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Meet Midge Lyon of Green Clean in North Shore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Midge Lyon.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Midge. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up tagging along with my mom while she cleaned houses. As a teenager I worked at the Inns in Rockport, Ma and started cleaning houses on my own professionally at 18. I moved to Salem, Ma at 19 and had a few clients that I would clean and organize for. Around 20/21 I became really interested in healthy living. I went vegetarian and starting eating organic and really thinking about what products I was using- both body products and household products. I started to clean only with all natural products. At 22 I posted flyers around town that said “green clean”- not as a business name but as a description of the service offered. People started referring to me as the Green Clean girl and so I went legit and registered the name. It was a very exciting time because I was getting such a huge response. This was in early 2006 and no one else in the area was cleaning green. Admittedly it went to my 22 year old head. 11.5 years later I’m still passionate about my service, which has evolved quite a bit over the years. Still vegetarian after all the years- actually vegan now 🙂

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Of course there have been struggles. When you’re running a small business by yourself, your employees can either be a huge blessing and source of fun, or they can be a draining headache. There have been a lot of ups and downs in that area. I’ve grown a lot as a person from these experiences.

The same with clients. Not every client is desirable. We’ve had some tough people to navigate through. Its way outweighed by the many clients we’ve had for years that very much see and appreciate how much heart and hard work we bring to the table.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Green Clean – what should we know?
We are an all-natural house cleaning company. We are very thorough and think beyond the aesthetics of a clean home. We want to find and remove dust and pet hair from the nooks and crannies of your home which is a great help for those with seasonal or pet allergies.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
A lot of this has been feeling my way through, trial and error. I’m very thankful to the employees over the years who have brought their ideas and insight and pushed me to grow in ways that have really benefitted Green Clean.

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