Most of us dread doing housework because it’s so boring and time consuming. There are so many other things you could be doing rather than household drudgery – things like watching a movie, heading to the shops, having a coffee with friends, or just kicking back with a glass of wine and a good book.
But thanks to the many high-tech (and not so high-tech) gadgets that are available these days - the good news is, you can literally cut your housework time in half. Here are some of our top picks.
1. Robotic vacuum
Regular vacuum cleaning is a must in order to stop dust, allergens, and other dirt from accumulating. But that doesn’t mean you need to do the hard work yourself. There are many robotic vacuums on the market today and most of them feature intelligent, straight-line navigation that uses floor sensors to clean in logical rows, avoiding any fixtures and furniture along the way. They might be small, but these days robotic vacuum cleaners include powerful suction and multi-surface brushes that flex to adjust to different floor types. Some models even come with an automatic dirt disposal system, so the unit empties itself (all you need to do is empty the cannister when it’s full). How easy is that!
2. Robotic mop
Of course, after the vacuuming comes hard floor mopping. But the good news is, now you can automate your mopping too with a robotic mop. You can run your mop as often as you want – meaning you’ll have sparkling clean floors all day, every day without having to bust a gut. Just like a robotic vacuum, the robotic mop navigates itself around objects and furniture, and it can clean hard surfaces like floorboards, vinyl and tiles. Most units will let you choose to wet mop, damp mop or dry sweep.
3. Robot window cleaner
Cleaning windows – it’s a chore that’s tedious and time-consuming at best, and downright dangerous if you have high windows. Well, here’s a great gadget to keep your windows spotless with next to no effort at all. This is pretty much a plug and play cleaner – all you do is place the robot on the glass and turn it on. The vacuum motor holds it to the window and smart sensors detect the best cleaning path. Obviously, you do need to move the robot from window to window, but the unit will beep once the window is clean, and then it’s just a simple matter of pressing the off button, moving to a different window and starting over. Easy!
4. Robot mower
The outdoors might be Dad’s domain but that doesn’t mean we can’t cut his chore time down too! Robot lawnmowers require the installation of boundary wires and charging stations that define the area to be mowed and also any areas (such as gardens) to be avoided. Once the wires and charging stations are set up and connected to power, they emit radio waves so the robot knows the boundary and charging station location. And you can set the robot to mow manually or use a pre-set schedule.
5. Portable spot cleaner
Carpets, rugs and upholstery are expensive and there’s nothing worse than stains caused by spilled wine, kid’s crayons, muddy feet or pet accidents. Getting those stains out can be really time consuming but thankfully these days you can get your hands on a portable spot cleaner that will do the heavy lifting for you.
6. Ceiling fan duster
The top of your ceiling fans might be mostly out of sight but from certain angles you can see the build-up of grime along the edges, and you just know the top of the blades will be pretty dusty. Cleaning ceiling fans can be a real pain, but not when you use a specially designed ceiling fan duster. There are many options available, but choose a microfibre version with telescopic pole, and one that can bend so you can clean the top and sides in one swipe.
7. Air fryer
If you want to spend less time in the kitchen, then an air fryer could be exactly what you need. It’s not only a faster way to cook, it’s also a healthier way to cook because it uses hot air circulation to cook and crisp your food. There are many options available, but our advice is to go bigger rather than smaller. Once you start using your air fryer, it will become a kitchen essential, and if you have a family to feed, you’ll need the extra space. And an added benefit from having an air fryer is that you can also use it to dehydrate food by setting the temperature to the lowest setting.
8. Power scrubber
If you don’t have a power scrubber or two in your cleaning repertoire you are missing out on a powerful little timesaver. Battery or electric operated power scrubbers are great for cleaning hard-to-reach places and the oscillating head takes the hard work out of it. You can find power scrubbers for general purpose cleaning as well as for specialised purposes such as grout cleaning and oven cleaning.
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