How much does house cleaning cost

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Before hiring a house cleaner, getting familiar with house cleaning prices in your local area is a good idea. That way, you know you're getting a fair price. 

The average house cleaning cost for a standard 3-bedroom home usually ranges between $70 to $138, but your cleaner might charge more or less. The cost of house cleaning depends on where you live, what kind of tasks you need, and how long it’s likely to take. 

This house cleaning price guide will break down everything you need to know about house cleaning rates in Australia based on our data from thousands of house cleaners and completed cleaning tasks. 

House cleaning prices for different types of cleaning services

House cleaners’ prices depend a lot on the type of house, the tasks, and how much work is involved. We’ve reviewed all our recent house cleaning tasks posted in the marketplace to give you approximate price guides for each. Check this house cleaning prices list for reference:

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Apartment Cleaning




Carpet Cleaning


Move-In Cleaning 


Ceiling Cleaning


Oven Cleaning 


Couch Cleaning


Rangehood Cleaning 


End of Lease Cleaning


Spring Cleaning 


Floor Cleaning


Tile & Grout Cleaning 


Fridge Cleaning


Window Cleaning 


House cleaning prices for different types of cleaning services

Average hourly house cleaning rates in Australia

The average hourly rate of a house cleaner depends on whether they’re employed (and their employer covers their expenses/tax/super) or they’re self-employed. Fairwork Australia has set the cleaning services award for employed house cleaners at the following rates:


Hourly pay rate

Public holiday rate

Cleaning service employee Level 1



Cleaning service employee Level 2



Cleaning service employee Level 3



Unless you’re planning to employ your house cleaner full-time (not likely!), these house cleaning rates per hour won’t apply to you. You’ll be engaging your cleaner as a contractor to come into your home for a few hours once off or on an ongoing basis every week or so. This means they’ll need to charge you higher rates because they’re covering their own expenses, including:

  • Their wage

  • Tax

  • Superannuation

  • Insurance

  • Travel expenses

  • Cleaning supplies

  • And more!

A lot of the time, your cleaner will need to charge you double or triple the standard award rate to cover the costs associated with running their own business. This means you can expect to pay around $40 to $60 per hour for a house cleaning contractor. So, when setting your budget for a task, remember the approximate number of hours it might take, and then multiply it by at least $40.

Average hourly house cleaning rates in Australia

What factors affect the cost of cleaning a house?

As you can see from our price guides above, the cost of different services can sometimes vary by hundreds. Here are the factors that might increase or decrease the price of your house clean:

  • If it’s a minor task that’ll take a few minutes or one that might take a full day

  • The number of bedrooms

  • The number of bathrooms

  • How many m2 is your home

  • How detailed the clean is (expect to pay more if you need a deep clean)

  • Any extras (like oven, cabinets, windows, carpets)

  • Whether you’ll provide the equipment and supplies

  • Your location/suburb

  • How difficult or easy it is to access and complete the job

  • How urgently do you need the job done

  • Whether you need the cleaning done on a weekend or weekday

What factors affect the cost of cleaning a house

How much does a deep clean cost?

A deep clean will normally require extra time from your house cleaner, so you can expect to pay up to double their standard house cleaning prices. It may cost you at least $140 for a 4-hour deep clean on a 3-bedroom house. This would include all the usual basic cleaning tasks, plus things like: 

  • Windows cleaned

  • Shelves and cupboards organised

  • Ceiling fans wiped

  • Oven cleaned 

  • Fridge/freezer cleaned

  • Kitchen cabinets wiped, etc. 

A deep clean is advised for homes that need extra TLC, when you need a spring clean, or once a quarter between standard cleans.

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Do I need to hire a house cleaner?

Not everyone wants or needs a house cleaner. But here are two main reasons you might choose to hire one: 

  1. Making sure your downtime away from work is downtime

  2. Getting an extra pair of hands to finish a big or tricky job (like doing a bond clean)

There are many other reasons to hire a cleaner, but overall, hiring a house cleaner will help you get more done in less time. And looking at it that way will help you figure out what your house cleaner is worth paying.

Do I need to hire a house cleaner

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What are the standard inclusions for house cleaning?

When you book a cleaner for your house, a standard clean will usually take around two hours (depending on the size of your home) and include the following services:

  • Vacuuming the mattress to remove dust mites and allergens

  • Mopping the floors

  • Wiping down all furniture and main visible surfaces

  • Emptying your rubbish bins

  • Cleaning your shower, bathtub, and toilets

  • Washing any dirty dishes in your kitchen sink

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Tasks you can give to your house cleaner

Assigning cleaning jobs to taskers

You don’t have to stick to the standard cleaning if you need some extra help around the house. Other tasks you might request your cleaner to do include:

  • Unloading the dishwasher

  • Wiping marks off your walls

  • Dusting cobwebs off the ceiling

  • Changing the sheets

  • Putting on a load of washing

  • Hanging or folding clothes

  • Picking up toys

  • Organising your linen cupboard

  • Oven cleaning

  • Microwave cleaning

  • Fridge/freezer cleanout

What sort of services won’t a house cleaner do?

While some cleaners are pretty flexible, usually, they won’t do…

  • Maintenance tasks - like regrouting your bathroom tiles

  • Renovation tasks - like painting the walls or updating your fixtures

  • Jobs outside - like mowing, sweeping, weeding, de-webbing, or cleaning the gutters

You’ll need to hire a handyperson, painter, or gardener for those tasks. But if you’d like one person to take care of it all, you can always specify this when you post your task. You might be lucky enough to get a skilled house cleaner who’s capable of helping with other tasks, too.

Disclaimer: Airtasker’s cost estimates come from thorough research on the industry and third-party rates. Please only use the listed prices as a benchmark when setting your budget.

Post your first house cleaning task on Airtasker

Ready to hire your house cleaner and create your first task? It’s easy! Just write out your task, post your listing, review your offers, and choose someone, and they’ll arrange to come and do your house cleaning. If you’re curious, read some more about how it works.

Post your first house cleaning task on Airtasker

Here’s what you might include in your listing:

  • Timing and budget

  • Location

  • Number of rooms/bathrooms and approximate sizes

  • Type of house cleaning

  • Deep clean or standard clean?

  • Any issues with access?

  • Is the job likely to be challenging or time-consuming?

  • Equipment provided? 

  • One-off task or ongoing work?

The more info you include, the easier it’ll be for your house cleaner to price up the job and make you an offer. Plus, they’ll refer to the info in your listing when they arrive to complete the task.

Finding a trusted house cleaner can be challenging, especially if you don't know where to look. You might spend the whole day searching for recommendations. At Airtasker, we make it easy for you to find an experienced house cleaner. Our platform shows you trusted reviews from real customers to help you choose the right person for the job.

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FAQs about house cleaning prices

A cleaning contractor’s hourly rate depends on a lot of factors, like location, skill, demand, and experience. A standard hourly rate for cleaners in Australia is anywhere from $20-$60/hour.

Yes. Usually, house cleaners will charge a premium for bond cleans because they’ll need to spend more time and cover every detail. A proper bond clean is worth paying for, though, because it means you’ll be more likely to get most (or even all) of your bond back.

Yes. Usually your house cleaner will charge more for larger houses or houses on multiple storeys. And if your home is located in an inner-city area with limited access and parking, your cleaner will charge a premium.

The cost of house cleaning for a standard 3-bedroom home is usually between $70-$138 for a basic 2-hour clean. This would usually include floors vacuumed/mopped, bathrooms cleaned, rubbish emptied, and kitchen/table surfaces wiped.

It’s super important to pay your house cleaner a fair price that compensates them for their time spent cleaning, travelling, and any supplies they brought with them. Remember that they’ll also need to pay tax, petrol, and other expenses with the amount they’re paid. The great thing about our marketplace here at Airtasker is that your cleaner can set their own rate and only accept the jobs they want to do.

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