Cleaning the oven listed as worst chore

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 07:10 hrs

The average busy Briton currently has 12 jobs which need doing around the house, but cleaning the oven is rated as the worst chore, a new study has revealed.

Lack of time, forgetfulness and being daunted by the prospect of starting them are the main reasons that tasks such as cleaning the oven and scouring the bath are languishing on the "to do" list.

Other "get round to it" jobs include removing hair from plugholes, sorting through the fridge and wiping skirting boards, the Daily Mail reported.

With 12 jobs needing attention in every house, that means a staggering 316 million "little household jobs" are waiting to be carried out around the UK.

A spokesman for Oven Pride, which carried out the research, said: "We all lead such hectic modern lives that it's sometimes hard to keep on top of everything. Of course the longer you leave a job, the worse it usually is when you finally get round to facing it, but making sure you have the right tools for the job can make household chores less of a nightmare.

When it comes down to it, the thought of doing a job you've put off is usually a lot worse than actually getting it done, he said.

Half of the 2,000 people studied admitted that they struggle with the nightmare of maintaining a modern home while balancing work and family life.

And the same number have a job they know they should tackle but have tried to forget it completely rather than attempt it.

Cleaning cooker hoods, descaling the kettle and dusting make the list of jobs that are most commonly avoided.

While the prospect of having to iron shirts dampens the spirit for many and features inside the top twenty most disliked chores.

The top 20 most avoided chores are:

1. Cleaning the oven

2. Cleaning the windows

3. Painting walls - touching up scratches/marks

4. Dusting

5. Vacuuming the stairs

6. Sorting out a bedroom cupboard

7. Defrosting the freezer

8. Cleaning the skirting boards

9. Moving furniture to clean behind

10. Hoovering under the sofa cushions

11. Cleaning cooker hoods

12. Organising the garage

13. Mowing the lawn

14. De-scaling the kettle

15. Cleaning the bathroom

16. Cleaning out the fridge

17. Painting a fence

18. Ironing shirts

19. Cleaning the toilet

20. Scouring the bath (ANI)

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