The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

2021 ACI Holiday Cleaning Survey Results


Q. How likely are you, if at all, to do the following while gathering with friends and family during the holiday season?

89% will frequently wash their hands with soap and water
79% will use hand sanitizer
69% will disinfect frequently touched surfaces
53% will socially distance
53% will use alternative greetings (fist bumping/elbow bumping)
53% will wear a mask

Q. If hosting for the holidays, how concerned, if at all, are you about your guests' opinions of your home's cleanliness and tidiness?

22% are very concerned
26% are somewhat concerned
18% are not very concerned
14% are not at all concerned
21% are not hosting for the Holidays/Not applicable

Q. How much, if at all, do you feel like you judge other people on the cleanliness and tidiness of their home?

22% judge a lot
52% judge a little
25% don't judge at all

Q. How long do you typically spend cleaning before guests arrive for the holidays?

8% spend less than 1 hour
32% spend 1-2 hours
28% spend 3-4 hours
10% spend 5-6 hours
4% spend 7-8 hours
7% spend more than 8 hours
11% spend no time at all


These are the findings from an Ipsos poll conducted November 22-23, 2021, on behalf of the American Cleaning Institute. For the survey, a sample of 1,006 adults ages 18 and over from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all respondents.