Do You Hate Cleaning Your Bathroom? You're Not Alone—A New Study Says It's Americans' Least Favorite Chore
There are some tasks that can seem more tedious than others around the home, and that's especially true when it comes to cleaning. According to a new study of 1,070 participants between the ages 18 and 79 conducted by Lombardo Homes, cleaning and sanitizing the bathroom is people's most disliked household chore. Washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning the refrigerator, and completing yard work rounded out the top five chores we look forward to the least. No matter the task at hand, the majority of the participants (25 percent) spend 61 minutes to two hours cleaning.
Many of the participants admit that they procrastinate instead of tackling the chores head on. Eighty-five percent of Americans surveyed noted that they put off doing the tasks that they hate the most and start with the ones that are more enjoyable. The study also noted that 45 percent of women completed nearly all chores, whereas 24 percent of men do the household work. Plus, almost 50 percent of the men in the study mentioned sharing chores with their partner or roommate. Nineteen percent of them confessed that their significant other bears the brunt of the work.
Survey participants found that their cleaning habits changed over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, too: Fifty-five percent of respondents shared that they have been more diligent about cleaning since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Sixty-six percent said they now deep clean their homes to rid it of harmful bacteria and ensure it stays germ-free.
Plus, 49 percent of participants spring clean every year. This takes place in their homes between the end of March and early April. To tackle messes, a majority of people (31 percent) turn to their handy vacuum as their go-to cleaning tool. To follow, 17 percent use all-purpose sprays, 14 percent use sanitizing wipes, 13 percent use dish soap, five percent use sponges, four percent use toilet boil cleaners, four percent use dustpan and broom, four percent use vinegar, three percent use bleach, three percent use floor cleaner, and two percent use rubber gloves.