EVEN THE simplest of household tasks are proving difficult for British adults, new research has revealed.

A survey of 1,000 UK adults found that 64 per cent of Brits don’t know how to carry out simple domestic tasks, with more than half (51 per cent) admitting that they will turn to someone else for help.

Family members are the first on speed dial as almost three-quarters of us (72 per cent) ask relatives for help to get the job done. Sixty eight per cent of people said they turn to the internet for advice, while nearly half (46 per cent) will turn to friends in their time of need.

The survey, by carried out by lighting supplier LED Hut, further revealed which household tasks Brits struggle with the most, with changing a lightbulb topping the list at 71 per cent.

Of those polled, 59 per cent said they don’t know how to clean out their vacuum filter and more than half (53 per cent) don’t know how to deep clean their coffee machine.

Changing the fuse in a plug is next to appear on the list of jobs Brits struggle with, while nearly half of us (45 per cent) don’t know how to bleed a radiator.

Unclogging a drain stumps 38 per cent of respondents and the same number struggle to organise their recycling.

More than a third of people (36 per cent) said they did not know how to clean their washing machine, while a quarter said they would need help to reset their boiler. Completing the list, 22 per cent of Brits would struggle to put up a shelf.

Alex Nathan, Ecommerce Manager at LED Hut commented: “It seems that general household knowledge, maintenance and skills are holding less importance in today’s generation, with a high proportion of people relying on the aid of family or the internet for assistance.

“Learning how to complete tasks around the home is a fantastic life lesson and is something you can share with younger generations. Turning to others might seem easier, but why not ask someone to show you how to complete the task so you can learn a new skill and pass your knowledge on to others.”