We may not enjoy it, but cleaning is crucial if we want to have a tidy, hygienic home
Yet it proves to be such an unpopular activity that 30 per cent of Brits would rather have a professional cleaner for a day, instead of have a day off work (nine per cent), research from Lidl has revealed.
Another thing that prevents us from cleaning is a lack of time, with 33 per cent saying they only have the time to spend an hour or two carrying out housework each week, a study by Beko revealed.
Now, end-of-tenancy-london.co.uk has carried out a survey of 1,748 homeowners to identify the parts of their home that they either rarely (every three to six months) or never clean.
It was found that the number one thing we’ll rarely clean are our light fittings, with 77 per cent admitting they don't do this on a regular basis.
In second place comes the shoe rack, with 72 per cent admitting they will only occasionally give theirs some TLC, while 68 per cent wash their curtains or dust their blinds every few months.
Despite the unsavoury smells that can emanate from it, most Brits (60 per cent) will only give their fridge a thorough clean every three to six months.
41 per cent also avoid regularly vacuuming or mopping beneath the heavier pieces of furniture, while 44 per cent also leave their microwaves for months at a time before giving them a clean.
82 per cent have said they never clean their air vents, while despite a build-up of dirt and the discolouring of the tile grouting, 75 per cent avoid giving them a scrub.
Even though it’s used on a daily basis, 71 per cent have never given their remote a wipe, while 67 per cent have never cleaned their door handles.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the dustbin. Despite seeing our household waste and being a dream breeding ground for potentially harmful bacteria, 44 per cent of Brits have said they don’t consider their bins as household objects that require consistent attention with hot water and soap.
So, what is it that plays a big part in making us so unhygienic with our cleaning approach? Well, it's been found that we're mainly too busy, with 30 per cent spending too long working to have time to clean.
For 26 per cent, it's the fact that children take up too much time, while 19 per cent view it as a tedious and unappealing chore. 17 per cent have too many social commitments, while eight per cent hope someone else will do it for them.
Ivan Ivanov, the Managing Director of End of Tenancy Cleaning London commented: "We all know cleaning is an integral part of the home owning and renting experience. Yet, it seems to daunt many of us. Particularly, due to the time and effort required. Many of us end up putting it off or are occupied by a ton of other responsibilities. This research carefully highlights the aspects of the home that Brits either rarely or never clean. Whilst some may come as no shock, others are highly surprising – given how frequently they are used every day. Brits certainly need to take a more proactive approach towards cleaning all sections of the house rather than just the essentials. Doing so, will enhance the aesthetics of the home and facilitate a more organised living environment".
The list of items that Brits rarely clean are:
1. Light fixtures - 77 per cent
2. Shoe rack / shelf - 72 per cent
3. Curtains / blinds - 68 per cent
4. Shower head - 65 per cent
5. Inside and outside of fridge/ refrigerator - 60 per cent
6. Interior / exterior windows - 56 per cent
7. Mirrors - 53 per cent
8. Floor mats / rugs - 49 per cent
9. Inside and outside of microwave - 44 per cent
10. Underneath / behind heavy furniture - 41 per cent
The 10 items Brits never consider cleaning are:
1. Air vents - 82 per cent
2. Tiles grouting - 75 per cent
3. Remotes - 71 per cent
4. Door handles / knobs - 67 per cent
5. Standing / wall coat rack - 64 per cent
6. Drains / gutters - 60 per cent
7. Skirting boards - 56 per cent
8. Light switches - 53 per cent
9. Doors - 49 per cent
10. Bins - 44 per cent