A new study found one in three adults (30 percent) are now being more judgmental of others’ homes than before the Covid-19 health crisis.
A staggering 11.5 million Britons think a friend’s home “needs a good clean” – with 11 percent of us admitting knowing someone whose home is “filthy”.
A third of Britons have even clandestinely swept a finger along a worktop or mantelpiece to check for dust in another person’s home.
Research shows 13 percent of us admit the first thing we do when we enter someone’s home is to scan it for dirt, dust and grime.
Spurred by online cleaning icons like Mrs Hinch, one in five (20 percent) of us make up their mind about a host’s cleanliness in just 15 seconds.
The home cleanliness study was carried out by leading hygiene solutions provider, INEOS Hygienics.
It found the typical visitor will keep an eye out for sticky door handles, dirty work tops, spillage stains on carpets and furniture, and stains in the loo.
Dusty surfaces, dishes in the sink, coats slung over bannisters and fingerprints on doors and walls are also in their crosshairs on arrival.
While towels on radiators, empty cups or glasses left on surfaces and kids’ toys on the floor will also count against you.
George Ratcliffe, Chief Operating Officer of INEOS Hygienics said: “After the past 24 months we’ve become more tuned into cleanliness.
“Naturally, people want to feel safe and secure when visiting other people’s homes, especially now we’re in winter.
“We live busy lives and can have a lot going on, so it can be easy for standards to slip sometimes.”
The study also found those who admit to judging others are not shy about passing on their displeasure to friends or colleagues, with 73 per cent admitting they have been unable to stop themselves making a comment as soon as they have left the property.
And three in five (60 percent) have gone into work soon after to spread the word.
One in four (28 percent) said they are more concerned about hygiene since the new Covid Omicron variant began to spread.
Britons are also turning to social media for inspiration – with cleaning hack trends like #CleanTok on TikTok clocking up 26.9 billion views.
Overall, the average Briton rates the cleanliness and tidiness of their own home at just 6.5 out of ten.
TOP 20 OF WHAT VISITORS LOOK OUT FOR:
1 – Stains in the toilet 33.50 percent
2 – Unclean work surfaces 30.94 percent
3 – Dirty worktops 30.06 percent
4 – Spillage stains on carpets/ furniture 24.66 percent
5 – Dusty surfaces 24.26 percent
6 – Dishes in the sink 23.18 percent
7 – Food left out 23.18 percent
8 – Cobwebs 21.61 percent
9 – Sticky door handles 20.53 percent
10 – Empty cups left on surfaces 20.24 percent.
11 – The state of the garden 18.27 percent
12 – Fingerprints on doors and the walls 15.03 percent
13 – Clothes on furniture 14.05 percent
14 – Footprints on the floors 13.75 percent
15 – State of the lawn 12.77 percent
16 – Bikes left in the front garden 10.51 percent
17 – Not having hand sanitisers around for people to use 10.12 percent
18 – Kids toys on the floor 9.63 percent
19 – Quality of soft furnishings 9.63 percent
20 – Coats slung over bannisters 9.53 percent