What a filthy waste of time! Women spend a YEAR AND A HALF of their lives cleaning the house (but men only put in half as long)
Ladies spend 12,896 hours in a lifetime cleaning the homeMen only spend 6,448 hours
Martha De Lacey
18:50 GMT, 7 March 2013
18:50 GMT, 7 March 2013
The women of Britain are waging a never-ending war with dirty floors, dust mites, grubby walls and unplumped pillows.
Female folk spend a staggering 12,896 hours during their lifetime tidying up and scrubbing the house, equating to a year and a half, according to new research.
But while the girls are spending, on average, four
hours each week ensuring homes are spick and span, the boys admit
to spending only half as long – just
6,448 hours in a lifetime.
Scrubber: Women spend around a year and a half cleaning during their lifetime, men spend half as long
In addition, 16 per cent of men admit
leaving all the cleaning at home to their partner, and fifth of men admit
to never thoroughly cleaning their home.
The research by Rug Doctor also found that a third (32 per cent) of the population does the minimum cleaning required at home, with one in six (17 per cent) admitting to hating it altogether cleaning.
Geographically, people in Glasgow, Cardiff and Leeds are most likely to describe their homes as 'very clean', while those in Newcastle and Manchester call theirs 'filthy' more than residents of any other city.
Just under a fifth (18 per cent) of the nation is very hygienic and cleans the toilet seat every day, with a further two thirds (66 per cent) of people cleaning their kitchen work surfaces daily.
The Cinderella complex: People spend a lot of time scrubbing toilets and kitchen work surfaces but could be missing areas that
harbour germs, such as door handles and carpets, which need deep-cleaning regularly
While three quarters (75 per cent) of people clean their kitchen floors once a week, the survey revealed that 75 per cent of people have never deep-cleaned their carpets, even though 90 per cent had carpets in their homes.
Just under a fifth of the
nation is very hygienic and cleans the toilet seat every day, and two thirds cleans the kitchen work
Paul Fildes, marketing manager at Rug Doctor, said: 'The survey uncovered some interesting findings about peoples' perceptions when it comes to cleaning.
'While people spend a lot of time scrubbing their toilets and kitchen work surfaces, they may be missing areas that commonly harbour germs, such as door handles, and indeed their carpets which are breeding grounds for dust mites and bacteria if not deep cleaned regularly.'
It's a woman's game: Who does the cleaning in your house
Who scrubs up best People in Glasgow claim to be cleaner than those in Manchester
A quick wipe or a deep clean A super-hygienic 18 per cent clean the toilet seat daily
Time-wasted or time well-spent The average Brit spends between two and four hours cleaning every week