If you were counting on your significant other to help out with the chores over Christmas, then you couldn’t be more wrong.
Research by Victoria Plumb has revealed that men in Northamptonshire spend only two minutes or less cleaning the toilet each week compared to 10 minutes catching up with the news and using social media while sat on the throne.
Ladies, you’re more likely to find your partner tweeting than cleaning. Shockingly, 12 per cent of men in the region admitted to never cleaning the toilet.
In Northamptonshire, when it comes to sharing the household chores, the survey found that almost a third (30 per cent) of men deliberately do a bad cleaning job to avoid being asked to do it again in the future.
Cleaning the bath and shower, washing up and even hanging clothes out to dry are among the chores men are most likely to botch.
Despite this, two thirds of women don’t trust their partner to do the cleaning anyway, with 60 per cent even claiming they would rather their other half left it to them to take care of.
Bizarre toilet habits don’t stop there, with 70 per cent of people making calls or texting friends while on the toilet – if you’re on the phone for approximately 14 minutes the chances are you’ve been a victim of a ‘loo dial’.
From the 2,000 Brits surveyed by Victoria Plumb, the majority of men found their plan worked with one in four (42 per cent) saying they never get asked to help out and 64 per cent saying they now only get the occasional request from their significant other.
Adam Chard, bathroom specialist from Victoria Plumb, said: “Most men will admit they don’t always pull their weight when it comes to the cleaning, but it’s worrying to see so many purposely do a bad job and spending more time on their smartphones while on the loo. No one enjoys cleaning, especially the most hated chores like cleaning the bathroom, and it’s likely that your partner wants to avoid having to do it as much as you do.
“But intentionally doing something wrong, or half-heartedly in the hope you won’t get lumbered with the task again in the future is a risky game. The easiest solution is to share the chores, without doing a bad job of them, so that everyone is happy.”