One third of men have never changed their own bed sheets

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New research suggests a third of men have never change their own bed sheets. (Getty Images)
New research suggests a third of men have never change their own bed sheets. (Getty Images)

Who doesn’t love the feeling of freshly changed bed sheets? Just a shame the process of changing them is such a faff.

But wrestling your duvet into it’s newly washed cover is just one of those household jobs that’s got to be done, if you’re female that is.

Turns out men aren’t quite so keen on the whole bed sheet changing thing with a new survey revealing that one third of men have never changed their own bed sheets.

The research was carried out by cleaning company Maid2Match, who surveyed 1,000 men and women across the UK, Australia and the US to find out about their cleaning habits.

And the bed sheet change reveal wasn’t the only surprise finding.

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The poll also revealed that more than half of men (53%) admitted to performing a chore badly on purpose to get out of doing it again, while a quarter (26%) fessed up to feeling like they didn’t get enough praise for completing housework.

Despite it being 2020 and not 1950 it seems women still carry out most of housework, with two thirds of women (66%) saying that they do the majority of or all chores.

The study also found that marital status impacted the chore doing with married men doing less to help out around the house than single men.

Men who are married spend, on average, 35 minutes a week doing chores, compared to two and half hours from married women, whereas single men dedicate an hour and 20 minutes and single women spend an hour and 50 minutes.

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Women are still doing the majority of the household chores. (Getty Images)
Women are still doing the majority of the household chores. (Getty Images)

Lockdown appears to have had an impact on household chores too, with the majority (80%) of women stating they have spent more time cleaning over the past three months, compared to just a fifth (19%) of men.

While these results are so far denting our faith in equality, it should be noted that British men appeared to be the most involved with daily housework helping with two fifths of the chores, followed by Australian men, then their American counterparts.

When it comes to doing household chores within families, a third (31%) of respondents with children say that their kids regularly help with housework, with the majority (72%) incentivise their children to help out round the house with money.

According to parents, teenagers do far less housework than ever before, with two thirds (67%) stating their teenage children believe they should be paid for helping with chores.

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Commenting on the findings Toby Schulz, CEO and co-founder of Maid2Match, commented: “We were quite surprised at how traditional the majority of families and couples still are with how they designate cleaning responsibilities.

“We have a significant number of male cleaners working for us, but it appears that outside of the cleaning industry, the duty of chores still falls mainly on the woman’s shoulders.

“Considering how much society has evolved over the last seventy years, where just as many women work full-time as men, it seems unfair that they are still the ones who are picking up the dirty socks or vacuuming the house at the weekend.”

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