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An Extra Helping Hand for Busy Parents, Working Men and Women

By Kelly Church

Extra Hands Cleaning may be a new cleaning business in Midwest City, only nine months old, but owner Gwen Kemp is hoping she can give the community an extra helping hand when they need it. Kemp, who holds a business degree, says she looked for a little religious guidance on what her next steps should be after working for a different company. She says she is very happy with her decision.

"I asked God to show me what it was that I could do and enjoy doing, while making a living," Kemp said. "I needed for him to show me my talent because I already knew my gift. He showed me while I was working for another company, that I could enjoy stress-free work while making a most needed and positive difference in people's lives."

Kemp says she knows how challenging it can be to work, be a full-time parent and keep a home clean. That's where she comes in. She wants to help people come home to a clean space and enjoy their time away from work. Or, for those who work from home, she understands how essential it is to have a clean work space. "The aura of the office immediately changes when it is clean and dust free," she said.

Part of her effort to make a positive difference is also using the right products to clean people's homes. Kemp is a big advocate for using cleaning products that are safe for families and pets, ridding the home of harsh chemicals and toxins that can be hazardous to a person's health. Kemp even says she's noticed a difference in her own health since using environmentally-friendly cleaning products.

"I believe that we are unaware of what traditional cleaning products [do] to our bodies," Kemp said. "I learned that cleaning green doesn't only get out the gunk, it protects our belongings, our earth, our lives, our children's lives and our pets lives. The amount of toxins that we expose ourselves to when simply trying to be tidy and clean are ridiculous."

When Extra Hands Cleaning is hired general services include vacuuming, cleaning glass windows and doors, dusting, making beds and tidying rooms, dusting all decorative items within reach, cleaning blinds and emptying trash cans, in addition to more specific cleaning services in the kitchen and bathroom. Pricing depends on the square footage of the home, the number of pets that shed and live in the home, and the number of bedrooms. Kemp also offers commercial cleaning services for office buildings.

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