Countries with the cleanest pandemic homes ranked – and it’s bad news for Brits

Spain has topped the list of nations increasing their house cleaning after the pandemic – quite literally leaving Brits in their dust, according to a global study.

A survey of 10,754 people across 10 countries revealed 59% have upped their cleaning habits over the past 12 months.

More than half (54%) of Brits said they were cleaning more, lagging behind Spain (67%), China (66%), USA (64%) and Italy (60%) in the top five.

But less than a third (31%) of respondents in Japan or Germany have increased their house cleaning habits.

The research, revealed by Dyson as part of its first annual global dust study, found a quarter are "extremely worried" about the dust in their home.

But despite having fears about dust – few are aware of the potential impacts it can have on your wellbeing.

Household dust is a complex matrix of particles which can include dead skin cells, hair, dust mites, dust mite faeces, bacteria, viruses, mould, small insects and other fibres.

One in five of those polled were surprised to discover viruses can be present in household dust and fewer than five per cent knew dust mites and their faeces are constituents of dust at all.

Many of these particles are only visible under a microscope, so it's unsurprising most people lack clarity on the dust in their indoor environments.

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It also emerged that overall, 59% of those surveyed are cleaning their home more than they did in March 2020, with 54% of UK respondents cleaning more.

When it comes to vacuuming, the average respondent takes just over 24 minutes to cover their house.

In Spain, the typical adult spends 30 minutes 30 seconds, with Brits taking 30 minutes 20 seconds.

Dyson's global dust study investigated people's cleaning habits and behaviours – while delving deeper into the understanding of household dust and the impact it can have on wellbeing.

Dennis Mathews, research scientist in microbiology at Dyson, said: "It's safe to say that very few of us think about what's in the dust in our homes.

"Beyond the visible components of dust, our general understanding of its invisible make-up is relatively limited.

"It's those invisible components that can impact our wellbeing.

"That's why it's important that people understand household dust, even the dust they can't see, and how best to remove it.

"If people were more aware of what was in their dust and how it thrives, perhaps they would be empowered to know where to focus their time and attention when cleaning their homes to support their wellbeing."

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The research also found 77% of those polled think having less dust in the home positively affects their wellbeing.

And a third of respondents stated the main reason they clean up dust is to ensure the people in their homes feel well.

Initial studies have indicated a link between dust and viruses, but more research is needed to really understand it.

Dyson has spent almost 20 years studying real dust, with its engineers and microbiologists working together to design machines that remove the visible dirt and debris from homes, as well as picking up and filtering out microscopic particles from household dust.

Dennis Mathews added: "What this global study does show is that more education is needed around what makes up the dust in our homes.

"As we're spending more time indoors, it is important for people to realise that dust can impact our wellbeing – and that even more of us should be cleaning on a daily basis."

"We hope that this research shows that when we think about dust, we shouldn't ignore those microscopic particles that can impact our wellbeing. Cleaning shouldn't stop at the dust we can visibly see."

Increased cleaning by nation

  1. Spain – 67 %
  2. China – 64%
  3. USA – 64%
  4. Italy – 60%
  5. United Kingdom – 54%
  6. South Korea – 54%
  7. Australia – 42%
  8. France – 41%
  9. Japan – 31%
  10. Germany – 31%

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