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The UK's most-hated household chores revealed


Over a third of Brits hate cleaning the bathroom more than any other room in the house, according to a survey by bingo website Tombola. But when it comes to the individual chores we dread, it's kitchen cleaning and laundry tasks that top the list of the nation's most hated household chores.

As we imagine you'd rather be out in the sunshine - or, quite frankly, anywhere - than stuck inside doing the housework, we've put together our top cleaning hacks to make light work of the nation's top six housework horrors.

1. Cleaning the oven

It's not hard to see why cleaning the oven holds the number one spot in this round-up of housework Brits dislike the most; it's messy, it's labour-intensive and it can be awkward and uncomfortable to get into those hard-to-reach places. Our favourite oven cleaning time-saver? Once you've taken out the oven shelves and the shelf brackets (if they're removable), put the whole lot through the dishwasher. If they don't fit, soak them overnight in a large plastic container filled with a solution of warm water and biological washing powder. You should then find it much easier to shift burnt-on food.

2. Ironing clothes

The Marmite of household chores, ironing is a task some people claim to enjoy while others loathe it. Either way, if you're looking to reduce the time you spend at the ironing board, try this. When you're ironing flat sheets or duvet covers - especially double or kingsize ones - fold them in half lengthways, taking care to keep the bedding taut and wrinkle-free and turn the steam setting on the iron up to the max. Providing your iron produces a good amount of steam, you should get away with just ironing one half of your bedding.

3. Washing the dishes

If you stick to doing the washing up in a certain order, you should be able to change the dish water less often part-way through the job, saving you time, water and the energy needed to heat it.

Start with glasses (which should also dry quicker and with fewer water marks if you wash them while the water is at its hottest). Next comes lightly soiled crockery such as mugs and side plates, then dinner plates and cutlery. Save heavily soiled things like serving dishes, pans and roasting tins until the end.

4. Cleaning windows

The results of cleaning the windows are so satisfying, it's just a shame the process isn't! To achieve a gleaming, streak-free sparkle, add a little dishwasher rinse aid to the water. The e-cloth Window Cleaning pack also works wonders without the need for any chemicals whatsoever.

5. Dusting the blinds

If you have Venetian blinds, keeping them dust-free can be a daunting prospect. Investing in a special brush like Lakeland's Microfibre Venetian Blind Cleaner is one option, but for a quick clean, pop an old sock on your hand and run your hand between the slats.

6. Unclogging the sink

Once the plughole is clogged, there's nothing for it but to keep on plunging until it flows freely again. You can, however, prevent it becoming clogged in the first place. Every fortnight or so, pour a kettle-full of just-boiled water into a jug and stir in two or three tablespoons of soda crystals until completely dissolved. Pour the whole lot down the plughole to break up fats, oils and soap scum.

And just in case you were wondering what the UK's favourite bit of housework is, the Tombola research reveals that it's vacuuming, with almost a third of us saying we actively enjoy it!