Like working out, cleaning often feels more rewarding after than during the act itself. In fact, studies have even shown a link between clutter and elevated stress levels.
So if you can’t motivate yourself to start, or if you’re overwhelmed from cleaning advice like this three-wave system or this decluttering how-to with a cult following, you’re not alone.
Thankfully, hands-free options exist, and they’ll let you reap all the benefits of cleaning without lifting a finger. From a $10 air purifier to high-tech robotic vacuums, there’s something for everyone on this list of home cleaning gadgets.
This bright ball of fur rolls around collecting dust and dirt, thanks to a feat of Japanese engineering.
The Mocoro Robot Cleaning Ball will roll freely around your apartment or home, trapping dust and dirt in its microfiber fur as it goes. Powered by three AA batteries, the ball changes direction whenever it hits something in its path, so it won’t get stuck under a couch or cabinet. It also has an internal timer that stops it from moving after 15 minutes; to keep the robot going, simply give it a gentle nudge or kick.
Judging from online reviews, this cleaning ball will also double as a fun toy for your cat or dog. Luckily, its fur coat — the ball’s, not your pet’s — can be easily removed and is machine washable.
This robotic mop scrubs your floors while looking like the top half of a delicious macaron.
Another adorable Japanese invention, the Mopet Robot Mop comes in brown or pink and is only 8 inches wide — perfect for squeezing in and out of those hard-to-reach spots around your home.
Despite its small size, this mop will run for six hours in convenient, ten-minute bursts. Like the Mocoro Cleaning Ball, this robot’s microfiber fur coat rids your floors of dust and dirt and can be easily removed and machine washed.
You can also use the included stickers to customize your Mopet, or add an essential oil to the robot’s aroma tray to diffuse soothing scents throughout your home.
Mopet Robot Mop, $37.19
This automatic self-cleaning litter box literally does the dirty work for you.
Compared to dogs, cats are a great, low-maintenance option if you’re looking for a fluffy companion. Regardless, no one enjoys cleaning out litter boxes, much less having their house (or, in NYC, tiny apartment) reek of cat pee.
While this self-cleaning litter box doesn’t come cheap, its patented sifting process — which separates waste from clean litter — may be worth the splurge. All you have to do is empty the carbon-filtered (read: odor neutralizing) drawer and refill the litter about every seven to 10 days.
However, don’t just take my word for it: If you’re not convinced by its many reviews, the Litter-Robot also comes with a 90-day Money Back Guarantee, so you can see for yourself if it’s a worthwhile investment.
An affordable alternative to more high-end models, this robotic vacuum cleans your house in three different ways.
With over 1,500 reviews and an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon, the ILIFE A4 Robot Vacuum Cleaner is designed to deep clean thin carpets, hardwood floors, and tile. Its three-step cleaning system consists of a powerful vacuum suction to pick up dirt, rotating blade brushes to clean carpet, and side brushes to dust hard-to-reach spots.
The A4 also has smart, infrared, and cliff sensors that allow it to dock and recharge automatically, navigate tight spaces, and avoid falling off ledges or stairs. On a full charge, the robot will run uninterrupted for two hours, leaving you free to kick back and relax.
This high-performing robotic vacuum cleaner is designed to pick up pet fur and rid your home of allergens.
Like the ILIFE A4, the Eufy RoboVac 11 will deep clean your home at a price that won’t break the bank (at least compared to other models on the market). Unlike the ILIFE A4 however, the RoboVac has a HEPA-style filter that traps mold spores, dust mites, pet dander, and other microscopic allergens — making it the perfect option if you have pets or reoccurring allergies.
Just schedule one cleaning session per day, and this vacuum will use a combination of a rolling brush, side brushes, and powerful suction to clean your home for up to 1.5 continuous hours. Its low-profile design lets it clean where you can’t, its infrared sensors prevent it from colliding into furniture, and its self-charging feature lets you off the hook.
In fact, the RoboVac makes cleaning so easy and effortless, we’ve written about it once before.
No list of hands-free home cleaning gadgets would be complete without a Roomba, and this model is a best-seller.
The Roomba has come a long way since its days as a DJ in Parks and Recreation. The number one best-seller of robotic vacuums in the US, iRobot has sold over 15 million robots worldwide since it launched its first model in 2002.
It’s easy to see why: The company’s top-selling model on Amazon, the Roomba 650 can automatically adjust to clean any floor type. With AeroVac™ Technology, its powerful vacuum will suck up everything from hair, to pet fur, to carpet fuzz, and more.
The Roomba 650 can also seamlessly weave around and under clutter and furniture, avoid falling off ledges, and automatically recharge between cleanings. Just preset the vacuum to clean your home up to seven times per week, and let the robot take care of the rest.
Specifically designed to pick up all types of hair, this high-end robotic vacuum has a special brush that quietly cleans your home.
There’s no doubt about it, Neato’s Botvac D85 robotic vacuum is an expensive investment.
What sets it apart from cheaper alternatives however, is its unmatched speed and efficiency. Using patented laser-guided technology, the Botvac D85 can scan any room and follow an optimized course — cleaning your home four times faster than most round models, even in the dark. Its precise edge cleaning side brushes and D-shape edges will also let it reach and clean the spots you can’t.
You can program the Botvac to clean your home daily or just push a button to have it clean one spot or multiple rooms on demand.
Simple yet stylish, this small pouch offers a natural way to neutralize odors and absorb allergens from the air.
When I first found this small bag online last summer, I was more than just a little skeptical. But like the thousands of other pleasantly surprised customers on Amazon, I put a bag in my musty closet and woke up to find it significantly less smelly.
By no means can this pouch compare to an electronic air purifier, but it’s a fragrance-free, chemical-free, non-toxic, and extremely cheap alternative that actually works. The pouch’s bamboo charcoal composition allows it to absorb and remove unpleasant odors, allergens, and other harmful pollutants from the air. The key is to use it in small spaces like cars, closets, and bathrooms.
The best part is you can leave the bags out in the sun once a month to reactivate and reuse them for up to two years.
Ideal for medium to large rooms, this 3-in-1 air purifier will remove odors, trap allergens, and kill airborne germs.
If you’re looking for a more high-tech air purifier that’s still reasonably priced, this Amazon best seller is probably your best bet. The Germ Guardian AC5000 features a True HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of dust and tiny allergens, recommended by doctors to reduce indoor exposure to allergy triggers.
The Germ Guardian also has a UV-C light that kills airborne bacteria, viruses, germs, and mold spores with titanium dioxide, as well as a charcoal filter that neutralizes odors.