Domestic strife bubbles to surface in washing up survey
Of all the unsavoury cleaning chores on our list, it is the everyday grind of washing up that causes the most grief for households in the South West.
Cleaning the dishes contributes to 15 per cent of what parents argue about, which is more than any other household task.
The majority of them claim to do more than their fair share, with 26 per cent of women in the UK saying their partner does not do any chores around the house.
Beko Household Helpers Census reveals that people living in the South West spend an average of an hour a week washing up but think that their partner gets away without helping at all.
George Mead, Beko marketing manager said: “It’s astonishing to find that washing up is the number one cause of arguments for parents."
The census has shown that people in the South West spend over fourteen hours a week on chores, an hour of which is spent on washing up.
Family expert, Neil Sinclair, said: “I’m not completely surprised that the census has revealed over a quarter of women living in the South West feel immense pressure to maintain the perfect home and many state they feel like a failure if everyday jobs, in particular the washing up, aren’t done.
"I’m sure many busy mums can relate to this stressful need to balance a job, family and a clean home.
"It’s important to talk to our partners and children to share the load.”
Did you know:
• 21 per cent of 16-18 year olds in the South West think that the washing up in mum’s responsibility
• 24 per cent admit to not giving any help with the washing up
• 73 per cent in the South West learn to do the washing by the age of ten