“People put off annoying household chores!” says oven cleaner manufacturer

Have you ever noticed how those pesky little chores add up? You know the ones, those everyday duties which you just keep putting off, until your laundry basket is overflowing, there’s no clean plates left and you’ve weeks worth of pr-based news stories just lying around your inbox waiting to be exposed. We’ve all been there, right?

Hairy plug holes, filthy ovens and dusty skirting boards: Busy Brits have 12 jobs which need doing around the house, research reveals

Vowing to clean up was one of the most common New Year’s resolutions at the start of 2013. But it would seem many of us are still procrastinating when it comes to keeping up with our household chores.

The average busy Briton currently has 12 jobs which need doing around the house, new research has revealed.

A 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.

Source: Daily Mail, 5 February 2013 (and paper edition)

As the article – which also appeared in the print editions of the Daily Express and Daily Star – clearly highlights just how annoying household chores can be, with tasks like dusting and hoovering making unsurprising appearances high on the list. 

Speaking of unsurprising, the most annoying and dreaded of all the household chores – as helpfully demonstrated by photograph of the nice lady in the marigolds – is cleaning the oven. Filthy ovens, it seems, are a source of irritation to us all. I for one feel better that someone put the time into paying a pr company to create a survey designed to find this out.

Yesterday 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.’

That it was the makers of oven cleaner Oven Pride who commissioned the research (carried out, of course, by OnePoll), ought to be the least surprising thing about this whole affair. 

As for the journalist at the Mail – Katy Winter – given that she took 79% of her article from the original press release, it’s fair to assume she has plenty of time on her hands at the moment. Her oven must be spotless.