Cleaning tasks in the home can seem never ending, leaving very little time for us to do the things we actually want to do (which is particularly frustrating when you have to repeat them all over again the following week). In fact, household chores really do take not just hours, but days of our lives each year - if you do four washes a week, a massive 18 days of each annum are spent doing the laundry. Which is why we we’re so excited to hear about Samsung's washing revolution allowing us to halve our washing time and reclaim 9 days of our lives each year. And on our mission to reduce the time we spend cleaning, we've picked up some other handy timesaving cleaning hacks we'd like to share.
So how can you minimise your cleaning time?
Our #1 tip would be to invest in the Samsung QuickDrive™, a new washing machine that can wash your clothes as thoroughly as would a longer wash, but in half of the time!* Not only does their ecobubble™ technology mean you save energy, the innovative people at Samsung have calculated that with the QuickDrive™ you will be saving five hours a week on an average of four loads of washing a week, which equals to a whopping nine days saved in a year. And if that's not enough, the QuickDrive™ also has an AddWash™ feature which allows you to open the door during a wash to add that pesky dropped in T-Shirt while it is running**.
We asked Lynsey Crombie of Channel 4's Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners for her top tips in minimising your time keeping your house in tip top shape!
How to dry your clothes quicker
According to the Queen of clean, the next thing to do after a quick wash is a quick tumble dry. Sticking a tennis ball in the tumble dryer with your clothes can help them dry quicker (though proceed with caution and don't let the ball get too hot).
How to tidy toys in a rush
Forever cleaning up after your children? If you struggle to keep a tidy house with little ones running around, you can halve the time it takes to put their abandoned toys away by using a dustpan and brush to scoop everything up in one go, which sounds much better than picking up that pesky LEGO a handful at a time! And if your kids' plastic toys need a clean, Lynsey would also recommend popping them in the dishwasher rather than washing them by hand.
How to remove broken glass in a flash
Accidentally broken a glass? Use a slice of bread to pick up all those tiny pieces rather than spend an age trying to get up every splinter of glass by using a brush or using a vacuum cleaner.
How to minimise mopping up
Speaking of vacuum cleaners, be sure to always have a quick vacuum around before mopping up the floors – this means that you won't have to wait around for the floors to dry before clearing up all the leftover debris, and gives you much less to actually mop up in the first place, win win!
How to clean your oven in a flash
An easy cleaning oven is another investment that you'll wonder how you ever lived without. Samsung's Smart Oven features pyrolytic cleaning which will save you from spending hours scrubbing off grease and grime, not to mention money spent on cleaning products. Once switched on the insides of your oven will be heated to 500⁰, reducing any grease, spillages or burnt on food to ash which can simply be wiped away with a cloth. It really couldn't be easier! And that's not all; the oven features built-in WiFi and can be operated directly from your home, so you can stop or start it whenever and wherever you are.
Lynsey's top time-saving tip!
It is also recommended that you use multipurpose cleaners, so you can do the bathrooms and kitchen without having to swap around products, and it is a surprising timesaver to keep them all in a cleaning caddy with some cloths. The last one might seem like common sense – but it saves so much more time than you'd think, simply by avoiding trouping back and forth to your cupboard of cleaning products.
So, give it a try! Take on our tips, try out Samsung's ingenious invention, and get all of that annoying cleaning out of the way quickly to spend time on the things that actually matter – or just spending some much-deserved time for yourself!
*Samsung QuickDrive™ WW8800M vs Samsung WW8500K (5kg 40°C Cotton wash)
**AddWash™ door can be opened at any time when the drum temperature is below 50°C.