The old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Memphis, just wait for
tomorrow!” While that couldn’t be truer of the mild winter Memphis has had so far,
we think it’s safe to say that spring cleaning time isn’t just around the corner; it’s
Level Nine Services is proud to use Aunt Key’s Apothecary as our exclusive
housecleaning resource. After several years of professionally cleaning residential
and commercial properties, owner Carla Worth decided to begin making her own
organic and all natural cleaning products. After many prompts from friends and
clients to start selling her sprays, Carla created the Aunt Key’s Apothecary brand of
cleaning sprays and integrated them into her cleaning business. As a mother of three
children, Carla understands the importance of a clean, natural home and can help
you tailor each housekeeping visit to your specific needs.
Recently, Carla put down her custom made lemongrass and ginger all-purpose
cleaning spray to chat with us.
L9: How long have you been cleaning houses?
CW: I have been in the cleaning business for 7 years now.
L9: What was the reason you started Aunt Key’s?
CW: I started Aunt Key’s to brand the business I was forming. The sprays that I
create are an important part of Aunt Keys. I named it “Aunt Keys Apothecary” as an
homage to my late great-great aunt who believed in using non-toxic cleaning
L9: What are some of the products you’ve created that you now use?
CW: We have an All Purpose Spray that can be used on counters, sinks, laminate
floors, bath tubs . . . just about anywhere and they come with natural lemongrass
and Ginger, Vanilla Rose, and Lavender scents. Our Wood Spray can be used on all
finished wood, including floors, and works wonderfully as a stainless steel
disinfectant and polish. For those, we use our Lemon and Neroli oils. Our special
Granite Spray was designed specifically for stone, marble, and granite. It disinfects
without corroding grout or sealant and comes in the Lemongrass and Lavender
scents. Our Bath Spray is for every surface in the bathroom and can be scented with
Tea Tree and Basil with Neroli or Eucalyptus and Lime. Finally, our Toy Cleaner,
lovingly titled “The Little Monster,” can be scented with any oil you choose.
L9: What are some of the places in a home that need cleaning the most that
people might not think about?
CW: It’s hard to say with every client having his or her own specific needs, but I
think of “out of sight out of mind.” I try to look under couch cushions and under
furniture as well as tops of fridges and doorframes. These areas can appear to be
clean but have an inch of dust on them.
L9: Why do you think it’s important to use local, organic, non-toxic products?
CW: I believe fully in living local to build Memphis’ economy. Small businesses
matter and we try to be as involved as possible with other small business. Our
products might cost a dollar or two more than a store bought natural cleaner, but
those extra dollars go to dance recitals or textbook fees for my staff.
L9: Do you do large, commercial jobs?
CW: We currently have a few art galleries and offices that we service. We don’t
usually turn down anything that comes our way.
L9: How often do you recommend clients have Level Nine schedule an Aunt
CW: Every client has different needs. For a single client I would suggest bi weekly or
monthly. A family of four I would suggest weekly, especially if there is a pet. I know
as a mother of three, I spend just as much time cleaning my own home each week as
I do cleaning others.
L9: Why did you decide to partner with Level Nine?
CW: Because we believe in the power of small business and combining forces was
another step in creating a positive friendship with another local company.
L9: What is your best advice for people to keep their homes clean and
CW: Hire Level Nine, of course, but for the day-to-day clean; keeping surfaces wiped
down can play a huge part in keeping away germs. Kitchen counter tops can hold a
lot of nasty things so it’s important to wipe down any prep surfaces once they are
done being used.