My Mother-in-Law Demands over $200 from Me for Cleaning My Home — But I Never Asked Her to Do It

A woman, aged 31, recently gave birth, and her mother-in-law, 59, volunteered to feed their dogs during their hospital stay. Upon returning home, they found their house cleaned without consent, accompanied by a note demanding reimbursement for cleaning expenses. The husband expressed gratitude but questioned the uninvited cleaning.

“Now, while it was nice of her to clean my carpet and then the rest of my house, neither of us asked her to do this,” said the woman.

The mother-in-law defended her actions, claiming kindness, while extended family praised her efforts. Facing criticism, the husband suggested paying her to ease tensions, but the wife resisted.

“We are family, and are hurt you would do something like this while [my wife] was so unwell,” concluded the husband.

Despite an offer to gift cleaning products, the mother-in-law insisted on payment for her time, causing a dilemma for the couple.

“AITA for refusing to pay my MIL?” the woman wondered.

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