In the spirit of creating less waste, we were shocked to learn of the new stat that 39% of Britons would rather throw away a dirty device than clean it. It comes from a survey of 2,474 people over the age of 18 who own or rent a home, conducted by window furnishing company thomas-sanderson.co.uk.
The most commonly replaced elements have been found to be:
- microwave (42% had replaced because dirty)
- toaster (28%)
- kettle (13%)
Respondents were also given a list of household appliances and asked how often they cleaned them.
Refrigerators were found to be the least frequently cleaned items, with an average of 365 days between cleanings, followed by washing machines and ovens.
Here’s the full list of worst-cleaned appliances, and because we can’t stand the idea of perfectly good, albeit slightly dirty, products going to waste, we’ve provided some links to cleaning tips from the Good Housekeeping Institute.
The 10 least regularly cleaned household appliances
1. Refrigerator – 365 (average number of days between cleanings) – How to clean
2. Washing machine – 123 – How to clean
3. Oven – 120 – How to clean
4. Freezer – 105 – How to clean
5. Toilet – 62 – How to clean
6. Microwave – 60 – How to clean
7. Sinks – 30 – How to Clean
8. Shower/bathtub – 21 – How to clean
9. Toaster – 14
ten. Hob – 5 – How to clean
The survey also found that 49% of participants said they waited for someone else to clean the device and 38% admitted they didn’t have enough time to clean thoroughly.
Syndey Smith, Marketing Manager of thomas-sanderson.co.uk, said of the results: “The old adage that ‘if it looks clean, it’s clean’ is obviously a mantra that many live by, but appliances still need to be cleaned even though they look clean.
“The fact that the average microwave is used for two months between cleanings does not make reading tasty.”
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