Time Spent Cleaning: Study Reveals Women Do Less Housework Now Than In The 60s

This definitely isn't the 60s anymore...
Young caucasian woman cleaning the oven in the kitchen
Young caucasian woman cleaning the oven in the kitchen

Don't you love watching re-runs of those nostalgic sitcoms from the 50s and 60s where the mothers were always home with their aprons tied, straightening up and washing dishes? Well, times have changed. In fact, earlier today The Telegraph reported that women are only spending approximately 18 hours a week, or 2.6 a day, on housework including cleaning, grocery shopping and cooking as opposed to 50 years ago when the average was a whopping 44 hours.

These figures were taken from a study conducted on 577 adult women in the UK by the energy supplier Npower. While this decline may partially be due to the introduction of many efficient appliances that make these tasks easier like dishwashers and vacuum cleaners, these results also coincide with the fact that more women than ever have full-time careers outside of the home.

Interestingly, there is still a gender disparity. Earlier this year we wrote about the 'American Time Use Survey' which revealed that 49 percent of women did housework like cleaning or laundry daily, while only 19 percent of men participated in these activities. Similarly, The Telegraph discussed a Groupon poll of 2,000 adults which suggested that only 1/3 of men partake in housework.

Hats off to The Telegraph for reporting on these findings.

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