Dirt Divas arrive in Becker County

New cleaning service tackles residential, commercial and post-construction job sites in a 25-mile radius of Detroit Lakes

Amelia Schermerhorn (center) recently opened Dirt Divas Cleaning Service in Detroit Lakes and serves a 25-mile radius around the city. She opened an office at 514 Summit Ave., and has three employees, two of which are (from left) Liz Laaveg and Samantha Thom.
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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DETROIT LAKES — Dirt Divas Cleaning Service has arrived just in time to get ready for the holidays. The new business offers one-time cleaning services, as well as weekly, bi-weekly and monthly agreements for residential, business, moving or post-construction projects. No matter the job, their focus is customer satisfaction and maintaining their reputation for being thorough and dependable.

“I want my customers to expect to come home and feel happy,” said owner Amelia Schermerhorn. “They don’t have to worry about picking up, cleaning or making beds after a day of work.”

Schermerhorn entered small business ownership while living in Fargo, N.D. As a single mom, she wanted a job that could pay the bills, and saw a market in cleaning houses and businesses. After six years of a full cleaning schedule, and increasing demand, she hired her first employee. The business now has three other employees.

Schermerhorn found love when she met her husband, David, and moved to Hawley in 2012. Since, she has taken on houses in her town, while keeping mainstay clients in the Fargo-Moorhead area. She consistently heard there was a need in the Detroit Lakes area for a cleaning service and decided to open an office in Detroit Lakes and serve a 25-mile radius around the city.

The cost of hiring the Dirt Divas Cleaning Service depends on the size of the house, office building or construction site.


“Some jobs take three hours, and others five,” she said. “If it is a bigger job, then we will have more than one person on the team tackle it.”

Dirt Divas Cleaning Service now serves a 25-mile radius around Detriot Lakes. The service will tackle residential, commercial, moving and post-construction projects.
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Estimates are free and can be done on their website, , or in person. The crew works 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and their work includes cleaning all surfaces, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, making beds and more. Many of the products used to sanitize are hand-crafted and locally poured by Schermerhorn. The idea to create her own line of cleaning products came about one day while cleaning. She took note of all the chemicals being used.

“I have kids and pets and I wanted to start using products that were safe for them, and for my customers, too,” she said.

Hours on the computer were spent researching alternatives to traditional cleaning chemicals that still provide sanitization. Once her formula was created, she added different oils to provide a pleasing, fresh scent.

“I have several (cleaning formulas), and even added ones with seasonal scents,” Schermerhorn said. “I have pumpkin spice in the fall and started using a holiday blend now. The ingredients sanitize surfaces and have additional ingredients that are focused on killing the flu virus, all while smelling good.”

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The Dirt Divas Cleaning Service uses handcrafted and locally poured products to clean most surfaces, which are safe for children and pets.
Contributed / Amelia Schermerhorn

She added traditional cleaning products are still used in some areas, such as the bathroom.

Dirt Divas Cleaning Service is insured and she has references available upon request. Schermerhorn invited all interested in her cleaning service to either call (701) 367-6886 or email

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