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2018 ACI National Cleaning Survey Results: Time Spent Cleaning

Q. 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. 

Q. 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

Q. 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 

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

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

Q. 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

The 2018 ACI National Cleaning Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research ( among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults, ages 18+, with an oversample of 500 Millennials, between March 7 and March 14, 2018, using an email invitation and an online survey. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points for the nationally representative sample and 4.4 percentage points for the Millennial oversample, from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the samples.

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