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Get Off Your Hands and Knees and Let Someone, or Something, Clean for You

When on a mission to clean a home, most people automatically turn to disinfectant wipes to rid their counters and appliances of germs. Unfortunately, they may not be as reliable as many would hope. According to Good Housekeeping, researchers in the United Kingdom recently tested how effective a single disinfecting wipe was in killing three […]

Get Off Your Hands and Knees and Let Someone, or Something, Clean for You

cleaningWhen on a mission to clean a home, most people automatically turn to disinfectant wipes to rid their counters and appliances of germs. Unfortunately, they may not be as reliable as many would hope.

According to Good Housekeeping, researchers in the United Kingdom recently tested how effective a single disinfecting wipe was in killing three different types of bacteria across three sequential stainless steel surfaces.

The results were more than disappointing. They found that one wipe was only able to kill the germs on a single square meter area.

When used on a larger area, or changing between different surfaces, such as a microwave to counter tops, the wipes were actually more likely to further spread the bacteria.

Because some germs can live on dry surfaces for several hours and on moist surfaces, such as kitchen sinks, for up to three days, spreading the germs around with one wipe could leave a kitchen covered in bacteria for extended periods of time.

In order to be effective, one would have to use at least two or three wipes to do the job. Michaelle Exhume, a product analyst in the cleaning lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, encourages the use of these extra wipes.

“​It’s not good practice to use one wipe across multiple surfaces, because this will likely cause cross-contamination,” said Exhume.

However, if scrubbing surfaces on your hands and knees isn’t exactly your forte, NDTV reports that the Indian domestic robot manufacturer Milagrow Humantech, recently launched their new Aguabot 4.0. This machine is installed with an advanced full wet mopping system and a small water reservoir to do the job for you.

Milagrow Humantech boasts of the machines so-called “sixth sense,” as well as its powerful suction, automated suction power control, UV radiation cleaning, automatic obstacle and fall detection, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and all-surface cleaning ability.

“In Aguabot 4.0, we have provided the Indian urban workforce with a technology-powered comprehensive cleanliness solution that will address their domestic cleaning requirement and gift them unparalleled convenience of robotic dry and wet cleaning in a single device,” explained Milagrow founder and chief executive Rajeev Karwal.

The remote-controlled Aguabot 4.0 comes with a battery backup of up to 120 minutes, allowing it to cover 3,000 square feet from a single charge.

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