Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Women Lose in Laundry Stakes

Women Lose in Laundry Stakes

Does your washing machine have scud?

Auckland, 18 March 2014 – A survey of washing machine owners shows the nation’s women are still shouldering the brunt of laundry duties, despite record numbers of women in the labour market.

The Canstar Blue nationwide survey of 739 New Zealanders highlights the reality for many women; work doesn’t at the end of the business day. Eighty eight per cent of women in the survey say they do the majority of washing in their household, compared to 59 per cent of men.

Younger women fared slightly better but were still a long way from an equal division of laundry duties, says Derek Bonnar, Canstar New Zealand General Manager.

“Gen Y men do more laundry duty than their older counterparts, but it is still far less than Gen Y women. Data from Statistics New Zealand - in 2010 - showed that each day women spend an hour more than men on household chores. It doesn’t look like much has changed.”

How and when we wash our clothes
Half of those surveyed said they washed more than five loads of laundry a week and the economy of cold wash cycles appealed to nearly 60 per cent of respondents.

Topping the washing frequency stakes were Gen Xs – more likely to have young children – and those from Otago, with around 60 per cent from each group washing five or more loads of laundry each and every week.

For an average 7kg capacity washing machine that equates to 1.8 tonnes of washing every year, or in garment terms an annual laundry list of:

• 520 pairs of adult’s jeans
• 260 pairs of children’s jeans
• 780 shirts
• 520 sheets
• 520 pillow cases
• 780 tea towels
• 780 small towels

Around a third ignored care labels and washed all clothes on the same setting, says Bonnar.

“While that might save time, it could prove to be a false economy and shorten the life of delicate garments. One in three surveyed say they have ruined clothing by mixing colours and whites in the wash.”

Scud – the scourge of our dirty washing machines
Nearly 40 per cent of respondents say they didn’t know that the inside parts of a washing machine needs to be cleaned.

Manufacturers recommend those using fabric softener or favouring a cold wash cycle should clean the inside of their machine. The reaction between laundry powder and fabric softener is termed scud, and it’s nasty, says Bonnar.

“It’s a greasy deposit that clings to the unseen parts of a washing machine, especially where a cold cycle is used. Blobs can break off and deposit on clothes. Scud can be scud-daddled by regular cleaning and running a clothes-free hot wash cycle, complete with detergent.”

For more information on cleaning their washing machine, owners should consult their manual.

Euro brand Bosch again topped the survey with 5 star ratings across all categories, says Bonnar.

“This is the third year of victory for Bosch in the Canstar Blue Washing Machine Consumer Satisfaction survey. Bosch has struck the balance between price, performance and service and is reaping the rewards with consistently high customer satisfaction scores.”

The survey covered seven categories:

1. Overall satisfaction
2. Value for money
3. Performance
4. Reliability
5. Ease of Use
6. Quietness
7. Design
8. Warranty and service

About the survey
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton using the SSI Panel to regularly survey 2,500 New Zealand consumers to measure their satisfaction across a range of products and services. The outcomes reported here are the results from a survey of consumers who have purchased and used a new washing machine in the, in this case, 739 people. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.

Age Groups:
Gen Y: 18-29
Gen X: 30-44
Baby Boomers: 45+

To view the full results of the Canstar Blue survey go to: www.canstarblue.co.nz

ENDs

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Future Brighter Money: RBNZ Releases New Bank Note Designs

New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year. More>>

ALSO:

Commerce: Supermarket Inquiry Finds No Breaches By Countdown

The Commerce Commission inquiry into anti-competitive behaviour by Countdown supermarkets, alleged by former Labour Party MP Shane Jones, has found nothing to warrant prosecution, although it warns supermarkets to take care in the way they communicate... More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: English Flags ‘Challenge’ To Budget Surplus

Finance Minister Bill English is warning next month’s half yearly fiscal and economic update from the Treasury may not forecast a budget surplus, saying that returning the government’s accounts to surplus in 2015 will be “a challenge”, given the decline in commodity prices and weak global inflation. More>>

ALSO:

March 2015: Netflix To Launch In Australia And New Zealand

World’s Leading Internet Television Network to Offer Original Series, Movies, Documentaries, Stand-Up Comedy Specials and TV Shows for Low Monthly Price More>>

ALSO:

Price Of Cheese (Is Up): Dairy Product Prices Fall To Five-Year Low

Dairy product prices fell in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction to the lowest level in more than five years, led by declines in rennet casein and skim milk powder. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Australians Scoring Trade Points Against Us With The Chinese

It hasn’t been a great year for Trade Minister Tim Groser... To top it off, Australia has just signed a FTA with China that has far better provisions on dairy exports than what New Zealand currently enjoys in our own FTA with China. More>>

ALSO:

Iwi & Local Consultation: Oil And Gas Block Offer 2015 Begins

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the start of the Block Offer 2015 process for awarding oil and gas exploration permits. More>>

Industrial Action: Stats NZ Throwing Public Money Away Duplicating Data

The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ are throwing money away by collecting the same data twice for official statistics such as the Consumer Price Index... As part of the ongoing industrial action, field interviewers who are PSA members are continuing to collect data, but are not sending it through to Statistics NZ. More>>

ALSO:

Other Stats:

Space: Rosetta's 'Philae' Makes Historic First Landing On A Comet

After more than a decade traveling through space, a robotic lander built by the European Space Agency has made the first-ever soft landing of a spacecraft on a comet. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news