Just suck it up, Aussies!
AUSTRALIANS are often regarded as a laid-back bunch but a new study has found that Aussies are taking it to new extremes with many of us deliberately living and sleeping in filth to avoid vacuuming the house.
Aussies have declared it as the second most hated household chore, behind dusting, with more than a third of those surveyed only vacuuming their homes once a fortnight.
Fourteen per cent of women said they'd do anything to avoid vacuuming, from skipping a meal, cleaning up dog poo or even running 10km.
But one laid-back Aussie in Emerald's Yolandi Grobler has proved to be an exception to the study, admitting she vacuums her house regularly.
"I cannot fathom the concept of not vacuuming or cleaning," she said.
"Perhaps it is my personality or personal conviction, but when I am upset, I clean even more.
"In contrary to the research, I would most likely rather skip a meal in order to vacuum. Quite frankly, I have skipped meals or neglected an afternoon run in order to vacuum my house."
The research commissioned by robotic vacuum cleaning company Robomaid, to uncover the cleaning habits of Australians, found that nearly half the nation deliberately vacuums around furniture, knowing there is dust building up underneath.
Yolandi said she vacuumed once a week, including under her furniture, behind her fridge, bed mattress and any nook or cranny.
"I probably vacuum for two hours every week and that's my two room unit with only one rug and tiled floors," she admitted.
"Does that make me a clean freak? I used to believe everyone did that.
"Vacuuming this often has improved my health though. The dust gets into my sinuses and discomforts me."