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  • What tech is bubbling under the surface of the cleaning industry?
  • What tech is bubbling under the surface of the cleaning industry?
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How is cleaning going high-tech?

A third of consumers clean every day, and as their distrust of harsh chemical detergents grows, designers and scientists are responding with high-tech solutions. How will cutting-edge innovation do away with dirt in the future, and in ways that are considerate to the environment?

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As the old proverb goes, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Until recently, we might have added cleaning to that list; a 2016 Nielsen study found that 31% of people worldwide clean every day, and the same proportion do laundry daily. [1] But a new wave of scientific innovations may alter the ways we clean, and some even may even eliminate the need to clean at all.

Over the past hundred years, the typical household’s product stockpile has expanded from age-old ingredients like vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, and simple soap ...



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