Are you a Hyacinth Bucket? The UK is revealed as a nation of curtain twitchers as our dirty secrets are revealed

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  • Ever taken a sneaky look around a friend's house while they were in the other room? Apparently nearly two thirds of women think their friend's house is a filthy mess

    Ever vacuumed around a sofa rather than underneath it? Skipped the
    dusting? Neglected to clean the oven? According to a new survey it
    hasn’t gone unnoticed.

    Eagle-eyed Brits are a snobbish bunch with nearly two
    thirds of women admitting that the homes of their nearest and dearest
    could do with a jolly good clean, according to a new survey by Betta Living.

    Not only do we secretly think our friends are a filthy bunch, but women
    across the country have admitted to carrying out grime investigations by
    checking the tops of cupboards for dust or even peeking down the back
    of the sofa. And you thought they were just admiring the new cushions… Grime busters: women across the country have admitted to carrying out covert grime investigations of their friends' houses when the homeowner isn't looking  IPC Images

    Other common tactics for ‘spotting a slob’ include asking to use the bathroom on visits so you can have a good poke around and tip-toeing into bedrooms after a visit to the loo to have a quick nosey.

    Barry Rourke from Betta Living says: ‘It seems that on the
    subject of cleanliness women are discreetly creating a
    league table of all their friends.’ Hyacinth would be proud.

    So what’s at the root of all this un-neighbourly behaviour? Well the
    same survey also uncovered that we are hiding a few dirty secrets about
    our own cleaning habits.

    A whopping 75% of women surveyed admitted that they only clean their oven once a year and 69% said they only bother to vacuum underneath their beds once a month. Ever heard the expression about stones and glass houses?

    If you’ve ever wondered which rooms in the house are the dirtiest, no it’s not the kitchen or bathroom; shockingly it’s the bedroom that takes the top spot in the grime league.

    Sweet dreams: bedrooms have been revealed as the dirtiest room in the British house thanks to lack-lustre dusting and half-hearted vacuuming  IPC Images

    Thanks to us work-shy Brits not bothing to vacuum under beds and with freestanding wardrobes acting as dust traps, our boudoirs are far from clean.

    And it seems that out of sight really is out of mind for most homeowners, with spare bedrooms and dining rooms ranking second and third in the filthiest-room stakes, as these get the least use and consequently the least cleaning. Phew, it’s enough to make us break out the Marigolds and stock up on dusters.

    So next time your friend or neighbour ‘accidentally’ wanders into your bedroom on the way back from the bathroom, you might want to keep an eagle eye on them, or alternatively ask them to do a spot of dusting while they’re there…

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