CLR's "Leap Year" Cleaning Study Reveals People Spend 673 Hours per Year Cleaning

February Would Need 56 Days to Make Up Time Spent Scrubbing

Feb 28, 2012, 14:00 ET from JELMAR

SKOKIE, Ill., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Once every four years, the world gets an extra day. And the last thing people want to do is spend it cleaning. But according to a new national survey from CLR Cleaners (, we could use that extra "Leap Day" – and then some – to help catch up on our cleaning.


On average, American adults spend 13 hours per week cleaning. And there's quite a disparity when it comes to the difference between men and women. Women spend 15.6 hours a week cleaning, while men only spend 10.2 hours. That's a difference of more than SEVEN 40-hour work weeks, each year!

Despite the heavy workload around the house, the survey revealed that even with an "extra" day in a Leap Year, neither men nor women want to use that extra time to clean the house. This is why CLR wants to make cleaning easier, so that you can transform "chore time" into "your time" and get back to spending your time in a way you enjoy.

"Everyone wants a clean home, but nobody wants to spend hours and hours on this thankless task," said Jelmar president Alison Gutterman. "That's why CLR Cleaners are formulated to be powerful, effective and fast-acting to get the job done quickly, so you can have more time to do the things you love to do."

The line of CLR cleaning products is a multitasker's dream. From high-traffic and high-grime spots like the bathroom and kitchen to areas outside the home like the patio or garage, dirt, dust and grime don't stand a chance.

The original Calcium, Lime and Rust cleaner has helped people clean faster and "get their day back" for more than 30 years. And now we've taken that cleaning power to the entire house inside and out with products like CLR Stainless Steel Cleaner, CLR Stone Cleaner, CLR Outdoor Furniture Cleaner or CLR Bathroom & Kitchen Cleaner.

CLR also polled men and women about what they would rather be doing with their extra "Leap Day." And while the preferred activity – spending time with family – formed a consensus between men and women, that's where the similarities end. Here is how people would prefer to spend their extra time in 2012:

Women's Top Five preferred ways to spend Leap Day:

  • 70% Spending time with family
  • 40% Shopping spree
  • 38% Spending the day at a spa
  • 31% Having sex
  • 24% Partying with friends


Men's Top Five preferred ways to spend Leap Day:

  • 63% Spending time with family
  • 60% Having sex
  • 37% Partying with friends
  • 29% Attending a sporting event or concert
  • 26% Working out


Follow CLR at for more news, tips and ideas throughout the year on how to turn "chore day" into "your day."

JELMAR is a leading manufacturer of a broad range of household cleaning products, including CLR® and Tarn-X® brands of cleaners. 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. For more information visit