Call it the Mrs Hinch or Marie Kondo-effect but we have found a new collective love of cleaning.
Satisfying pictures of organised cupboards with colour coordinated products all lined perfectly in a row have taken over our Instagram feeds with accounts like @thehomeedit boasting over a million followers.
But if you don’t have the time or the patience to complete the tiring chore of cleaning after a long day in the office, we may have found a solution.
There has been impressive innovation in the cleaning product sphere where you no longer need to spend an entire weekend scrubbing, dusting and vacuuming every inch of your home thanks to gadgets designed to do the work for you – elbow grease not required. Forget clunky traditional vacuums and think robots that navigate themselves around the floor picking up dirt and dust along the way.
We have scoured the Internet far and wide to find clever gadgets and gizmos that will leave your home looking spick and span.
Mops and Floorcare
Kärcher FC3 Cordless
According to research, commissioned by cleaning experts, Kärcher, more than 69 percent of Brits have ditched the mop in favour of modern technology. Because who really wants to push a soggy stick sponge around?
And what better place to put this modern mop to the test other than the grandest of homes, Highclere Castle, best known as Downton Abbey, where star Samantha Bond and Kärcher teamed up to bring old fashioned cleaning into the 21st century.
So how does it handle? Despite being fairly heavy when not in use, the FC3 is feather-light when it’s in action. There is no need to apply any pressure whatsoever, once it’s charged you just add cleaning solution and press start.
As the padded wheels spin and polish, the dirty water is sucked into an internal dirty water tank that can be emptied after use. And this is where the FC3 out performs ANY standard mop: it allows you to clean the entire floor with fresh, clean water every time you swipe it across the surface.
Suitable for tiles, stone, laminate and wooden floors—this is the clever cleaner you’ve been waiting for.
£229 | Argos | Buy it now
Also available from: Amazon
PowerGlide’s AirCraft features two rotating, machine-washable pads that will clean and buff hard floors to a mirror shine. No really.
You can spray cleaning solution directly from the refillable tank and clean for a full 40 minutes on one charge. We love that the pads are machine washable, which means less waste and no need to buy refills.
For an easy to use, low-effort cleaning tool this is a great option.
£199.99 | Lakeland | Buy it now
Small cleaning gadgets
Cartoon Mini Owl Table Dust Vacuum Cleaner
Not only will this adorable device look stylish on your desk, but it will also help keep your work space clean and tidy. The mini vacuum will suction dust and dirt – even those tiny hairs and the biscuit crumbs.
£14 | Amazon | Buy it now
Microwave Cleaner Angry Mom and Fridge Odor Absorber Cool Mom
These “Mom” gizmos most certainly bring us joy but they are also effective at cleaning your microwave and keeping your fridge free from bad odours.
Fill the fridge option with baking soda and place towards the back of the fridge to remove unwanted odours. For the microwave iteration, just fill with water and the hot steam will dissolve grease and leftover food in a fraction of the time it would take to scrub.
£9.99 | Amazon | Buy it now
TRIXES Keyboard Cleaner
If you have ever turned your keyboard upside down and tapped it a few times, you will notice the sheer amount of crumbs, hair and dirt that live within the keys. Enter this neon green putty that will trap the dirt. It is reusable, easy to clean and has a lime fresh scent.
£3.99 | Amazon | Buy it now
OXO Good Grips Electronics Cleaning Brush
From our watches, to our keyboard, dirt can get trapped in the smallest of spaces and can be very challenging to remove. That’s where this mini cleaning brush comes in handy with a dual ended pen that sweeps away grime from hard to reach areas.
£6 | Amazon | Buy it now
The battery might only last 20 minutes, but for most homes this lightweight vac is ideal for quick cleaning and light everyday use. Who really wants to hoover for more than 20 minutes anyway?
It also folds downs which makes it ideal for small spaces and easy storage. Anyone trying to avoid the extra bulk that comes with cleaning will really appreciate this device.
£199.99 | GTech | Buy it now
If you have allergies or own pets this cordless model is an ideal option, converting from a floor vacuum to a hand-held for the car, furniture or stairs.
We like that the neck has a bendy section that makes it particularly easy to get under cabinets and the sofa—it’s an absolute expert. This one lasts 30 minutes per full charge, so you get an extra 10 minutes compared to the GTech.
£261 | Amazon | Buy it now
Braava Jet m6
When set on dry mode the Braava Jet m6 uses electrostatic force to pick up dust and hair. Alternatively, set it to wet mode and a precision jet spray will erase stains and grease—and you don’t even need to be in the room.
It uses smart mapping to see where it’s going, and to help you decide where you’d like it to mop. It can also work with the Roomba s9+.
From £699 | iRobot | Buy it now
Imagine a device so sophisticated that it doesn’t require any assistance for weeks on end. This robot vacuum is in a cleaning league of its own and can actually empty itself into the included Clean Base.
It promises 40 times more suction than previous models and features 3D mapping for hyper-efficient cleaning.
From £1,499 | iRobot | Buy it now
Eufy RoboVac 15C Max
The latest upgrade from the RobotVac line gives you a generous 100 minutes of absentee cleaning, a bigger bin and a stronger suction all while remaining slimmer and quieter than other models.
It also works with Alexa and Google Home and has a remote for when you don’t feel like talking.
£269.99 | Amazon | Buy it now
Kärcher K4 Full Control Home Pressure Washer
After you invest in this upgraded power washer, you will wonder how you lived without it. Whether you are looking to revamp your patio after a long winter or your wellies are in need of a little TLC after a particularly muddy trip, the Kärcher K4 has got you covered.
£279 | Kärcher | Buy it now
If it has got to the point where you can barely see out of your windows, this Bosch vacuum will be a very necessary purchase. Not only will it make them look as good as new but there is something very satisfying about the process.
Works equally well on large mirrors and glass topped coffee tables.
£56.96 | Amazon |
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