I can hear it now. What?! Tip a housekeeper?!
Think about this for a second, a hotel room is touched by a housekeeper just about everyday. It’s incredibly tough, physical work. They pick up after people, clean up after parties, (hopefully) get those crumbs from under bed so you never see them, and are generally tasked with making a room that has probably seen hundreds of guests, feel pristine as if like you’re the first person to ever set foot in there. That’s a lot.
Cleaning upwards of 15 rooms a day, it’s easy to envision how hard this department works and a gratuity goes a long way to thank and recognize the person responsible for picking up after you. $2.00 - $5.00 per day is a good benchmark. While you can do it anytime during your stay, you’re better to do it daily because your stay may overlap days off or a change in cleaning section. And if you happen to see that housekeeping in the hallway, say hello and thank them in person.