New Populus research shows just how often Brits clean their cars. In July 2019 Populus surveyed 1,700 motorists on their car cleaning habits. This research formed part of a wider investigation.

The survey found that just over a third (37%) of Brits clean their car every few months, with one in 20 (4%) putting it off for even longer as they see it as an annual chore.

A priority for car owners is keeping up appearances with almost half (47%) cleaning the exterior of their car at least twice a month, but often neglecting the interior. More than half of those surveyed (61%) said they didn’t clean the interior of their cars twice a month.

Parents of children under the age of 18 are more likely to clean the interior of their cars more frequently with half (48%) admitting they clean the inside of their cars at least twice a month.

More than a quarter of respondents (27%) have admitted to getting someone else to clean their car for them with 19% having their car professionally cleaned while 8% rely on a family member or partner.

Given what we’re putting in our cars, should we be cleaning them more frequently?

Despite only 30% of car owners cleaning their cars once a month, our research found a third of Brits will transport dirtier items like gardening (17%) or DIY (16%) equipment in their cars on a monthly basis.


To view the full data tables on the nation’s car cleaning habits, click here.


Populus conducted an online sample of 1,700 GB adults 18+ between 17 and 18 July 2019. Data is weighted to be representative of the population of Great Britain. Populus is a founder member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. For further information see