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9 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. The Queen 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 mere mortals, 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.

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Wellbots Hobot 298 Window Cleaning Robot

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. Since cleaning the glass isn’t your only challenge when it comes to windows, here are 8 clever solutions for the most annoying window cleaning problems.

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iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum

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 dust pan. One important note: Make sure you know the 6 places you should (and shouldn’t) store your Roomba.

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iRobot Braava Jet 240 Superior Robot Mop

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 16 genius cleaning hacks you’ll want to steal from professional house cleaners.

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Ellumi Bacteria-Killing Recessed Shower Light

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.

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Dupray ONE Steam Cleaner with Complete Accessory Kits

Aside from scrubbing toilets, cleaning grout is probably the most dreadful 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, but it doesn’t work on everything. Make sure to avoid these 13 toxic cleaning products—and know what to buy instead.

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Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot with Brass Brushes

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 25 kitchen gadgets you’ll wish you had years ago.

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Delta Glass Rinser

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-pressured 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 10 things you should never put in the dishwasher.

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Litter Robot 3

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 14 best vacuums for dog and cat hair.

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Fluidmaster 8300 Flush ‘n Sparkle Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaning System

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. Here are some more cleaning products that professional house cleaners use in their own homes.

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Wendy Rose Gould
Wendy Rose Gould is a freelance lifestyle reporter based in Phoenix, Arizona. You can find her work at NBC, Allure, Brides, Total Beauty, BravoTV, PopSugar, Spotlyte, and others.

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