A third of men have never changed bed sheets, says study

Coronavirus lockdown brought to light a lot of people’s unusual (and sometimes unpleasant) habits.

But a new study has dug deeper into household routines.

Research carried out by cleaning company Maid2Match found a third of men (32 per cent) have never changed their bed sheets at home.

The survey – which featured 1,000 men and women from the USA, Australia and the UK – also revealed that more than half of men (53%) said they performed a chore badly on purpose and a quarter (26%) admitted to feeling like they didn’t get enough praise for completing housework.

It also seems that – despite it being 2020 – women still carry out most of housework, with two thirds of women (66%) stating that they do the majority of or all chores. 

The study also found that married men do 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 and single women spend an hour and 50 minutes.

However, it seems answers did vary with different nations. British men appeared to be the most involved with daily housework, followed by Australian men then American men.

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 do men, it seems unfair that they are still the ones who are picking up the dirty socks or vacuuming the house at the weekend.’

How often should you change bed sheets?

According to microbiologist Philip Tierno, bed sheets should be changed once a week – and turning them inside out doesn’t count.

This is because the sweat and moisture we produce while sleeping creates an ideal environment for bacteria and fungus to thrive.

Microbes in the air – like dust, pollen and lint – also make sheets dirty, so it’s important to change them regularly.

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