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Third of women secretly love cleaning

One in three women secretly loves cleaning their house, with some describing their domestic duties as a “relaxing”, “satisfying” or even a “therapeutic” experience.

Some women said housework gave them a sense of “pleasure” and “achievement” with hoovering, tidying up and wiping surfaces named as the top three chores.

However, nearly half of those quizzed would never dream of admitting their love of cleaning to their partner, who usually ends up getting lumbered with ‘disgusting’ duties that take too much time or effort, according to the research by Zoflora disinfectant.

Chartered psychologist Dr Jane McCartney said of the findings in the Daily Express: “There are a growing number of common misconceptions about cleaning; however, women can and do get a great deal of satisfaction from it.

"There is the therapeutic routine or sense of control in creating a home environment but also, perhaps, that homes also make a personal statement – cleanliness and choice of fragrance adding to their overall sense of personal pride satisfaction.”

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