- Instead of putting in the elbow grease, 87 percent admit to taking shortcuts to avoid cleaning the home:
- Almost half of homeowners admit to closing off a room from guests (46 percent) and hiding clutter in closets (44 percent). Parents are the worst offenders with more than half (52 percent) claiming to have tucked away items in closets.
- One in four homeowners (28 percent) have dusted with their hand when in a pinch.
- About one in four homeowners (27 percent) confess to throwing something away rather than returning it in its proper place.
- About one in three (36 percent) homeowners say they have lied about how often they clean the home. With only 24 hours in a day, it’s not surprising that 32 percent of homeowners have let three or more weeks slip by between house cleanings.
- Homeowners dislike cleaning so much, 70 percent of homeowners said assigning cleaning chores is more likely to cause an argument than TV remote control privileges.
- Homeowners are more embarrassed to show a dirty home to a neighbor (28 percent) than to their parents (21 percent), boss (19 percent), in-laws (18 percent) or best friends (14 percent).
- 64 percent of homeowners have even gone to extreme measures to rid their homes of pungent odors, such as replacing a rug or carpet (34 percent), purchasing a new trash can (26 percent) or replacing a couch or another piece of furniture (17 percent).
1 This survey was conducted by an independent firm, Wakefield Research, among a sample of respondents who have forced heat and/or central air conditioning in their home. The study was conducted in May 2012. A total of 1,001 qualified surveys were received. The margin of error for total responses is +/- 3.1 percent. 2 Based on comparison of organic vapor capacity versus other national retail furnace filter brands