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People would rather get busy cleaning the house than get busy in the bedroom. Buzz60’s Sean Dowling has more.

Amidst the trend towards mindfulness and minimalism, Americans are increasingly finding happiness in cleaning — and the numbers are backing it up.

A new study examining people’s cleaning frequencies and their personality traits revealed Americans who are “super clean” are twice as happy with their overall lives than those who believe themselves to be “messy.”

The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Carbona, surveyed 2,000 Americans and divided them into three self-identifying groups: super clean, moderately clean and messy based on levels of cleanliness.

Results found that the correlation between cleanliness and happiness even makes its way into the bedroom. A super clean person has been found to have more sex per month than a messy person ‒ between 7-10 percent respectively.

Super clean types are so aglow with love that 75 percent were found to be happier with their love life and relationships than those who aren’t cleaning regularly.

The results showed a remarkable correlation between happiness levels and cleaning in every major category studied. Happiness levels declined the less cleanly a person rated themselves.

A tidy home therefore clearly does make for a tidy mind seeing as super cleans were 70 percent more satisfied with the level of stress in their lives than were moderate cleaners.

Super clean types are also far more content when it came to family —- emerging 81 percent happier where family matters were concerned in comparison to the messier types.

It can’t come as a surprise that super cleans aren’t just organized when it comes to their homes — they also love a neat schedule. Super cleans were 75 percent more likely to consider themselves “planners” than moderate cleaners — and a whopping 108 percent more than messy people.

That orderly personality has to come from somewhere, and super cleans were strongly influenced early on by none other than mom and dad. Three in five consistent cleaners revealed that tidiness runs in the family, since they adopted their cleaning habits most strongly from their parents.

Perhaps super cleans learned from their parents that the key to a neat home is keeping things fresh. The super cleans reported mixing up their everyday cleaning routine more than any other group.

Chris Albers, Marketing Director of Carbona notes:

“When you have a clean home, you feel proud. When you overcome the most stubborn of stains, you are left with a sense of victory and confidence. Carbona’s line of stain removal formulas were developed to overcome those ‘NOOO” moments, leaving homeowners with satisfaction and happiness when they win over messes every time.”

Being so clean does come with a reputation to protect though and super cleans are more likely to go to the lengths of hiding a stain than someone who only sweeps up occasionally.

They won’t even stop at hiding a stain and are prepared to get downright cunning. The results discovered super cleans are 31 percent more likely to blame a stain on someone else than a moderate cleaner.

Those pesky stains can be quite the troublesome topic and can even spark that little extra drama in a super clean’s normally blissful life. People who pride themselves on a clean home had a higher rate of disagreements over stains than those who tend to be a little more lax with their approach to cleanliness.

The Carbona spokesperson added:

Carbona understands the importance of a clean home. The brand recognizes removing a stain is more than a clean carpet but rather a sense of pride and accomplishment that often accompanies happier living situations. To avoid that extra drama at home, it’s important to address and tackle the stain straight away instead of hiding it and allowing it to soak in.”

The average American studied suffers as many as 55 spills or stains in their home each year.

Those tough-to-tackle stains have a way of mounting up, with results projecting Americans experience a spill or stain an incredible 3,300 times in the home across their adult lifetimes.

Not all stains are created equal though, and some seem downright impossible to erase. The research found six in 10 Americans currently have an “unconquerable stain” they’ve given up trying to remove.


                                                        Super clean            Moderately clean       Messy 
Job/career                                        67%                             40%                       38%
Love life/relationship                         70%                             50%                       40%
Body image                                       61%                             34%                       32%
Family                                                76%                             57%                       42%
Home life                                            70%                             51%                        37%
Level of stress                                    41%                               24%                        22%
Sleep quality                                       53%                               31%                         26%

In general with life                               62%                               39%                        30%


Coffee/tea                      29%
Soft drinks                      13%
Wine                               12%
Oil/butter/grease               9%
Ice cream                          8%
Tomato sauce                    7%
Maple syrup                       4%
Hot sauce                           4%
Soy sauce                           4%

Gravy                                  3%


Cooking oil stains                           39%
Tea/coffee stains                            35%
Wine stains                                     31%
Chocolate stains                              28%
Dirty carpet                                       28%
Ketchup/mustard stains                    27%
Nail polish stains                              25%
Dirt/mud marks                                 24%
Makeup stains                                  24%

Pet accidents                                    22%


• Address the stain head on as it happens.
• Know what type of stain you are working with- this will allow you to assess the steps and products needed to remove it.
• To be prepared for all of life’s messiest moments, stock up on stain-specific formulas versus multi-purpose. Each stain is different, so the products used to conquer should be as well to remove specific stains head on.