FILTHY BRITAIN: New study reveals just how dirty the UK is

A new study has revealed that people in the UK don’t clean their homes as well as they should, with over half the nation (52%) claiming that they consider a cleaning routine to be limited to hoovering, wiping surfaces and cleaning the bathroom. Eeeek!

  • 50% of UK adults change their bed sheets less than once a fortnight

  • 42% of people admit to only cleaning their fridge once a month

  • 39% of people only clean out their kitchen drawers once a year

A new study has revealed that people in the UK don’t clean their homes as well as they should, with over half the nation (52%) claiming that they consider a cleaning routine to be limited to hoovering, wiping surfaces and cleaning the bathroom.

The research study commissioned by regulated property buyers, Good Move, has found that 42% of the UK only remove the contents of their fridge and give it a spray and wipe once a month, while 18% only clean it once a year.

Half of the nation (50%) admit that it can take between two weeks to over three months to change their bed sheets. Star of Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Lynsey Crombie, says that ideally bedding should be changed more than once a week to avoid the build up of bed bugs. The thought of bed bugs makes my skin crawl and I’m about to change all the bedding again, even though I only did it at the weekend!

When it comes to a cleaning routine, it’s a war of the sexes. Men are more likely to pick up the antibacterial spray for the fridge, with 34% cleaning it at least once a fortnight, compared to only 42% of women who do it once a month.

When it comes down to the bathroom, 64% of men say that they clean their toilet as often as three times per week, compared to only 52% of women who pick up a toilet brush once a week or less.

To give people a better understanding of how often they should clean their homes, Good Move have partnered up with star of Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Lynsey Crombie, to create Home Clean Home.

The online tool looks into the different types of bacteria that can be found lurking in your home if you rarely pick up the rubber gloves and bleach.

Ross Counsell, MRICS (Chartered Surveyor), from Good Move said; “Making sure that you are aware of what types of bacteria can occur in your home if it isn’t cleaned is very important for health reasons. Home Clean Home is a great tool that will encourage the nation to take cleaning a lot more seriously.”

Based on the data collected from the survey, the five dirtiest cities have been revealed:

1\ Southampton

2\ Nottingham

3\ Glasgow

4\ Edinburgh

5\ Leeds

Southampton came in as the dirtiest city in the UK, as 52% admit that it can take them two weeks or longer to change their bed sheets. Nottingham took second place, with 42% saying that they only clean their fridge once a month, a further 27% admit to only cleaning it once a year. The Scots aren’t much cleaner as 40% only clean the inside of their oven and microwave once a year.

To view Home Clean Home, please visit https://goodmove.co.uk/home-clean-home/

The survey was commissioned by TLF and surveyed 1,227 people from the UK.

Good Move are regulated property buyers who provide a reliable, honest and friendly service. With experienced professionals in the property industry for over 45 years, the company deals in fast house sales handled by qualified surveying professionals.

 

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