According to a survey by household appliance manufacturer DeLonghi, half of all women would be more impressed if their partner did the ironing than if he took her out for a candlelit dinner or whisked her away for the weekend.
Other chores that could get a guy into his lady’s good books include taking the bins out and doing the washing up.
Psychologist Cary Cooper, a professor at the University of Lancaster, said: “This shows that quite a lot of women still think that men don’t pull their weight at home.
“Many women are still working the double shift, doing the household chores and also having a career, whereas men still have a working role primarily.”
It’s a simple equation really. If men help out with the housework, their partners will be more likely to reward them, and sex could well be on the agenda.
However, guys who neglected the vacuuming and the laundry during the World Cup could have a lot of making up to do.
According to the Mirror newspaper, a separate survey by laundry experts Dr Beckmann showed that women were left doing three times as much housework while the tournament was taking place.