Research has found we're a nation that lacks in hygiene when it comes to our home appliances, with 71 per cent of us failing to clean ours on a regular basis
1,015 UK adults were surveyed by AppliancesDirect.co.uk, with the research finding it was the washing machine that was cleaned the least - Brits are, on average, cleaning theirs once a year on average.
The oven came in second place, with respondents saying they cleaned theirs twice a year.
The was then followed by the dishwasher and the fridge, which are cleaned three and eight times a year respectively.
The microwave finished off the list of appliances that will be cleaned least often around the home, although this was at least cleaned 21 times a year - positively frequent in comparison to the washing machine.
Over one in three (34 per cent) said they would even hire a professional to do the cleaning for them.
Mark Kelly, marketing manager at AppliancesDirect.co.uk, said: "Despite the recommended guidelines for cleaning, surprisingly there is still many of us who don’t clean our home appliances, with the washing machine revealed as the appliance that is cleaned the least."
"Instead of dodging these chores and bringing in the professionals, by investing in some cleaning tools the job will be a lot easier and cheaper for those concerned. Also, it will mean appliances won’t have to be replaced as frequently, so it is really important that Brits look after their domestic gadgets."
23 per cent of Brits have revealed a lack of cleaning means the appliances are being replaced more frequently.
Those who are aged 25-34 were shown to be the age group who will clean their home the least.
The top five least cleaned appliances in the home are:
1 Washing machine - cleaned once per year
2 Oven - twice per year
3 Dishwasher - three times per year
4 Fridge - eight times per year
5 Microwave - 21 times per year
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