House-proud Brits spend 10 whole days a year – 237 hours – cleaning their homes

One in three say they enjoy cleaning because it makes them feel less stressed – with vacuuming and wiping kitchen surfaces cited as the most relaxing tasks

Vacuuming has been voted the most relaxing task in the home
Vacuuming has been voted the most relaxing task in the home

House-proud Brits spend the equivalent of 10 full days a year – or 237 hours – cleaning their homes.

Inspired by the rise in popularity of cleaning influencers, a study of 2,000 adults found that those who clean spend just over four hours a week vacuuming, buffing and wiping down surfaces throughout the home.

Another hour and 42 minutes a month is spent changing the sheets, cleaning the carpets and scrubbing the oven.

Almost a third enjoy cleaning because it makes them feel less stressed, and 41% say it helps take their mind off other things.

More than half even admitted to cleaning things that don’t need a refresher just to relieve stress or anxiety.

Vacuuming emerged as the most relaxing cleaning task, followed by wiping kitchen surfaces and doing laundry.

Britons spend almost two hours a month changing bed linen


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A spokesman for floor care expert Vax, who commissioned the survey, said: “It might seem like it’s just a few minutes here and there, but we really do spend a lot of time cleaning.

“That’s why we spend hours testing and continuously developing our products. So when it’s time you turned to vacuuming or cleaning your carpets, you’ve come to the right place.

“The results of our survey show how many adults enjoy cleaning and see it as a great way to relax and relieve stress.

“We firmly believe that a clean home contributes to a clearer mind, and we’re working with experts to show the benefits that a cleaning routine and a tidy home can have on your mental health.”

Respondents were so proud of their home that they made “considerable” efforts to hide imperfections in their homes, with a third admitting to using furniture to cover up carpet stains.

But 90% clean spills and unsightly stains as soon as they happen.

More than half of adults keep on top of things by regularly performing a “deep clean” — with more than a fifth doing a deep clean at least once a month.

As a result, 70% feel satisfied, 35% happy and 28% relaxed.

Doing laundry was also one of the most relaxing cleaning jobs


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Nearly four in ten also said that having a clean home makes them instantly feel less stressed, while 37% agree that a tidy home equals a tidy mind.

And 19% of those surveyed via OnePoll say they enjoy it so much that they often lose track of time while cleaning because they “get in the zone.”

Positive psychology expert and author of The Little Book of Happiness, Miriam Akhtar, said: “Cleaning the house can be seen as a chore, but it has some unexpected benefits for your mental well-being.

“Busying the brain with a repetitive activity like vacuuming has a calming effect that helps you manage stress by giving you a mental break so you can regroup.

“Cleaning is also a surprising way to get into a ‘flow state’ where you’re fully engaged in your work and time flies by.

“It’s the most gratifying state of being ‘in the zone.’ It’s easier to get into the flow when it’s clear what needs to be done and you get immediate feedback, e.g. B. when you see the stains and stains on the carpet disappear.

“The physical activity of cleaning also releases endorphins, and the end result of a cleaner home helps reduce stress, reduce anxiety, lift mood, and then make it easier to focus.”

One in four say cleaning helps their mental well-being


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It also found that half of adults listen to music while cleaning to make it as fun as possible, while 15% dance while doing so.

But one in four adults (26%) say they’ve been cleaning more often than usual in the past two years because of the pandemic.

A quarter also said cleaning benefits their mental health and well-being, with 27% becoming more aware of the benefits of cleaning thanks to social media influencers.

Decluttering expert Rachel Burditt, aka @thedeclutterdarling, said: “By reducing, organizing and decluttering your home possessions, you should be less distracted by your surroundings and more focused on enjoying the moment.

“When order is restored, relaxation becomes a much easier scenario for both your body and mind.

“The actual process of cleaning up and tidying up can be an enjoyable and comforting process for many.”


  1. vacuum cleaning
  2. wiping kitchen surfaces
  3. laundry
  4. washing up
  5. Tidying up toys/objects that are out of place
  6. Cleaning the bathrooms/toilets
  7. iron
  8. mopping the floors
  9. Dust off
  10. clean windows

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