These Are America’s Least Favorite Cleaning Tasks, According to a Recent Survey

One Poll recently released a survey revealing the most-dreaded cleaning tasks as reported by Americans. The poll surveyed 5,000 people, including 100 adults from each of the 50 states. The results were astonishing, with 30% of respondents agreeing on the number one hated chore.

Wondering if you’re in alignment with the rest of America? Here’s a look at the country’s least favorite cleaning tasks.

Least Favorite Cleaning Tasks

Cleaning the Shower (30%)

According to the survey, 30% of participants’ least favorite household chore was cleaning the shower. While we were surprised to learn this was the most dreaded chore, it’s easy to see why. Doors and curtains conceal most showers, so they often get cleaned less than other household surfaces, leading to a build-up of hard water spots, limescale, and mildew.

Make it easier: If this is also your least favorite chore, there are a couple of ways to make the job easier. First, start with a thorough shower clean using a product that can combat limescale and mildew. With a fresh base, choose a daily shower cleaner you can spray on the shower surround and tub and then rinse off. A daily cleaner will prevent build-up and the need for future deep scrubbing sessions.

An alternate method is the viral shower cleaning hack, which involves a refillable dish scrub brush filled with water, vinegar, and a few drops of dish soap. While you’re in the shower, give the walls a quick scrub and rinse.

Wiping Down the Bathroom (19%)

Bathrooms are full of nasty germs, so it’s no surprise that wiping down the bathroom is the second least favorite cleaning task. 

Make it Easier: Invest in disposable disinfecting wipes to make wiping down germy surfaces less of a chore. These wipes kill bacteria, and since they’re disposable, you don’t have to worry about mixing toilet cleaning rags with dish rags, for example. Disinfecting wipes are also safe for sinks, faucets, and most countertop types.

Mopping (18%)

Mopping ranks third among the most dreaded chores. It’s understandable that many people, especially those with kids and pets, would tire of cleaning the floors.

Make it Easier: Invest in a robot vacuum and mop for hands-off floor cleaning. Many of today’s robot vac/mops will vacuum and mop simultaneously, leaving hard floors squeaky clean. Some also offer home mapping and scheduling.

Cleaning Windows and Glass Doors (17%)

Glass is prone to fingerprints, smudges, and dust build-up. Plus, it’s hard to clean the outside of windows, so it’s no surprise to us that cleaning windows and glass doors clocks in as the fourth worst cleaning chore.

Make it Easier: Create a schedule to clean glass on windows and doors. Cleaning experts recommend washing the outside of windows one to two times per year. A homemade cleaner of dish soap, water, and Jet Dry works for window exteriors. However, if you live in a two-story home, this job may be best left for the pros. Spot clean window interiors as needed.