WASHINGTON — The recession has led many Americans to forgo their housecleaners and do the work themselves, according to a new survey from the Soap and Detergent Association. Among 1,002 American adults surveyed by Echo Research for SDA, 60% said they’re doing more cleaning themselves instead of hiring a cleaning service, according to the SDA’s 2009 Spring Cleaning Survey. Likewise, more than four in 10 (44%) say they are buying less-expensive cleaning products; and one-third say they are ...

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