UK | October 1, 2021

Don’t air that dirty laundry – Taskrabbit reveals just how much a messy home can reduce chances of a relationship this ‘cuffing season’

• Funky smells, mouldy food left lying around, and blocked toilets revealed as the biggest turn-offs for potential suitors • Over half of Brits admit a messy home would put them off exploring a new relationship with their date • Taskrabbit offers same-day cleaning for those looking to impress a new flame

LONDON, 1 October 2021 -- With winter creeping ever closer, it can only mean one thing; cuffing season is back. As the nation waves goodbye to the summer, singletons across the country are looking to retire their dancing shoes and find someone to snuggle on the sofa with over the colder months; but Taskrabbit has revealed that the chances of finding someone are hugely reduced by a messy home. 

The two-way network, which connects skilled, reliable Taskers with those needing help with household jobs, found that unpleasant smells, leftover mouldy food, and a blocked toiletare the biggest turn-offs for any potential partners. Indeed, over half (56%) of Brits admit they’d be put off exploring a new relationship with a date simply because of the lack of cleanliness in their home. 

The research revealed the top ten messy household turn offs are: 

  1. Bad smells (39%)

  2. Old/mouldy food left around the house (36%)

  3. Blocked toilet (36%)

  4. Stained bedsheets (30%)

  5. Dirty bathroom (27%)

  6. Overflowing bin or rubbish left out (20%)

  7. Smelly/dirty towels (18%)

  8. Dirty surfaces (17%)

  9. Dirty dishes and mugs left around the house (14%)

  10. No bedsheets (11%)

Over one in five (21%) have actually declined another date with a potential new partner after seeing the state of their home. Indeed, one unlucky Brit recalled entering a date’s home to find the place crawling with insects due to the dirty surroundings, whilst another was appalled by the presence of animal droppings on the carpet.

For many, the state of our homes is never far from our minds when on a date, with a quarter of us (24%) admitting to not inviting a partner home due to embarrassment and fear of judgement as a result of mess. In fact, 15% of us have warned potential suitors that our house is untidy before returning home.

To support those in need of help this cuffing season, the Taskrabbit platform is host to a large number of skilled cleaners, with over 2,800 cleaners having registered their services across the UK in the last year alone. Many offer speedy express cleaning services, for all those in need of a quick, same-day spruce up to their home. Singletons who know that they have a date in the evening but simply don’t have the time to clean up all the forgotten mugs, hide their dirty laundry, or vacuum the stairs can call in an emergency Tasker to do it for them – all on the same day. 

With a whopping 85% of us agreeing that a beau with a clean home will increase the likelihood of agreeing to another date, Taskrabbit hopes to help the nation find love as a result of this service. 

To find same-day cleaning help, visit:

Notes to Editor:

Research was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Taskrabbit with 2,023 general consumers aged 16+, September 2021.

For more information, please contact: / 0203 588 9700

About Taskrabbit

Taskrabbit is the global network that connects skilled, reliable Taskers with people from their local communities seeking help with household tasks, such as furniture assembly, handy work, moving help, and much more. Acquired by Ingka Group (IKEA Retail) in 2017, Taskrabbit operates across the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Taskrabbit is headquartered in San Francisco with European headquarters in London. 

To find out more, please visit or join the conversation with @Taskrabbit on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube.


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