12 Products That’ll Clean Your House in Less Than an Hour
Hate scrubbing, mopping and vacuuming? You’re in the right place. These smart inventions will cut cleaning time by doing the work for you!
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Less hands-on cleaning…with better results
They say that Beyoncé has the same number of hours in a day as the rest of us, but when you really think about it, that’s not quite true. Queen B has an entire team of assistants to help her with stuff like cleaning, so those hours aren’t quite the same. Hiring a massive cleanup crew isn’t exactly feasible for most people, but there are ways to make the most of your time so you can allocate those precious hours to the things that matter most. Case in point: Cleaning devices that do the hard work for you while you tend to other pressing (or leisurely) matters. From window cleaners to automated vacuums, these products will make your life easier and your home cleaner. And while you’re on a cleaning kick, check out these other secrets of people who always have a clean house.
You can go ahead and put your rickety ladder away. Your world just became a better place thanks to Hobot’s Window Cleaning Robot, which adheres to your window and does all the reaching and scrubbing work for you. It converts water into a 15-micrometer-dense mist, which means streak-free, dust-free windows. This is an especially worthwhile purchase for homes with very tall or very large windows. Here are some things you haven’t cleaned in a long time (if ever!).
You should vacuum several times a week in order to eliminate dust, allergens, dirt and other gunk from your floors, but that’s easier said than done. Using an automated vacuum cleaner is one way to make sure this chore gets done as frequently as it ought to, and Roomba’s got the lockdown on such devices. The iRobot connects to Wi-Fi, is compatible with Alexa and works on both hard surfaces and carpets. It also recharges without your help. The only thing you’re responsible for is cleaning out the dustpan. One important note: Make sure you know the places you should (and shouldn’t) store your Roomba.
If you’ve automated your vacuuming, you might as well consider doing the same when it comes to mopping. The Braava Jet robot uses water and disposable pads to clean hard surfaces, including wood, laminate and tiles. It can mop for up to two hours on a single charge. How else can you keep your home spotless? With these genius tips you’ll want to steal from professional organizers.
What if we told you it was possible to get a cleaner home—and especially a cleaner bathroom—simply by flipping on the lights? Ellumi has utilized bacteria-busting light technology with this Recessed Shower Light. When on, it kills 99 percent of bacteria, mold and fungi, and it is completely safe for humans, fur companions and even your plants. The brand also offers an under-cabinet light that works the same magic. Watch out for these ways you’ve been cleaning your bathroom wrong.
Aside from scrubbing toilets, cleaning grout is probably the most dreaded chore on your list. Believe it or not, you can forget the sore knees, headaches and monotony of it all with this does-it-all gadget. It technically requires a bit of effort on your part, but Dupray’s steam-powered cleaner drastically cuts your labor time. It is also multi-functional and can be used on carpets, ovens, appliances, mattresses and car upholstery. Steam is obviously a safe, chemical-free way to clean your home. Here are some more chemical-free ways to clean your home.
Grilling is all fun and games until it comes time to clean up. The Grillbot is essentially a Roomba for your grill and works precisely as you think it would. Just place it on the grill and press Go, and the robot takes care of the gnarly scrubbing work for you. It makes a great gift for the grill aficionado in your life. And don’t miss these grilling tools and accessories you’ll definitely want.
Cat owners know that their sweet fur companions don’t always smell the greatest, and that’s largely due to their litter box. Constant upkeep is a must if you want your home to smell fresh, but it’s a chore that sometimes gets overlooked. The Litter Robot 3 automates this smelly task for you, scooping every time your cat uses it. Waste is deposited into a tray underneath that you empty on a regular basis. Bonus: It will notify you when the drawer is full. Whether you’ve got a cat or a dog, messes are bound to happen. But they’re a lot easier to handle if you’ve got one of the best vacuums for dog and cat hair.
You didn’t think we’d leave toilet scrubbing off the list, did you? This handy bleaching system by Fluidmaster eliminates much of the hard—and, let’s be honest, very gross—work associated with cleaning your toilet. It’s installed in your toilet’s tank and is directly connected to the overflow tube, which means it won’t interfere with your flapper or fill valve.
Wiping down all the screens in your house doesn’t have to involve breaking out the cleaning spray and paper towels. And let’s be honest, many of us completely ignore this task simply because we’re not quite sure how to go about it. The iRoller Screen Cleaner is a wildly simple tool that gets the job done fast. Simply roll it down your screen and watch fingerprints, smudges, smears, and dust disappear. While we’re on the topic, make sure you’re disinfecting your devices regularly, especially the ones you bring with you everywhere. Here’s how filthy your phone really is.
Taking out the trash is arguably one of the worst chores, perhaps because it has to be done so frequently. Plus, there’s the stink. That’s why you’ll love this self-sealing and self-changing trash can—it does everything except physically take the trash outside. To change the bag, just press the touch button for three seconds and it’ll work its magic. Once you remove the sealed bag, the lid will automatically close and insert a new trash bag. Just make sure you never throw these things into this garbage can—or any other.
Delta heard all those frustrated dish-washing grumbles around the globe and decided to do something about it. Launched in Fall 2019, the Glass Rinser uses a high-pressure water jet to quickly de-gunk your cups, bottles, and other annoying-to-clean drinkware. It can be installed on most sinks over a premade hole (like an unused soap dispenser or sink sprayer). To protect your more delicate glasses, you should be washing them by hand anyway, along with these things you should never put in the dishwasher.
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