This is how long Brits spend cleaning their house in a lifetime

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Ever feel like you get a break from the constant upkeep of cleaning? Do you feel that no matter how much time you put aside a week, the house could always be a little more, well, sparkling? We feel you.

To have a house that’s clean, tidy and resembling a show-home (always desirable), you have to seriously put in the hours and dedication. Little wonder then, that Brits spend as much as two years cleaning their homes over their lifetimes. Kind of depressing, huh?

In a new survey, commissioned by Harvey Water Softeners in partnership with TalkHealth, it was found that 47% of the British public spends upwards of five hours per week cleaning, 31.47 per cent of people spend 10 hours a week cleaning and nearly one in 10 people spend between 11 and 15 hours a week on household chores.

Speaking to Prima, cleaning expert, Dean Davies, the senior cleaning department supervisor at Fantastic Services, said: ‘It takes roughly four to five hours for professionals to perfectly clean a property. A two to three-person family would need to spend up to four hours each for cleaning and organising to achieve a sparkling clean and hygienic home.’

Not a light undertaking, right?

This study actually follows after researchers found that shockingly 39% of Brits would rather throw something away that was dirty than simply clean it. Conducted by windows furnishings company, Thomas Sanderson, 2,474 people over the age of 18, who owned or rented a house, were given a questionnaire and the top three items likely to be thrown out were revealed to be a microwave, with 42 per cent admitting they had chosen to replace it purely because it was dirty, then a toaster, with 28 percent of people saying the same and 13 percent of people said the same for the kettle.

We feel obliged to point out the obvious at this point: not only is this a huge waste of money, it’s horrendous for the environment too.

Get that sponge at the ready.