Plenty to ‘fund wedding’ of couples who “Vow To Clean”


Kitchen roll brand Plenty has vowed to buy a wedding for one lucky couple, who simply make cleaning up mess part of their wedding vows.

It comes as new research has revealed that British couples see cleaning as a desired act of love and that partners who clean for each other enjoy stronger relationships.

Because love is messy, Plenty, which is owned by Essity, is proposing that “those three words we long to hear” are in fact “I’ll clean up”.

So, in a new integrated campaign by AMV BBDO, Plenty suggests we ditch the expensive gifts or the petrol station bouquet, and turn our partner on by rolling up our sleeves and getting our scrub-on.

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To encourage this enduring behaviour change, Plenty is launching “Vow To Clean”, offering a lucky couple the chance to win a free wedding ceremony when they commit to cleaning in their wedding vows.

The work is born of the Plenty “Love is Messy” platform, created in 2020, from the insight that healthier relationships to mess make for stronger relationships with one another, and a newly commissioned survey of 1,000 British couples that reveals that cleaning is an act of love.

The research reveals that 72% of Brits believe that a partner proactively cleaning around the house is a display of love – one that is particularly important for the younger generation (80%+).

And 71% of them believe cleaning is a fundamental part of a healthy cohabitating relationship – 1 in 3 even believe that cleaning should be added as a vow in marriage.

Today, acts like cleaning the kitchen and taking the bins out appear to be much more evenly split amongst couples with both men and women saying they share the effort in their relationships.

However, tension remains when it comes to doing the general cleaning up around the house – in fact, research has shown that 1 in 4 marriages end because disagreements over housework.

Plenty’s findings also shows that over 60% of Brits would rather have a clean kitchen than a bunch of flowers.

Eight out of ten say that their partner cleaning up spills around the house is more important than a romantic display with rose petals and candles.

Over half say cleaning out the hair from the shower is a better gift than being drawn in a surprise bubble bath (52%). And for those with pets, over 60% of say cleaning up after messy fur babies is more important than getting a foot rub.

“Vow To Clean” wants to encourage couples to commit to cleaning for each other to keep their love strong, while positioning Plenty as a relationship tool in couples’ lives across the nation.

A promo kicks off the creative, encouraging couples to make a lifetime commitment to clean and win a free wedding ceremony. Up to three lucky couples will win a wedding ceremony when they add a vow to clean to their wedding vows.

Couples can enter here.

To amplify the message and drive engagement, AMV BBDO has also created a social media campaign, including a 20′ video teaser encapsulating the campaign’s playful essence and offering a glimpse into what the couple’s big day could look like. Ketchum is the PR agency supporting the work.

Essity Global Marketing & Communications Director, Consumer Tissue Martina Poulopati, said: “Our research unveiled the pivotal role of cleaning in relationships, mitigating the discord arising from household chores.

“’Vow to Clean’ encapsulates Plenty’s ethos in a creative and ambitious idea, echoing our true commitment to fostering enduring bonds over the mess that’s inevitable in our lives”.

Essity UK Brand Manager Leanne McLeod said: “By bringing this unique insight to life through a fun, engaging creative, we want to start a campaign to encourage the nation to clean for each other, so their love stays stronger and Plenty is thought of as an ally in positive cleaning behaviours”.

AMV BBDO Creative Partner Andre Sallowicz, said: “By reframing functional cleaning as an indispensable act of love, we’re challenging traditional notions of romance and celebrating the everyday moments that strengthen relationships in a memorable way, at people’s wedding vows.

“We talk about ‘in sickness and in health’, but what about ‘in cleanliness and in mess’?”.