Chore Wars: Battle of the Sexes

What do you think, do men or women keep the home a cleaner place? Home guru Sara Lynn did a little room-by-room research to let us know who comes out on top in the battles of the sexes when it comes to cleaning.

Chore Wars: Battle of the Sexes


Women contribute more germ-wise to the foyer because of those designer hand bags they take everywhere! Women's purses are crawling with tens of thousands (and in some cases millions) of microbes including bacteria, fungi and viruses that can make you sick.

Clean it up
  • Opt for leather or vinyl bags, which are easier to clean than cloth.
  • Hang your purse whenever possible.
  • Clean your purse regularly with disinfectant wipes.

Living Room

Men contribute most to the germs in this space. Studies have shown that a bachelor's coffee table can be contaminated with coliform or fecal bacteria, the biggest surprise being that most of it is on the remote control!

Clean it up
  • Stop putting your feet up! Ninety percent of shoes contain fecal bacteria which is easily spread.
  • Wipe your hard surfaces regularly with soap and water.
  • Wipe down the remote with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball regularly.
  • Don't eat while you channel surf.


Men surprisingly keep a kitchen cleaner than women, which may actually be due to the fact that men clean their kitchens less than women. Kitchen cloths and sponges can contain more than 100,000 bacteria per square centimetre. That's a lot of nasty bugs considering that's what you use to wash your dishes and wipe up your counters.

Clean it up
  • Change your dish cloths regularly.
  • Sanitize your sponges in the dishwasher, in the microwave or in a solution of vinegar and water.


Women rule in the bedroom! Studies have shown when it comes to changing sheets, which we know contain any number of unfriendly germs, the average woman does so every 23 days, while the average man waits 26 days. But we've found what really separates the genders is pillow contamination. Everything Sara Lynn's read suggests men's pillows contain more bacteria and fungus than women's pillows.

Clean it up
  • Wipe down bedroom surfaces regularly.
  • Wash your sheets once a week in hot water.
  • Wash your pillows twice a year.


The bathroom is a tie! Men and women could both benefit from incorporating Sara Lynn's cleaning tips in there.

Clean it up
  • Put the lid of the toilet down when flushing to prevent the dreaded 'spray'
  • Clean your bathroom thoroughly, at least once a week
  • Change your wash cloths, hand towels and bath towels regularly
  • Allow them to dry thoroughly between uses

Sara Lynn Cauchon


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