This $350 robot vacuum maps your home and avoids obstacles — and gives you back hours of your life you’d otherwise spend cleaning

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. ECOVACS Ecovacs is back at it with its latest robotic vacuum, the $ 350 Deebot 711. This may just be my favorite robot vacuum yet, with its Smart Navi Mapping […]

New sponge for cleaning harbor oil leaks has a successful real world test

Enlarge / “Seth Darling, Jeff Elam, Ed Barry conduct research experiments with the Oleo Sponge in Santa Barbara, California.” (credit: Argonne National Laboratory) In March 2017, Ars wrote about a new material that could soak up oil like a sponge. The so-called Oleo Sponge could be wrung out, the oil could be collected, and the […]

Have you been cleaning all WRONG? This is how you should be doing the chores

Dusting, vacuuming and tidying the house room by room in the time honoured tradition simply wastes too much time that could be spent on more fun activities. It would be far quicker to do it chore by chore instead, say the domestic gurus of the Good Housekeeping Institute in a new guide pinpointing a dozen […]

Samsung’s new robot vacuums banish Darth Vader to cleaning duty

If you’ve lamented the lack of Star Wars-themed home cleaning appliances, then Samsung has just the robot vacuums for you. Today they announced limited editions of their POWERbot VR7000 vacuum cleaner inspired by the iconic sci-fi franchise. There are two different designs: Darth Vader retails for $ 799, while his Stormtrooper counterpart retails for $ […]

Cleaning your dirty kitchen sponge may actually make things worse — here’s why

asadykov/Shutterstock The INSIDER Summary: Kitchen sponges are really gross and microwaving them won’t make things better. A new study found that sponges that have been sanitized regularly are actually at more risk for bacteria growth. The solution? Just buy new sponges every couple of weeks. Kitchen sponges are pretty gross, since they do the hard work […]