Marie Kondo and Mrs Hinch have undoubtedly had an effect on our approach to cleaning. With the rise of these so-called Cleaninfluencers, led by Mrs Hinch, and decluttering guru Marie Kondo, having a sparkling and tidy home is now both a badge of honour and Instagram gold. What's more, cleaning has been touted as promoting wellbeing and good mental health.
But while we may be a nation born-again cleaners, the list of the most hated household chores is still as long as your arm.
Top of that list is cleaning the oven, with almost twice as many people saying they loathed scrubbing out baked-on food as those that gave ironing the thumbs down.
More than 35 per cent said they were reluctant to go near the oven with cleaning products and scourers, and it was the chore that people spent the least time on – just seven minutes on average a week. (Frankly, we're surprised it's that long, after a quick poll around the Realhomes.com office.)
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Even scrubbing the toilet was preferable, coming ninth in the list of hated chores, which was revealed in research conducted for online bingo brand Tombola. The porcelain throne got 32 minutes of attention on average a week, to make sure it stays gleaming and smelling sweet.
According to the survey, 38 per cent of us spend one to two hours cleaning, while 28 per cent clocked up more than three hours (which adds up to 470 days over a working lifetime).
Eight per cent (possibly card-carrying members of the 'Hinch Army'), revealed they actually found the activity a way to relax and de-stress. And one in five said cleaning made them happy. Or as Marie Kondo might say, 'sparked joy'.
And they are willing to pay good money for their good mood. One in eight of us spend up to £30 month on cleaning products.
Ironing came second on the list of most disliked chores at just under 14 per cent, followed by doing the dishes and cleaning windows.
The most loved chore was vacuuming, perhaps because people liked the idea of getting a workout as their vac sucked up crumbs and pet hairs.
The most time consuming chores were doing laundry, at more than an hour a week; doing the dishes, which accounted for just under an hour; and ironing which took around 34 minutes of speedy pressing.
In spite of the dislike people have for these tasks and the time lost to them, more than 60 per cent said they wouldn’t hire a cleaner. Twenty seven per cent gave the excuse that they wouldn’t want a stranger in their house, 11 per cent said they wouldn’t trust them to do it right, and seven per cent admitted they’d be too embarrassed.
High Performance and Life Coach Raghav Parkash commented that getting keen on cleaning was the way to greater peace of mind: ‘A messy environment divides our attention with so much clutter around us and causes us to feel overwhelmed. As a result, our body's cortisol level rises, leading us to feeling much more stressed.
‘By cleaning the environment we’re living and working in, we naturally feel much calmer, more relaxed, confident, creative and productive. Cleanliness leads to a massive increase in personal motivation which helps us feel great within ourselves and improves mental health and wellbeing.’