There is an impressive community on Instagram of accounts focused on cleaning, organizing and home decor. They share photos of their cleaning ventures, videos of their home life, and help to motivate each other and collaborate to make their homes sparkle. However, this Sunday they banded together to bring out the shine in their hearts as well.
A young mother in the community had the horrific tragedy of losing her baby, Louie, in 2017. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the press in her area were notified of the infant’s death the same day, and immediately published articles calling her (unrightfully) a child abuser and even went as far as to share her location publically. This had a devestating effect on her life at a time when she was already struggling emotionally from the death of her child. Following an investigation by the police (as is customary in any death), it was determined that the baby was not abused, so all of the anguish that was heaped upon her due to the press was unjustified.
Louie’s mom, Hollie, has now decided to fight to protect other families like hers – to create a law that prevents the press from sharing information about a family before an investigation has been conducted. The work to create Louie’s Law has started with a petition that needs 10,000 signatures for it to be taken to the Parliament of the United Kingdom. When the cleaning community heard about this cause, they began sharing the information for the petition as much as possible. (We are in this cleaning community, and this article is our way of sharing: If you are in the U.K., please sign the petition here!! It takes less than a minute to do.)
The day the community got involved, Hollie commented that she loves seeing Louie’s face everywhere she looks on Instagram now on people’s photo grids and appearing in their video stories. Everyone working for the cause did whatever they could; even people with private Instagram accounts (which prevents them from linking to outside sites like the petition site) shared the image post so their followers could find the link in Hollie’s profile. Others such as Luke-Charles (@Life_of_LukeCharles on Instagram) and Lis (@MuckTub86) went so far as to add the petition site directly into their personal bio so that is it one of the first things people will find when visiting their account. To say this community banded together may be an understatement; it truly rose to the challenge. If you would like to share this story on your own Instagram, the post about the petition can be found here on Hollie’s Instagram.
One member of the community who helped spread the word about Louie’s Law was Simon (known as @ManCleany on Instagram) who has a cleaning business in the U.K. and often supports autism awareness on his Instagram cleaning account. Simon mentioned how much joy it gives him to see this community shine with kindness and support for one another, and many others agreed with him. “We will all between us get this to where it needs to be,” Simon said. “The love and support people have on Instagram is so amazing!!!”
This isn’t the first time that the community has come together for good. In October of 2018, many cleaning accounts wrote a book of cleaning tips together and proceeds from the book went towards helping the homeless during the winter. Even the biggest accounts in the cleaning community were involved, including @MrsHinchHome and @LynseyQueenofClean who both have gone on to publish their own books of cleaning tips this year as well. Over seven thousand euros were raised for the cause and donated to various Crisis and Focus charities in the U.K. and Ireland. A company in the U.K. was involved with the project as well, Sph2onge, who sells extremely unique sponge and cloth products that are hyper absorbant, and provided their website as a way to sell the book securely online. To ensure the cause recieved as much funding as possible in advance of the cold weather arriving, another leading Instagram cleaning account, @LittleMissMops, donated her own Shark vacuum to be raffeled off as well. It is clear that this community will continue to be a force of good in the world, helping to polish not only one another’s homes, but the offline world as well.
If you would like to join the Instagram cleaning community, be sure to follow Carli (@LittleMissMops) who is well-known for her incredible end of tenancy transformation cleans and Samantha-Jo (@PixieDustCleaningUK), the woman who created the lovely finishing touches of folded toilet paper and towels with pockets that are being seen in many home photos. You can read more about Samantha’s fabulous folds in our article What is the Pixie Stamp? and learn some of Carli’s professional tips for cleaning an oven in our guide How to Clean an Oven (her tips are so good, we had to update the article to include them!). Be sure to follow Louie’s mom, Hollie, as well (@Louies_Law_x) to give her as much suppport as possible. These three accounts were leading the charge for Louie’s Law and with the many, many other amazing accounts who have jumped in to help, the petition recieved almost 2000 signatures in just one day. Hearts truly have been made to sparkle thanks to little Louie, and through Louie’s Law his light will also help to protect other families going through a devestating time.