Unsurprisingly, many of these clues can be found in or around Caravan Park and Campground amenities blocks.
I've pieced the clues together to build a profile of the Cleaning Fairy's tasks - from my observations s/he is perceived to be responsible for the following:
- placing used cotton buds, dental floss and paper towels, empty containers, hair plugs etc into the bin
- removing excess toothpaste and other unidentifiable detritus from the vanity surface and mirror
- mopping up excess water and muddy footprints from the shower cubicle (mops generally supplied)
- flushing used toilet paper (etc!) down the toilet
- removing skid marks from the toilet bowl (brush generally supplied)
Responsibility for cleaning up ones mess in a shared ablutions block is contentious - although it shouldn't be. When one is paying for the privilege of use, it's tempting to leave the cleaning up to the Cleaning Fairy. But where does that leave fellow guests who are also paying to use the amenities?
I know you'll be shocked to hear that many travellers just don't give a damn! Presumably because they believe the Cleaning Fairy will take care of it! I mean, if they DON'T believe in the Cleaning Fairy, what's the alternative? Their bathroom looks like this at home?? They have no respect for their fellow travellers??? They're in denial about their impact on their environment????
Or maybe they're just a bit simple. After all, the amenities block is magically restored to its pristine state at least once a day, ergo there is a Cleaning Fairy.
Or maybe I'm the one in denial and the Cleaning Fairy ACTUALLY EXISTS!!
ARRRGGGHHHHH!!! If that's the case, someone tell me quick so I can stop cleaning up after myself too!!!