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“YOU make the beds, you wash the dishes, and six months later you have to start all over again,” Joan Rivers once famously said.
Dishes: we love to eat off them but hate to wash them.
But despite the typical nightly moans and groans and arguments about whose turn it is to do the dishes, a new study has revealed that 56% of people can only leave dirty dishes for a couple of hours before being compelled to wash them, and men are more eager to get the job done than women.
The Dirt on Dishes Report, an independent Australia-wide study commissioned by Palmolive, found a quarter of respondents (27%) said they “have to wash up straight away” while only one in 10 admitted to leaving dirty dishes laying around for up to three days, with more women admitting to this than men. Respondents in the 25 to 34-year-old age group took out the lazy title, being more likely to leave plates piling up for days before they are finally washed.
The report also found, contrary to popular belief, men are less lazy than women when it comes to dishwashing, with guys more likely to wash the dishes by hand than put them into the dishwasher.
Almost a quarter of women (23%) admitted to putting them straight into the dishwasher without rinsing or scraping off extra food, compared to just 16% of males.
Heather Lane, who works at How to Cook in Cotton Tree, said she agreed with the report's findings that men were more likely to clean up immediately.
“They will clean up immediately but if the dishes have been sitting there a while, they won't touch them,” she said. “It's almost immediately or not at all.”
She thought men probably preferred hand washing as it got the job out of the way and they wouldn't risk being asked to unload the dishwasher during the big game on TV.
In her own household, Heather is the kind of cook who likes to clean as she goes. The dishes will almost be completely done by the time she has finished cooking.
Her partner, on the other hand, prefers to wait until everything has been used.
“He'll do everything in one big shebang,” she said.
But she has no complaints about his dishwashing promptness.
“He's pretty good that way,” she said. “He always gets them done. My only argument is the quality.”
Aiden Pint admitted that when he was a teenager, he was atrocious when it came to doing the dishes. But now that he lives away from home, he is vigilant about ensuring they don't get out of hand.
“Sometimes you're tired and just can't be bothered, but it's better to just suck it up and wash them straight away rather than having to get up to a filthy kitchen,” he said. “My flatmate, on the other hand, will leave the dishes for up to a week at a time until she runs out of things to eat off.”