Want to know how you measure up with the rest of the country in regard to spring cleaning? Here are the results of a spring cleaning survey sponsored by the Soap and Detergent Association:
"The following question was asked of 1,008 American adults (500 men and 508 women). The independent consumer research study was completed February 25-28, on behalf of The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), by Echo Research. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.
Do you regularly engage in spring cleaning?
- Yes (60%)
- 54% of men reported regular spring cleaning (261)
- 65% of women reported regular spring cleaning (334)
- No (40%)
- 46% of men reported not regularly spring cleaning (222)
- 35% of women reported not regularly cleaning (180)
- Spring cleaning remains a popular activity with 60% of the population participating; however, numbers of reported annual spring cleaners dropping from 68% in 2009. Significantly more women (65%) are regular spring cleaners, as compared to just over half (54%) of men.
The following questions were asked of those who indicated they plan to spring clean this year (595 American adults – 261 men and 334 women).
How long does spring cleaning typically take you to complete?
- Within 1 week (65%)
- 1 day (13%)
- 1 weekend (31%)
- 1 week (20%)
- 2 weekends (12%)
- 2 to 3 weeks (12%)
- 1 month or more (11%)
- Males’ spring cleaning rituals are generally completed in less time than females’ activities. 70% of men’s spring cleaning is complete within a week. Women, on the other hand, take more time, with only 60% of women finishing within a week. 16% of women take 2 to 3 weeks to spring clean.
Which of the following is your primary reason for spring cleaning?
- To remove clutter (36%)
- To give your house the thorough cleaning it needs (27%)
- To remove asthma or allergy triggers (21%)
- To prevent the spread of illness (6%)
- Top reasons address the ABCs of spring cleaning: allergens, bacteria and clutter."
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