Most of us would rather do just about anything than clean the house, but it turns out, there’s an unexpected benefit to having to pitch in at home as a kid. According to a new survey, one in four Americans say doing chores actually helped them bond with their parents.
The poll of 2-thousand U.S. adults conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Kenmore also finds:
- Nearly two-thirds (64%) find comfort in doing tasks the way they learned from their parents.
- Another 60% credit their parents for passing on valuable health and cleaning tips.
- Seven in 10 respondents believe they have a strong relationship with their parents and 61% say spending quality time together is the biggest reason for that.
- Bonding over family meal time is another major contributor to those strong relationships (38%).
- Half (51%) of those polled learned to find humor and laugh things off from their parents.
The top cleaning tips people learned from their parents include:
- To pick items up, not just dust around them (73%)
- Hand-wash dishes in a specific order: silverware, glasses, plates, then pots and pans (70%)
- To “put the kitchen to bed,” as in cleaning the kitchen before leaving it for the night (68%)
- Clean a bar of soap off after using it (57%)
- To keep surfaces clean (50%)
- Take off shoes inside the house (32%)
- Move furniture around while vacuuming (24%)
- Use the 10/30 rule for cleaning, where you take the 10 extra steps or 30 extra seconds to do something the right way (21%)
- Divide the house into zones and assign each person in the household a zone to clean (19%)
- To listen to music while cleaning to help you relax while you’re working (16%)
Source: SWNS Digital