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Couples Argue Over Household Chores

Survey Says: Couples Argue About Gross Habits

Cohabiting couples often complain that their relationships move into roommate territory after they move in together. When you have to share chores and personal space, it's easy for everyday annoyances to kill some of the romance. Now, statistics collected by the site betterbathrooms.com conveniently found that couples mostly fight about cleanliness. The site surveyed 3,000 British adults and discovered that a fifth considered breaking up over chores.


Disgusting habits fill the top 10 argument triggers, which include:

  1. Stubble in the sink
  2. Dirty marks in the toilet
  3. Flicking TV channels
  4. Not replacing the toilet roll
  5. Leaving the seat up
  6. Leaving lights on
  7. Leaving dirty cups around the house
  8. Leaving wet towels on the floor/bed
  9. Hoarding stuff
  10. Not flushing the toilet

Gross! Do these arguments sound familiar?

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pureperfection pureperfection 5 years
honestly... i dont see the biggie... you just do it, u dont have to keep reminding on another to do it... its prolly because im a girl but those mentioned above sounds like things i will forget to do... hehe. guilty...
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
And it's not like you touch the urine after it leaves your body, even if it sits there, so I fail to see how that's unhygienic... I'm a water conserver and proud to say that. Short showers, I don't leave the water running when I'm not using it, I avoid being wasteful, etc. "Estimates vary, but each person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day. Are you surprised that the largest use of household water is to flush the toilet, and after that, to take showers and baths? " (From a government site)
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
And it's not like you touch the urine after it leaves your body, even if it sits there, so I fail to see how that's unhygienic... I'm a water conserver and proud to say that. Short showers, I don't leave the water running when I'm not using it, I avoid being wasteful, etc. "Estimates vary, but each person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day. Are you surprised that the largest use of household water is to flush the toilet, and after that, to take showers and baths? " (From a government site)
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
That's just in your head though because urine is sterile. If I flushed every time, I would use about 10-15 gallons on flushing alone each day. Of course I wash my hands. We're not talking about wasting 1 gallon, we're talking about using 10-15 times that.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Same, Amber on the flushing issue. It's about a gallon of water and considering how much I pee, my water bill would be higher than my electricity bill if I flushed every time :P It's clear mostly and you can't tell anyway. When I lived with my ex, my only real complain was leaving clothes on the floor. I would have to sweep the entire room and closet before doing laundry. I couldn't tell what was clean and what was dirty, it drove me nuts. I'm doing his laundry, the least he could do is put the damn clothes in the basket. If my next mate does that, there will be blood :P
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Same, Amber on the flushing issue. It's about a gallon of water and considering how much I pee, my water bill would be higher than my electricity bill if I flushed every time :P It's clear mostly and you can't tell anyway. When I lived with my ex, my only real complain was leaving clothes on the floor. I would have to sweep the entire room and closet before doing laundry. I couldn't tell what was clean and what was dirty, it drove me nuts. I'm doing his laundry, the least he could do is put the damn clothes in the basket. If my next mate does that, there will be blood :P
amber512 amber512 5 years
Natalie - I don't flush unless it's poop or a lot of urine. No point wasting water for a little dribble. My husband and I don't really fight about any of this. Although I do get frustrated that he leaves his socks all over the house. He takes them off and chucks them wherever when he gets home, and then will put on new ones if he leaves again and then chucks them off again.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Natalie - I don't flush unless it's poop or a lot of urine. No point wasting water for a little dribble.My husband and I don't really fight about any of this. Although I do get frustrated that he leaves his socks all over the house. He takes them off and chucks them wherever when he gets home, and then will put on new ones if he leaves again and then chucks them off again.
TNEllis TNEllis 5 years
I agree with the toilet paper one, 4 sure! How irritating when it's not turned the proper way! My ex fiance had a couple of good qualities...one was his cleanliness (he was very helpful around the house, just hated dishes, even loading the dishwasher)!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Not replacing the cap on the toothpaste after it is used. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Zero to bitch in under three seconds. ;)
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 5 years
My boyfriend doesn't do any of that stuff. Sometimes he mentions I leave the lights on when I leave a room, but it won't result in an argument. What is there to argue about? "Oh, sorry about that". And that's it... I can say we've argued in the past, but never about any of these petty things! But some of these are weird. Who in this world doesn't flush the toilet?! And leaving marks on the toilet, ahhh, there's a toilet scrub for that. I would never do those and be really grossed out if my partner didn't care enough to either. It kind-of shows disrespect, that they don't care about grossing you out. Eeeeek.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 5 years
My boyfriend doesn't do any of that stuff. Sometimes he mentions I leave the lights on when I leave a room, but it won't result in an argument. What is there to argue about? "Oh, sorry about that". And that's it... I can say we've argued in the past, but never about any of these petty things!But some of these are weird. Who in this world doesn't flush the toilet?! And leaving marks on the toilet, ahhh, there's a toilet scrub for that. I would never do those and be really grossed out if my partner didn't care enough to either. It kind-of shows disrespect, that they don't care about grossing you out. Eeeeek.
Emily-Co Emily-Co 5 years
Leaving the toilet seat up is my number one pet peeve!
Annie-Gabillet Annie-Gabillet 5 years
Agreed!
Annie-Gabillet Annie-Gabillet 5 years
Agreed!
dexaholic dexaholic 5 years
It's always annoying when someone leaves a square or two on the toilet paper roll, knowing full well it's not enough for the next person. Another annoying thing about toilet paper rolls is when they are put on the wrong way. The paper should always fall over the FRONT of the roll, not behind!
dexaholic dexaholic 5 years
It's always annoying when someone leaves a square or two on the toilet paper roll, knowing full well it's not enough for the next person.Another annoying thing about toilet paper rolls is when they are put on the wrong way. The paper should always fall over the FRONT of the roll, not behind!
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