The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

2022 College Cleaning Survey Data


Q. When you first moved to college, how prepared were you for cleaning on your own?

28% said completely prepared
35% said very prepared
28% said somewhat prepared
6% said not very prepared
3% said not at all prepared

Q. Which of the following, if any, are preventing you from keeping your dorm or room clean?

53% said lack of motivation
50% said lack of time
19% said roommate(s) get in the way
15% said they don’t have the cleaning supplies they need
9% said they don’t know the right way to clean
1% said other
17% said none of these

Q. How often do you and your roommate(s) have arguments over how clean your home is?
(Asked among respondents with roommates)

2% said all the time
6% said often
28% said sometimes
34% said rarely
29% said never

Q. How likely would you be to walk out on a date if you saw their room was a total mess?

10% said very likely
39% said somewhat likely
40% said not very likely
10% said not at all likely

Q. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Having a clean room helps me feel my best, both mentally and physically?

61% said strongly agree
32% said somewhat agree
4% said somewhat disagree
3% said strongly disagree

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The results listed here are the findings from a Wakefield Research survey conducted among 500 US College Undergraduates, June 9-17, 2022, using an email invitation and online survey. This survey was weighted to ensure accurate representation. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. 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 4.4 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.