A survey conducted by the University of Mumbai, which was presented at the Global Forum for Social Sciences (GFSS) in Hyderabad, revealed that more than 70 per cent of the respondents prefer clean living over hygiene.
According to the study, a majority of the surveyed individuals prefer to spend more time outside than in their homes.
They prefer to walk more often, eat out more frequently, have more leisure time and use more outdoor spaces, the report said.
According the study by the department of sociology and social work at the University, respondents from different social strata said that they were satisfied with their cleanliness and hygiene.
They said that hygiene is a matter of individual choice.
The survey also found that while most of the survey respondents said that the cleanliness of their homes and offices is important for their well-being, the respondents preferred cleanliness to the health and well-beings of their neighbours and friends.
The poll found that only 17 per cent respondents would be willing to spend their salary on cleaning the houses and offices.
This is the lowest figure found in any survey conducted in India.
The lowest number of respondents who would be happy with a salary of Rs 50,000 was found in Delhi, where 47 per cent people said they would be content with that amount.
The researchers said that these results are based on surveys conducted in three cities, Hyderabad (44 per cent), Delhi (42 per cent) and Mumbai (36 per cent).
The survey also showed that people in Mumbai are most satisfied with cleanliness.
The respondents were asked whether they preferred clean, dirty or indifferent environments to their homes, workplace or friends.