Cleaning bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and washing dishes, doing laundry rank as top five most-hated chores for parents and kids in U.S., survey finds

SKOKIE, Illinois , October 4, 2011 (press release) –

Few people actually enjoy household chores, but some chores are definitely more despised than others. And while parents and children rarely agree, they do seem to agree on which chores they both want to avoid at all costs.

Jelmar, maker of CLR cleaning products, recently conducted a national Chore Wars survey that identified the top five most-hated chores for parents and kids.

Parents' Most-Hated Chores

1. Cleaning the Bathroom
2. Washing Dishes
3. Doing Laundry
4. Cleaning the Kitchen
5. Tidying up the Bedroom

Kids' Most-Hated Chores

1. Cleaning the Bathroom
2. Washing Dishes
3. Taking out the Garbage
4. Tidying up the Bedroom
5. Doing Laundry

If parents and kids are both trying to avoid some of the same chores, then no one will be doing certain despised household duties, like cleaning the bathroom. To help parents avoid Chore War battles, CLR enlisted parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba to provide families with practical, solution-based strategies to strengthen communication and cooperation when tackling household chores.

"The earlier you expect your kids to take an active role in helping around the house, the easier you'll find it is to get them to lend a hand," says Borba. "Even kids as young as three can help out! Though it's never too late for basic training, it's easier to begin much earlier."

Borba also recommends trying a Five Minute Family Clean-Up. Assign a room to each family member, hand out cleaning supplies, set a timer for five minutes and then dash to your designated area to clean things "spick and span" before the timer goes off. Kids love to try and "beat the clock" and you'll have the house back in order in minutes!

For more information about the Chore Wars survey or additional tips from Dr. Borba, visit

About Jelmar

JELMAR is a vibrant and growing manufacturing company with a broad household cleaning product line including CLR® and Tarn-X® brands of products. Flagship CLR products include CLR Calcium, Lime and Rust Remover, CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner and CLR Septic Treatment and Drain Care. With its unique formula, the CLR brand gets the cleaning job done in virtually every area of the home. New products recently introduced include CLR Stone Cleaners and CLR Stainless Cleaner, designed with the modern kitchen in mind.

CLR Chore Wars Survey Methodology

The CLR Chore Wars Survey was conducted among a national sample of 2,500 American adults ages 18 and older, of which 297 are parents of children ages 12 to 17 years old. Fielding was carried out by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS Global) and the survey has a margin of error of +/- 5.7% at the 95% confidence level.

For children, an online survey was conducted using the field services of Opinion Research Corporation (ORC). It reached a national sample of 253 American children ages 12 to 17 years old. The margin of error for the total sample is +/- 6.2% at the 95% confidence level.

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