Across the Western world, men do far less unpaid work, such as routine work and shopping, than women.

London - When women responded with the answers “relaxing”, “satisfying” and “therapeutic”, you might have thought they were reviewing a spa treatment.

In fact, this is how one in three women feel about doing the housework.

Many women admitted to UK researchers that they loved cleaning because it gave them a sense of “pleasure” and “achievement”. It also made them feel better about receiving surprise visitors who wouldn’t see the house in a mess.

However, almost four out of 10 of those who love cleaning admitted it was a secret passion – and they would never tell their other half they enjoyed getting to grips with the housework.

The admissions emerged in a survey carried out among 2 000 women by Zoflora disinfectant.

Dr Jane McCartney, a chartered psychologist and consultant to Zoflora, said: “There are a growing number of common misconceptions about cleaning. However, women can and do get a great deal of satisfaction from cleaning.

“There is the therapeutic routine or sense of control in creating a home environment but also perhaps, that homes also make a personal statement – cleanliness adding to their overall sense of personal pride satisfaction.

“Taking on tasks that you have a realistic chance of completing can provide immediate positive feedback; the undertaking and completion of the task will allow you to have a sense of control.

“The sense of achievement is an important factor in a person’s well-being, and cleaning is an area where this achievement can live beyond the actual task itself.”

The study found vacuuming, tidying up and wiping surfaces clean were three household chores women enjoy. But cleaning the oven, the toilet and doing the ironing were the ones they were most likely to hate.

Household tasks which required too much time, too much effort or were labelled “disgusting” were most likely to be left to husbands or partners.

But chores that left their house looking noticeably clean were the ones women preferred and enjoyed, like dusting and washing the dishes.

The majority of women said they preferred to clean soon after they made a mess, rather than leaving everything until later. Forty percent said they did all the cleaning themselves, but most said their partner was equally responsible for the chores.

Incredibly, one in 10 of the women love cleaning so much they go as far as to clean other people’s homes because it makes them feel good. – Daily Mail


1. Vacuuming

2. Tidying

3. Wiping surfaces clean

4. Putting the washing on

5. Hanging things on the line

6. Changing the sheets

7. Dusting

8. Washing up

9. Ironing

10. Mopping the floors


1. Cleaning the oven

2. Cleaning the toilet

3. Cleaning the shower

4. Cleaning the bath

5. Defrosting the freezer

6. Cleaning the fridge

7. Sweeping the floors

8. Washing up

9. Taking the rubbish out

10. Vacuuming the stairs