As technology advances, so does your cleaning routine. Whether you need an app to keep cleaning your household on track or a robot to do it for you, we're researching the cleaning gadgets that make life easier.
Robotic vacuum cleaner
These devices have been around for a while (cats in costume like sitting on them, according to YouTube), but technology has really improved the game over the past few years to make robotic vacuum cleaners one of the most popular household chores hacks.
Built-in cameras, smart sensor technology, remote controls … we're probably talking about the best household cleaning appliances. They even plan the space they are cleaning. The more expensive ones also have different modes so that you can clean a specific area on-site or set it for hard floors instead of carpets, for example.
Most of the top-of-the-line models work with Google Home or Alexa: just tell your assistant where to clean the device and you're good to go with no further steps. But watch out for the price – they can cost up to £ 900.
If these seem out of your budget, you can buy robotic microfiber cleaning balls online. This is not a "smart" device (it is not connected to any other device), but you can just turn it on and let it run around on your floor to pick up dust. Just don't expect your dog to sit still while he does the dusting for you.
Robot lawn mower
Mowing the lawn feels like a chore, especially if your grass is growing fast in rainy UK summers. Fortunately, now you can have a robot do this for you while you sit back and relax.
Like robotic vacuums, these are pretty smart animals. They are available for lawns of all shapes and sizes, very quiet and you can use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity, a mobile app and planning functions.
If you have a small hilly garden, choose one with a lot of power and good wheels to handle difficult terrain. If you have a large, flat room with the best battery performance, this might be your best bet.
Whether you need to remove dust or pet dander, keeping your home clean is the air too. In addition to air purification, air purifiers are often bundled with sensors that give you information about your home such as humidity and temperature. With the top models, you can of course connect to your smart device or virtual assistant. If you want to know how the air is right now, just ask Alexa and she will know the answer.
Smart cat litter
If you're unlucky enough to have a litter box, you know how uncomfortable cleaning up can be. Picking up your cat's doo-doos is only half the problem: if you don't stay tuned, that lovely smell of ammonia can be overwhelming.
Here, a little cash could really improve the smell of your home. Smart cat litter trays look a little terrifying (some resemble a Star Trek spaceship, while others – bizarrely – look more like a washing machine), but don't let that distract you from their functionality.
Once your cat has done its business, an automatic rake will detect any clumps and place them in a trash bag for occasional removal. It also dumps fresh trash (handy if you have more than one moggie) and the accompanying app can also track your cat's weight and tray usage.
There is an app for that …
If you don't have deep enough pockets for the best smart home devices (which also come with apps), there is likely an app for you that will still help and cost very little, if anything.
Useful home cleaning apps help you manage your cleaning routines based on your cleaning style (and you can even get the kids involved by syncing with the app on their smartphone).
Laundry apps can even make washing easier. Some will tell you how to care for certain items by asking you to scan the symbols on your laundry care labels (but we've also explained what laundry care symbols mean).
Professional cleaning staff can also be found via an app for the busy weeks. They are often also rated by other users.
Would you like to minimize your cleaning schedule even further? Good news – here's how often you really need to clean your home.
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