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How Much Time Americans Spend Cleaning Their Homes Each Week

On average, Americans spend approximately six hours per week cleaning their homes, with more than a quarter (28%) spending over seven hours straightening up. However, roughly a third of us are concerned if it’s enough and if we’re cleaning correctly, according to survey results compiled by the American Cleaning Institute. Among the findings:

Approximately how many hours per week, if any, do you typically spend cleaning?

  • 10% Less than one hour
  • 21% 1-2 hours
  • 26% 3-4 hours
  • 15% 5-6 hours
  • 28% 7 hours or more

The average number of hours we clean is six, with parents spending 7 hours per week on average.

Which of the following concerns, if any, do you have about cleaning?

  • 38% Preventing illness or allergy symptoms
  • 34% Whether I’m cleaning frequently enough
  • 32% Areas in my home that I should be cleaning
  • 31% Whether I’m cleaning correctly

Which of the following do you do more often?

  • 74% “Light cleaning,” a general surface-level cleaning of your household
  • 26% “Deep cleaning,” a thorough cleaning of the entire household, including floors, furniture, and surfaces

Which of the following, if any, do you regularly clean?

  • 88% of Toilets
  • 80% Floors
  • 75% Appliances
  • 70% Faucets
  • 62% Carpets and rugs
  • 60% Cell phone
  • 56% Computers and tablets
  • 45% Doorknobs

Which of the following activities do you dread most?

  • 52% Cleaning the bathroom
  • 23% Cleaning the kitchen
  • 21% Dusting
  • 20% Mopping
  • 17% Doing the laundry
  • 17% Doing the dishes
  • 9% Sweeping