This Is the Chore Americans Hate the Most, New Survey Says

Adults in the U.S. dislike these household chores more than any other.

Let's be honest, no one likes doing chores—there are almost always a million other things you'd rather be doing with your time. But, unless you don't mind living in an unclean, cluttered, and disorganized home, they are a necessary evil. And at least it feels good to check something off that ever-growing to-do list staring you down at the start of each day. Some chores are far more tedious than others and every person is different when it comes to the tasks they don't mind tackling, and the ones they absolutely dread. But with spring cleaning season upon us, a new survey set out to find out which household chore Americans hate the most.

In a survey conducted by YouGov in March 2021, 1,775 U.S. adults were asked to identify their least favorite household chore. Out of 10 tasks, there was a three-way tie for least favorite. Read on to discover the most hated household chores—organized here from the least amount of votes to the most—and see how your chore preferences align with the rest of the country. And for more on how to keep your home spick-and-span, check out The One Thing in Your Kitchen You're Not Cleaning Enough.

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Sanitizing and wiping kitchen surfaces

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U.S. adults who say this is their least favorite chore: 1 percent

9
Taking the trash out

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U.S. adults who say this is their least favorite chore: 3 percent

And to find out which part of the country generates the most garbage, check out This Is the Most Reckless State in America, According to Data.

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Organizing clutter

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U.S. adults who say this is their least favorite chore: 5 percent

7
Vacuuming

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U.S. adults who say this is their least favorite chore: 5 percent

6
Sweeping or mopping

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U.S. adults who say this is their least favorite chore: 10 percent

6
Ironing

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U.S. adults who say this is their least favorite chore: 10 percent

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Dusting

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U.S. adults who say this is their least favorite chore: 11 percent

1
Cleaning the bathroom

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U.S. adults who say this is their least favorite chore: 14 percent

1
Doing the dishes

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U.S. adults who say this is their least favorite chore: 14 percent

1
Doing laundry

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U.S. adults who say this is their least favorite chore: 14 percent

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