Kane County that uses all-natural and hand-made cleaning products.

One winner will be gifted a complimentary quote and one (1) $100 house cleaning from Clean. Please note, you must live in Kane County, Illinois, to be a winner.

To enter visit www.mdwcares.com/clean-house-giveaway. Entries will be accepted from November 21, 2019 - November 26, 2019, and announced on November 27, 2019. One entry per household, please.





​A version of this article was originally published on November 21, 2019, in the Kane County Chronicle.