A recent survey of New Zealanders' attitudes to housework has revealed that when it comes to cleaning the toilet, 46 per cent actively avoid doing the chore, while 21 per cent would rather have dinner with their in-laws than scrub the loo.

To make matters worse, over half of those surveyed admitted to judging friends on the state of their toilet, while nearly half said they would rather hold on than use a loo they thought was dirty, even at friends houses.

The survey, by toilet care brand, Bref, quizzed more than 500 Kiwis on their household cleaning habits.

Results found New Zealanders typically spend about 3.7 hours per week doing chores, and that when it comes housework, women are still doing more than men.


On average, women spend about 3.9 hours cleaning, while men come in at 3.4 hours. However, this is far more balanced than previous generations, when women would spend roughly 2.6 times longer on housework than men, and the majority would slave away at cleaning for more than 10 hours per week.

The group less likely to pick up the vacuum cleaner were 18-24 year olds, who did an average of 2.6 hours, while the tidiest Kiwis were those in the 50 plus age bracket, who averaged 4.1 hours of chores each week.

We may be doing less than previous generations, but the survey revealed New Zealanders are still a house proud bunch, with 86 per cent of Kiwis doing a quick whip-around clean before guests arrived.