A quarter of households spend less than an hour a week cleaning

Posted 31 July 2015 by Stephen Maunder

A quarter of modern households struggle to manage an hour of cleaning each week, according to research by The Co-operative Insurance. 

Those aged 45-54 are most likely to keep abreast of their chores, cleaning for an average of five hours per week, compared to those aged 25-34, who only manage three hours and 58 minutes.

The findings also reveal that almost half of homeowners (49%) have a specific hiding place for clutter to keep it out of view when visitors drop by. The top spot for hoarding junk was in the spare room (39%) with the loft a close second (31%). 

The kitchen topped the list of places likely to be kept the most hygienic, with more than half (57%) saying it was the most important room to keep on top of, yet almost one in 10 (9%) were least concerned about making sure their utility room was spotless, even though this is often just an extension of the kitchen.

Of those that rarely clean, one in five preferred to pay someone else to do it (20%) and 19% said they didn’t keep things spic and span because they didn’t want to use cleaning products.

Caroline Hunter, head of home insurance at The Co-operative Insurance, said: “The research shows that a people are hiding their rubbish away, but over filling areas such as a loft or boiler cupboard is a potential cause of fires. Having too much stuff could also hide other problems, such as mould or leaking pipes.  It is vital to make sure that your property, including outbuildings such as sheds and garages is properly maintained. Gradually occurring damage caused by lack of general maintenance can result in a claim not being covered.

Biggest cleaning bugbears:

Not putting items away...



Leaving dirty cups or glasses out around the house...
Dirty cups

Not throwing rubbish away...

Not putting shoes, bags and coats away when coming home...

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