In a recent survey of 2000 Americans, housecleaning was shown to have some mood-boosting effects—but that doesn’t mean everybody does it willingly.
The majority of respondents said cleaning gave them a sense of accomplishment (65%) and helped them clear their mind (63%).
Half of these adults said they are most often motivated to clean when they’re happy. In fact, 63% of those surveyed find the experience of cleaning to be relaxing—even more so than getting fresh air (61%).
But that’s not the only reason people clean.
A whopping 70% admitted that tidying their home was a way of putting off having to do other things, with the average procrastinator using that trick four times a week.
The survey showed that 86% of respondents do feel on top of their chores, but the last deep clean of their kitchen happened over a week and a half ago. That’s no surprise because the kitchen is most dreaded of all.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of DishFish, makers of multipurpose sponges and non-scratch scrubbers, the survey honed in on people’s attitudes toward dirty dishes and how they get through the cringe-worthy task.
More than two-thirds of people (69%) let their dishes pile up between washings with 20% saying “always” letting them stack up in the sink, which left them feeling stressed.
More than any other room, the kitchen was rated as “very difficult” to tackle. And most people enjoy scrubbing their toilet or taking out the garbage more than washing dishes by hand.
How do they get through it? 66% listen to music while they clean.
72% have a go-to song that they blast while tidying up their home, with “Uptown Funk,” “Read All About It” and “Work” being the three favorite tunes on America’s cleaning playlist.
WHAT’S ON AMERICA’S “CLEANING PLAYLIST”? SURVEY SAYS…
• “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
• “Read All About It” by Emeli Sandé
• “Work” by Rihanna
• “All of Me” by John Legend
• “But a Dream” by G-Eazy
• “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B
• “Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé
• “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston
• “I Don’t Care” by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
• “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida
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