Wollmaus: A dustball on the floor is called a “woolen mouse” in German

Literally: “woolen mouse” / meaning: dust ball on the floor 

Germans spend around two and a half hours a week cleaning their homes. That doesn’t quite live up to their reputation as cleanliness fanatics. In a study from 2019, German citizens thus spend far less than the average of the ten nations surveyed, which is at 2:52 hours. The leader is Russia with 4:49—so Ivan swings his mop and rag almost twice as long as Hans. 

This means that anyone who wants to see a real Wollmaus should not look for them in Moscow or St. Petersburg. These small, cute roommates love to hide under desks or behind cupboards. Since they are only made of dust, they at least can’t poop all over your place. Nevertheless, they seem to multiply miraculously in some apartments, just like their rodent counterparts… 

Speaking of dirty places: Japan takes the place in the study, with just 1:29 hours of cleaning time per week. However, anyone who has ever sat on a Japanese toilet knows that in the land of smiles, almost everything cleans itself automatically anyway. Quite often while playing funky music. 



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