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2006 Survey Finds

Countertops Top Weekly Cleaning List, SDA 2006 Survey Finds

WASHINGTON, DC – March 27, 2006 – Half of Americans surveyed say countertops are the household surface they have to clean most frequently throughout the week, according to The Soap and Detergent Association’s latest National Cleaning Survey.

Floors (15%) and sinks (10%) came up a distant second and third respectively.

With the amount of spills and stains that pop up in the kitchen every day, it’s no wonder that consumers put countertops at the top of their list, according to Brian Sansoni, SDA Vice President of Communication.

“Fortunately, cleaning and disinfecting sprays and wipes make it easier than ever to tackle these surfaces throughout the week,” said Sansoni. 

SDA offers these tips to help ensure safe, proper and effective use of these products:

Do your reading: Read all product label directions carefully. Take a moment to check the label.  It's an easy way to make sure you're using the product the way it was intended.

Kill germs effectively: Disinfectants and disinfectant cleaners are designed to kill germs.  By law, disinfectant product labels must have an EPA registration number to indicate that it meets the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's criteria for disinfectants.

To make sure you have an effective germ kill, read the product label. You want to make sure the product properly disinfects the surface.  The time needed to effectively kill germs on surfaces varies from product to product.

Survey Summary: What household surface do you have to clean most frequently throughout the week?

  • Countertops (51%)
  • Floors (15%)
  • Sink (10%)
  • Bathtub (8%)
  • Toilet (6%)
  • Appliances (3%)

International Communications Research questioned 946 American male and female heads of household via telephone in February 2006 regarding their surface cleaning habits. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percent.

The Soap and Detergent Association (, the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products IndustrySM, is the non-profit trade association representing manufacturers of household, industrial, and institutional cleaning products; their ingredients and finished packaging; and oleochemical producers. SDA members produce more than 90 percent of the cleaning products marketed in the U.S. The SDA is located at 1500 K Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005.