Is there a household chore that you absolutely detest and try to get away with not doing for as long as possible? According to recent research carried out by Web-Blinds involving some 2,238 UK homeowners, two-thirds of Brits only do the ‘bare minimum’ when it comes to cleaning their house, Ideal Home reports. While this might involve a regular quick vacuum and bleaching the loo, it does suggest that the majority of a home could be being neglected.
Some prefer to bring in outside help from a professional cleaning company, but others are leaving dirt and germs to build up in the areas of their home that they repeatedly put off cleaning. Then, when they do eventually get around to them, dirt has often built up so much that the job is much more laborious than it needs to be, meaning it’s hard work and they hate it, thus beginning the cycle again. So, which chores do Brits hate the most?
Brits’ most-hated domestic chores
Web-Blinds found that UK householders are united in their hatred of certain chores, with the number one most-detested domestic task cited as cleaning the oven. Almost three-quarters (71 per cent) of respondents said this was a job they tried to avoid for as long as possible. Cleaning the windows was the second most-despised chore, with 66% of those questioned hating this task. Meanwhile, dusting high shelves and cupboards came in third place, after 57% of homeowners admitted to rarely doing this. Mopping came in fourth, with 53% of survey respondents saying they hated this chore. Furthermore, just under half (48 per cent) expressed their hatred of cleaning their skirting boards, revealing that they often try to put this off for as long as they can. These chores do tend to involve the greatest amount of reaching up high or crouching down to get into hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, which is probably why so many people put them off indefinitely. But homes can’t just be left gathering dust and dirt forever, can they?
When do Brits actually get around to the cleaning?
Recent research from Ideal Home showed that the average Brit spends 2,175 days doing housework during their lifetime, but with Web-Blinds finding that chores are constantly being put on the back-burner, is this really the case? Almost one-quarter of the people surveyed by Web-Blinds admitted that they only tended to give their house a thorough clean if they knew friends or relatives would be visiting. Some even said they would only clean their bathroom from top to bottom if they knew people would be staying overnight. From this, it seems that Brits are a house-proud nation and want their homes to appear clean to others, but can’t always necessarily be bothered exercising the same standards when it’s just for themselves.
Of course, if you really can’t bring yourself to do a task and are worried about a build-up of dirt and bacteria, you can call in the professionals – the MillaG5 team are here to help make your life easier.