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Jakarta Post

Jakartans learn to cope as maids leave for Idul Fitri

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  01:21 am

For many households that have long relied on domestic helpers for everyday household chores, the Idul Fitri holiday can be a daunting time of the year, when most maids return home to celebrate the religious occasion with their families.

To deal with the situation and avoid doing any housework themselves, some families employ multiple helpers who take turns going home for Idul Fitri, hire infal (temporary maids) or use app-based cleaning services.

Infal helpers are usually paid Rp 100,000 (US$ 7.17) to Rp 150,000 per day.

Meanwhile, app-based cleaning services such as Gojek’s Goclean can cost between Rp 35,000 and Rp 280,000 an hour if customers have their own cleaning equipment, and Rp 45,000 to Rp 360,000 an hour if they use the company’s tools.

Yohana Dewi Irawan, 32, employs two maids and a nanny to help her with domestic chores at her home in Central ...