What's your dirty little secret? The nation's cleaning habits are revealed!

Shocking stats reveal the country treats their home more like a sty than a castle

The nation's dirty little secrets are out!

We change our bed sheets just twice a year, we implement the 5-second rule on everything edible that touches the ground and we are happy to go commando if it saves doing the laundry...

How many of these are true for you?

bucket with cleaning liquid and brush

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Shocking statistics from a survey carried out by Method (opens in new tab) have revealed we are neglecting our spring cleaning (opens in new tab) duties.

It turns out that 20% of us aren't ashamed to dig in the dirty washing pile when short of a shirt for work, and some of us would even buy something new if it saved us using the iron.

Along with that, a fifth of the nation admit to spending more time organising their wardrobe than they do cleaning, which explains why 13% of the UK clean their bathrooms just twice a year!

So, whilst we take pride in our personal appearance, it appears our homes aren't quite the castles they used to be in the bleach-happy 80s.

We're also eating dirty - quite literally - as 15% of us are happy to eat off the floor and 14%
of us never wash their hands before eating.

Believe it or not, the older generation are the culprits here as 18-24 year olds show signs of better hygiene.

But it's not that we enjoy living in a pig sty, it's just that we don't want to get our own hands dirty.

Clare Burke, UK Marketing Manager at Method, says: "As modern life becomes increasingly hectic it's not surprising that we're continually inventing clever shortcuts to save time and get away with doing as little as possible.

"Employing a cleaner is a great solution to those working long hours and our research proves how important they are to people today."

Millie Hurst
Millie Hurst

Millie Hurst is Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home. She first joined the team at the start of 2021. Previously, she worked in women’s lifestyle and homes news, writing about everything from budget kitchen makeovers and gardening tips to homeware dupes and cleaning hacks. Millie can often be found looking up trending terms, spotting news stories our readers need to know about and finding ways to decorate her rented flat.