Cleaning dust, floors, hair, window grime… Household haters are looking for ways to get rid of these menial drudgery.
Frances Gabe, an artist and inventor who has been hailed as an “earthly saint,” is a personal idol of mine. She had the foresight to design and build self-cleaning homes. Gabe died in 2016 at the age of 101. During her lifetime, she converted her home in Oregon, USA, into a “giant dishwasher” equipped with a sprinkler system, air dryer, drainage system, and self-cleaning sink, bathtub and toilet. “Housework is a thankless, endless job,” said Gabe. “Who would be bored to do that? No one!”
I totally agree with Gabe, and Lenin, He once condemned housework as “the most trivial, heaviest, hardest, and most dull” drudgery. However, my hostility to housework is mainly based on my laziness and my expectation that men will do housework, but for some people, housework may be a difficult or even impossible task to complete.
”We’ve so tied cleanliness and morality together for so long that it’s hard to see why people can’t keep their rooms tidy for reasons other than laziness.” According to Rachel Hoffman, author of the book, “If someone has a mental illness, disability, trauma, or chronic health problem, then for them, the usual cleaning advice may not apply at all.
” There are many people who do housework, and the number of people who do not want to do housework is even worse. However, can Gabe’s “zero housework world” really come true? If not, can we make endless work less strenuous? I decided to find out.
Dust is everywhere, after all it’s mostly made up of skin flakes. “No matter how much keratin we rinse off in the shower, the keratin on our clothes and bedding doesn’t just disappear with the bath water,” says building health columnist Kate Selinkourt, noting that some households have a dust problem. Worse, because it can contain toxic flame retardants in fabrics, herbicide residue on city sidewalks, microplastics and other harmful substances.
So, is there any way to reduce the dust in the home? Maybe there is. A heat recovery mechanical ventilation system may be helpful. Designed to be environmentally friendly, it primarily provides heating and ventilation for the home, providing fresh air while conserving indoor heat, and filtering incoming air to keep outside dust from entering. “Standard filters remove larger particles such as insects, fine hairs, flying seeds and other debris in the air,” says Cherie Chris, owner of Green Building Materials Store.
Of course, users can also choose more advanced filters. filter to help filter out smaller dust particles, including pollen. The heat recovery mechanical ventilation system also has a certain cleaning effect on indoor dust because it continuously extracts air. “For example, if you shake the towel in the bathroom, the dust is shaken out, but at the same time, the fibers on the towel are also thrown into the air with the shaking, and some of these fibers will enter the heat recovery mechanical ventilation system.” Chris said.
Generally speaking, it costs £1,500 to £3,000 to install a heat recovery mechanical ventilation system for an average household, which is a lot of money. But the effectiveness of such an expensive system for dust filtration is often not related to price, but to the airtightness of the house – gaps in doors and windows can greatly reduce its effectiveness. Sellincourt mentions a simpler and more affordable method, which is to enter the house and take off your shoes. She added: “Use a doormat, preferably one that you can hose down.”
| Robots |
In an era where Elon Musk can drive to Mars or something, why can’t I tap my phone Just make the room clean? This is definitely not a luxury. Don’t forget, sweeping robots have long been born. Since 2006, I have had a Lumba robot vacuum. He was an angry, bruised little war horse who had undergone multiple repair operations. Every time I flipped the switch, it roared and went on a rampage, devoured data cables, got dizzy from tassels on the carpet, and demanded that I clean its brushes. Still, it’s my favorite: it’s a dream come true for cleaning floors with almost no hands.
”There’s no question that people want cleaning robots,” said Colin Angle, CEO of Lumba Robotic Vacuum Manufacturing Company. “A lot of people asked me when I could clean their floors. It doesn’t take a genius to make a request.”
Still, the Rumba robot vacuum took 12 years to develop. It uses demining techniques to ensure clean coverage and tries to keep things relatively cheap by drawing on failures in robotic toy development.
While the UK still boycotts the Roomba robot vacuum, the Roomba is one of the rare household devices that has received the cultural artefact treatment. Because of it, a twitter account dedicated to robot vacuums came into being, the popular pet video and sitcom “Parks and Recreation” has also appeared in it, and the recent rumored “escape” of Lumba from the Cambridge hotel incident even more. It is to change the attitude of a country that does not believe in sweeping robots. I think maybe it’s because the British think it’s weird—the robot vacuum is “alive”? But whether it’s annoying or endearing, it’s impossible not to be indifferent to such a tiny roommate.
”The power of personification is very powerful.” Angel said, “In less than two weeks after it was launched, 90% of users have given their sweeping robots a name.” same name. In the early days, when Angle answered the hotline, users would often refuse to hand back their malfunctioning robot, instead asking the company to provide first aid to their “family.”
Rumba sent me a robot vacuum equipped with the latest app to try out. It definitely does a better job of cleaning than my Nunu, and it’s also smaller and cuter. Thanks to a new algorithm, it bumps into things much less often, and you can choose to use your phone for navigation or interact with other smart devices. When everyone is out, it’s ready to start cleaning. After each cleaning task, you have to give feedback, including options such as “it works independently without my help” and “it respects my home”.
Nunu II is what we call the fashionable “interloper”, which can show us obstacles (socks, shoes or bags) encountered in the work process by taking photos, and ask whether these obstacles exist for a long time and need to be permanently avoided. open, or only temporarily. Current technology is already so advanced that robots can recognize and avoid power lines, headphones, and even the scariest piece of shit. “We actually collected thousands of photos of shit and made physical and digital models of shit,” Angle said. “We’re pretty confident that your robot won’t hit shit.”
Has the docile Nunu II—quiet, courteous, responsive, and eager to learn—lost Ruumba’s original wild, poetic soul? Maybe. Can I get used to it? Of course, without a doubt.
In addition to vacuuming, robots can also mop floors. The Brava mopping robot from the same company as the Lumba walks around, gently mopping and mopping. My husband set it up as Nunu’s little sidekick, and it felt like a bunch of housekeeping staff at our beck and call—the closest we’ve ever been to being billionaires.
Our floors are much cleaner, but the Brava isn’t 100% perfect either. Unless you’re using a disposable mop pad, you’ll need to rinse the mop pad every time it finishes mopping. It also sends me plaintive messages reminding me to pump it up, but I’m not very serious about cleaning my floors, so I often ignore its pleas. If the robot could communicate, Brava would have complained to Nunu that it had been begging me to charge it every day for a month and I hadn’t done anything, and that it was sitting just inches from the charging point .
Household robots seem to be the future, but they come at a hefty price tag: the Nunu II costs £899, the Brava costs £699, and the entry-level Lumba starts at £269. Moreover, they are not omnipotent. For example, stairs are the difficulties they cannot overcome. When I brought this up to Angel, he said, “I’ve made a lot of robots that can climb stairs, the key is whether you want to pay for it or not.”
| Hair |
I was once asked about hair in the house, Because the ladies in their family have long hair, and they also have several dogs. Unfortunately, I ended up not being able to bring them good news. Still, if you’re concerned about hair clogging your drain, invest in a drain hair filter. Personally, I agree with cleaning expert Aggie MacKenzie. She said: “I really enjoy the process of unclogging the drain. Just imagine, grab a few hairs and pull out a hair ball. How about a big disgusting ball.” If all the cleaning work is like Unclogging the sewers makes me sick and excited, and I might be willing to do more.
We can’t ask everyone to cut their hair short, but stick vacuums should help us a lot. I also considered whether I should match the upholstery to the pet’s coat color, but Louise Wickstead, design director at Sims Hilditch Interiors, advises against it. “Wrap wrapping tape around your hands and dab on the couch to get the hair off, so easy and simple, and you can do it while sitting,” she says.
| Window Grime |
I hate cleaning windows, It feels like no matter how much you wipe, there will always be stains that can’t be wiped off. So can we use technology? Of course you can, especially the outer side of the glass window is easier to clean, because there is already self-cleaning glass, such as a coated glass produced by Pilkington. Leo Pilla, the company’s UK marketing manager, said the coating on the glass works in two ways. It has a photocatalytic effect, so it can absorb ultraviolet energy from sunlight to make the coating react, so as to achieve the effect of decomposing and loosening organic dirt.
In addition, this coating is also hydrophilic, which means that it can prevent the formation of water droplets when it rains, allowing water to be evenly distributed on the glass surface. It’s 20% more expensive than regular glass, though, and it can’t be used indoors at this stage. “We’ve been working on how to activate the coating with UV light,” Pila said.
| Hide Stains|
If cleaning is too much work, can a clever ‘disguise’ save the day? The answer is yes, but in this case, you should definitely stay away from minimalism and go for some suitable decorative patterns. That’s why the homeowners of English country houses with Labradors are so fond of chintz. Erin Gunter, interior designer at Gunter Group Ltd, says this doesn’t mean you have to make prints pop, just that you can achieve the visual effect of hiding stains with subtle changes in tone and texture.
She also recommends avoiding whitewashed walls, as even the highest-grade paint can be difficult to remove once stains have been applied. In heavily used areas like kitchens and hallways, she recommends easy-care, wipeable wood paneling or vinyl wallpaper.
Likewise, floors that are not as clean look more textured. Wood flooring is best because it has “grain and life”. Rather than using tiles that are as flat as paper, Gunter recommends choosing different shades, even if they are the same color. She said: “In this way, even if there is a little dust or a raisin on your floor, it will not be so conspicuous.”
In terms of color choice, it is not necessarily the darker the better, Wickstead said: “A A common misconception is that many people think the darker the floor, the better it hides dirt, and this is especially true when people use black stone floors to hide muddy pet paw prints.” Light, and the color of the soil after drying is lighter than people think. She recommends a lighter shade of limestone because it’s easier to hide animal tracks in the house.
Match the grout to the color of the tile, suggests Gunter. If your floor tiles are white in color, convince the bricklayer to use a hard-wearing epoxy grout. “That way, I don’t have to worry about six months from now when I’m going to be sitting on the floor with a toothbrush and scrubbing the tile gaps,” she says.
If all the above suggestions don’t work, try a dimmer! “Remember, though, that lighting is about creating a certain mood and making the interior feel more comfortable, not about creating a ‘sterile’ environment,” says Gunter, who warns against the hype for muted white bulbs. And those tempting warm color pictures, because they are probably edited by computer software.
| Clutter Clearing |
A self-cleaning home remains a distant dream at this stage, but there are ways to make chores less onerous. A clutter-free home is easier to clean and live in, according to Deborah Robertson, author of The Ultimate Guide to Housekeeping: Replacing Chaos with Order. “Removing clutter in your home means you never have to wash, patch, polish or dust that stuff,” she says.
Hoffman recommends a mindset shift—don’t think of cleaning as a A onerous task, but think of it as small episodes that can be used to shape your life. “Instead of doing it all at once, you can clean small sections of the room every one to five minutes,” she said, encouraging people to seek help from a professional or a friend or family member if necessary. “It’s a very interesting phenomenon that people are often not good at cleaning up their own mess, but they can handle other people’s mess well,” she explained.
So what works best with the least amount of effort? Robertson is obsessed with ventilation, saying: “The effect of ventilation is the most immediate. Just open the windows for ten minutes a day, and the indoor air will become more fresh.” Cleaning flat surfaces, such as tables or shelves, is also especially helpful because it Great visual contrast can be produced. Another easy way is to make your bed. The bed takes up a lot of space in the room and a flat bed can make other things look tidier even when they are not.
MacKenzie’s advice, though, stuck with me the most. “Don’t move around the house, every time you move, you’ll shed dead skin cells and hair. Just stay in one place,” she says. Truly one of the most pertinent and easy-to-follow cleaning tips.