Are you still sending your washing home to mum?

May 8th, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

A seventh of adult men still send their washing back home to mum and half rely on somebody else to do other household chores, according to a new survey from

The Mail Online reports that the survey reveals a third of British men don’t know how to go about cleaning the bathroom, can’t iron their own shirts or use the washing machine and tumble dryer. The study also reveals that three fifths of males still play with or collect toys.

Top findings from the research into British behavior include that 14 per cent of men still rely on their mothers to clean their dirty laundry, even though they no longer live in the family home. Two-thirds admitted to collecting toys aimed at kids, such as LEGO sets.

According to the Mail Online, surveyed 2,739 men over the age of 18 from across the UK. They responded to questions about household chores and how mature they felt they were. All participants had left home and were either living alone or with other people.

When asked if they helped out around the house, 56 per cent answered ‘yes’. They were then shown a list of chores and asked to identify those they did and did not complete. The main reason for not doing tasks appeared to be because somebody else had done them, with 68 per cent stating they asked another person to do it for them.

Some 42 per cent felt that they had some growing up to do when it came to certain responsibilities and 79 per cent reckoned their family and friends shared this sentiment. 

A spokesman for said: “Every man is a big kid at heart! There is, however, something to be said about men who still let their mothers shop for them, send them home with meals to microwave and wash their clothes. Mums get lumbered with that job for 18 years, so it's about time they were given a break!”

This study corroborates findings from a Karcher Window Vac survey, which revealed many women needed to re-do chores their husbands and partners had undertaken as they hadn’t done the job properly.