Messy Brits don't clean up their homes

AA survey finds busy lifestyles, friends and family are to blame

British householders are so hopeless at cleaning their homes that even when they do, a third say they are messy again within a day, the AA's Home Emergency Response Service has found.

As part of their State of the Nation's Homes reports*, the AA discovered that 34% of British households become messy the same day they are cleaned, while a staggering 74% become untidy again in less than three days.

Friends and family to blame

On average, 17% of respondents said they cleaned their homes every day while a scruffy 3% – equivalent to around 1.9m** – said they cleaned their home once a month or less. Blame for the mess was aimed at friends and family, lack of storage space, messy pets and busy lifestyles.

Scrubbing the oven and cleaning out cupboards clearly isn't everyone's cup of tea so maybe it's worth encouraging family and housemates to help out.

Tom Stringer, Head of Home Emergency Response

The research also showed that 40% of women said they enjoy cleaning – compared to only 29% of men.

Tom Stringer, Head of the AA’s Home Emergency Response Service said: ‘Cleaning can be soul–destroying if it ends up in a mess no sooner than you've finished.

‘But we're living in a difficult housing market and if you're trying to move, you could make a good impression on potential buyers or new tenants by presenting a spotless home. Plus, a clean home is a more pleasant place to live.’

The North West was found to be the 'cleanest' region where almost half interviewed said they enjoyed cleaning, while a fastidious third cleaned their home daily.

*Populus interviewed 1810 AA members aged 18+ from its online AA Home Panel between 8-25 February 2013. Populus is a founder member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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** UK Population, 63.2m ONS. 3% = 1,896,000