I know especially here in Seattle it doesn’t feel like it but as of last week, spring has arrived! With spring, inevitably comes the annual chore of a tradition – spring cleaning. While inside you may be groaning, I am here to tell you that in this day and age, it no longer has to be a chore. These next products are the best in spring cleaning tech innovation (click on any of the photos to be taken directly to their website!).
SteamMachine Model 53 ($150) – We usually tend to neglect our appliances and fixtures but now it’s never been easier to give them a little extra love. Stovetops, ovens, and counters that have absorbed a year’s worth of grime and body oil should get a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear. The SteamMachine doesn’t use chemicals, just water, to kill germs and bacteria. Inexpensive attachments are also available to clean fabrics and even your wallpaper safely!
(Photo via HomeRight)
PhoneSoap ($50) – You hold your phone to your face everyday, don’t you want it to be as clean as possible? PhoneSoap is a UV sanitizer that will kill 99.99% of germs while it charges your phone. The UV-C lamps in the device produce a specific wavelength of light which passes through the cell walls of bacteria and viruses to impair their DNA. At this point, the harmful cells die and can no longer cause infections or diseases. Sanitation only takes ten minutes but you can leave your phone in it overnight while it charges!
(Photo via PhoneSoap)
iKlear Eco-Friendly Cleaning Kit ($20) – If toting around a UV charging station isn’t your cup of tea, there are better on-the-go phone cleaning kits more practical for commuters. iKlear’s solutions and cloths are designed with high tech screens in mind – from phones, tablets, to laptops – and is rated the best in the market for removing smudges. These solutions are 100% non toxic and are safe to use around pets and children. And for $20 per pack, it’s not a bad idea to keep one in your desk and one in your bag.
(Photo via Klear Screen)
Verilux CleanWave Sanitizing Wand ($50) – Did you know that your phone may be the least of your worries though? Studies show that the kitchen, especially your cutting boards, are the epicenter of household filth. UV light can help with this! The Verilux sanitizing wand combines portability with UV light technology to reduce bacteria, molds, allergens, and viruses. You can use it on your cell phone but it has wider uses such as on your counters, steering wheels, ATMS, and shopping carts. All you have to do is turn on the wand and slowly move it over the area you’d like to sanitize.
(Photo via Verilux)
Awair ($199) – Did you know that indoor air can be up to 5 times polluted than outdoor air? And has a HUGE impact on allergies and sleep? Awair tracks chemicals in your home and gives you recommendations on how to improve your air quality by tracking temperature, humidity, CO2, dust, and other chemicals over time leading to less sickness and having more energy overall. It also connects to an app for easy data tracking and other smart products to help improve your air quality over time.
(Photo via AWAIR)
Mocoro Robotic Fur Ball Vacuum ($55) – Although it looks like some bizarre cross between a Tribble and a Roomba, it’s not only great entertainment for your pets but it rolls about your home collecting dust and other debris that collects under furniture. Once the Mocoro’s work is complete, you can just slip off its mop-like cover and throw it in the wash! Think of how great this would be to any pet owners out there with wood or vinyl flooring!
(photo via Japan Trend Shop)
EcoVacs Winbot ($160) – The Winbot is a home-cleaning robot that is designed to help you make your windows sparkly clean. The robot weighs about four pounds and uses powerful suctions to hold itself up on the glass. If you plug its power cords into the outlet and place the machine at the center of the window, Winbot uses its tiny sensors to calculate the middle of the window frame to the edge. It is designed to be quiet so it won’t interrupt your important meetings and will get to difficult to reach spots. It even works on glass shower doors!
(Photo via ECOVACS ROBOTICS)
WD-40 ($5) – Maybe not the newest product but I think everybody’s dad had a can of WD-40. Normally used as a lubricant for rusted metal, WD-40 is also an excellent stain remover for almost everything except silk. It removes crayon marks from carpets and wallpaper, loosens tape and stickers for easier removal, removes gum, and lessens oil-based stains, such as peanut butter, gravy, etc. WD-40’s website shows over 2,000 uses! Your dad was right! Photo credit to WD-40.
(Photo via WD-40)
There’s not quite a robot to do every task yet but we’re getting close! And remember, if you just don’t have the time or energy (but you do have the money), you can always hire someone else to do the work for you with apps like TaskRabbit
Happy spring, everyone!