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Female Fascination For Cleaning?

Did you know that more than a third of women have admitted that they secretly like cleaning?

Although most would never tell their partners, a large number have admitted to getting excited when certain things needed doing around the house and that they got a huge amount of satisfaction from making sure their home was spic and span.

Women apparently feel relaxed and satisfied after spending a couple of hours blitzing their homes, saying they found the experience therapeutic.

Dr Jane McCartney, Chartered Psychologist and consultant to Zoflora who commissioned the recent study said: “There are a growing number of common misconceptions about cleaning however, women can and do get a great deal of satisfaction from cleaning.  There is the therapeutic routine or sense of control in creating a home environment but also perhaps, that homes also make a personal statement – cleanliness and choice of fragrance adding to their overall sense of personal pride satisfaction.

“Taking on tasks that you have a realistic chance of completing can provide immediate positive feedback; the undertaking and completion of the task will allow you to have a sense of control.

“The sense of achievement is an important factor in a person’s well-being and cleaning is an area where this achievement can live beyond the actual task itself.  For instance if you’ve spent time cleaning and tidying a room, by revisiting that room in the next few hours or days you will also revisit the sense of positive achievement associated with it.”

One in ten women love cleaning so much they go as far as to clean other people’s homes because it makes them feel good!

Making sure their house smelt clean and fresh is a priority for women with more than three quarters admitting that they would judge someone with a bad smell in their home or look at them in a negative light.

McCartney adds: “Not only is it just unpleasant to be near a bad smell, this also stems from our basic evolutionary development too.  In the past unpleasant smells would signify a danger to survival, in as much as they indicate contamination, illness or even death.”

The average women spends just over four hours a week cleaning with the majority of women cleaning as they go and doing different chores across the week – does this happen in your house?


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