Spring cleaning is dying out as Brits claim they are ‘too busy’
Millions of adults claim they are ‘too busy’ to clean their home, a study has found.
The demands of modern life, such as balancing working hours with looking after children, means a third of adults struggle to find time for the housework.
Only half of the 2,000 adults polled set aside time each week to clean their home, while three in 10 only manage to squeeze in a few chores at the weekends.
It also emerged the traditional spring clean, once loyally carried out once a year by proud home owners, is dying out according to 38 per cent of adults.
And 45 per cent believe previous generations had more time for household chores.
Keval Shah from home appliance brand Beko, which commissioned the research, said: “With such busy modern lives housework isn’t a priority for many of us anymore.
“While we all like to be house-proud, it’s difficult to find the time.
“Our research shows time saving is an important issue, especially with people working longer hours than in the past and enjoying busy social lives.
“As a result, traditional housework is taking a back seat.
“Thankfully, modern technology is helping us to save time in all aspects of our daily activities, including cleaning.
“Being able to control devices remotely means families can multitask and hopefully feel less pressure and guilt about getting tasks done and sacrificing important family time.”
The study found almost half believe the kitchen is the room in the house which takes the longest to get sparkling, followed by the bathroom and living room.
And around two thirds wish there were more time saving solutions for cleaning.
One in five also said being able to control appliances via their smartphone is a huge time saver.
The development in tech has helped save time, according to 36 per cent of Brits, with self-cleaning ovens, self-cleaning litter boxes for pets and steam cleaners among the gadgets now being used in the nation’s homes.
One in 10 have even used a smart speaker such as the Amazon Echo when cleaning to save time.
A further 40 per cent said the dishwasher saves them the most time, relying on it four times a week.
The survey, conducted via OnePoll.com, found a hectic work life is mostly to blame for having no time to clean, according to 40 per cent.
But while the average adult spends around four hours a week cleaning and tidying their homes, one third only spend an hour or two on the housework.
Washing the windows is the task most likely to be neglected due to a lack of time, along with wiping down skirting boards and cleaning kitchen appliances such as the oven and fridge.
Although cleaning the oven and the toilet are among the chores Brits would be quite happy to see the back of. City-dwelling Americans are also keen to avoid certain cleaning tasks, with more and more using an NYC maid service, for example.
Keval Shah added: “Innovative appliances such as our new time-saving AutoDose Connected dishwasher make dishwashing even more effortless – simply fill the detergent container and the right amount will be dispensed wash after wash, for up to one month.
“Additionally, and with every cycle, people can easily control and monitor their appliance from their smartphone, as well as from any Alexa-enabled device.”