Why Cleaning Has Meaning

Bringing Wellbeing Into Your Home

Linda Thomas

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  • Written for those for whom cleaning feels like a thankless chore
  • By a woman who has decades of experience running her own ecological cleaning company
  • Argues that if we understand the nature of cleaning, we might start to enjoy it

A professional expert cleaner explores her passion for cleaning and argues that raising our understanding of cleaning can improve our wellbeing and personal development.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Mind, Body, Spirit; Philosophy of Human Life
232 pages
Publication date:
20 Feb 2014


Few of us enjoy cleaning: it often feels like a thankless, repetitive task which we force ourselves to do.

Linda Thomas is an expert, professional cleaner who ran her own ecological cleaning company for over twenty years. In this unique book, she explores her passion for cleaning, and argues that cleaning can have a profound effect not just on the spaces we care for, but on our own wellbeing and personal development.

This lively and readable book is full of anecdotes, practical examples and ecological cleaning tips from Linda's decades of cleaning experience. Ultimately she argues that if we raise our understanding of cleaning, we might even begin to enjoy it!


'Linda Thomas's book is really a very helpful guide to raising awareness and awakening in us attention to the conditions we allow to be around us -- and affect us -- on a daily basis ... A worthwhile and rewarding read.'
-- New View

'Linda also emphasises the importance of rhythm and provides practical guidance for readers who want to put her recommendations into practice; you will almost certainly be galvanised into action by reading this insightful book.'
-- Scientific and Medical Network Review


Linda Thomas was born in 1953 and grew up in South Africa in a large family. She now lives in Switzerland with her husband and two grown-up children. In 1988 she founded an ecological cleaning company, and from 1993 to 2012 was responsible for cleaning the Goetheanum buildings near Basel, Switzerland. Currently she is a housemother at the Lucas Clinic in Arlesheim. She lectures widely.

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