You could be amongst 47% of UK residents who spend 2 years of their lives cleaning, according to research from Harvey Water Softeners and TalkHealth.
The study, which asked people how long they spend on average cleaning around their homes, was conducted to better understand cleaning habits and where we could be making savings when taking care of our homes.
It revealed that nearly half of us are spending a total of 2 whole years of our lives cleaning – which is a huge proportion, especially when you consider how you could have been spending that time otherwise!
To put it into perspective, 2 years (730 days) spent cleaning could be spent:
– Taking 52 2-week holidays – imagine how relaxed you’d be after that!
– Completing a full 3 year degree course (5 days per week x 48 teaching weeks) – all of that knowledge!
– Learning to drive 405 times (it takes 45 hours on average according to the DVSA) – vroom vroom!
– Building 3.4 houses (it takes 7 months to build one, according to the Survey of Construction)
– Watching all episodes of Great British Bake Off, from the start, 208 times (85 episodes, 1 hour each)
– Reading War and Peace 730 times (apparently, it takes just under 24 hours)
OK, so much of this is to be taken with a pinch of salt as you’re not likely to want to watch GBBO that many times (probably…). But even so, 2 years is a lot of time to spend!
The survey also asked respondents how much money they spent on household cleaning products per month, with one-third (33%) stating they spent between £11-15. Based on a 35 year mortgage, you could be spending £6,300 on cleaning your home before you’ve even paid for it – or a whopping £10,800 over a lifetime assuming you start paying for cleaning products at the age of 20 and continue until the average life expectancy of 80. Shockingly, 4% of respondents said they spent a minimum of £25 per month on cleaning products, which is £18,000 over 60 years.