Considering what a strict cleaner my mother is (if you put a glass down for five seconds, she'll have it washed up and back in the cupboard before you look around for it again), I'm a bit of an anomaly. I don't keep things as clean and tidy as I was taught to. Occasionally the dishes overflow in the sink, the dust bunnies roam free beneath the beds and the windows remain besmirched by fingerprints.
So you can just imagine my cries of joy when one of my Christmas presents this year was a robotic vacuum cleaner.
Have you seen these things? They're called Roombas, and they look like a cross between a smoke detector and R2D2. They whiz around randomly, turning whenever they reach an obstacle and sucking up everything in their path.
In theory you could keep them running indefinitely (with short recharging breaks) and your floors would never be dirty again!
And I have to say, I love the little bugger. I just switch him on, set him loose, then sit back like the lazy, lazy creature that I am and watch as he zooms about picking up dust, cat hair, and abandoned breakfast cereal. I've named him Roger and so far we're getting along famously.
But as wonderful as this little gadget is, do you know what would be even more of a hit? A Bathroomba! If they could come up with some little gizmo that ran around your bathroom removing soap scum, whitening grout and unclogging drains ... I think I'd pay just about any price for one of those. Seriously ... any price.
I know there are heaps of products out there that advertise a hassle free bathroom cleaning experience, but I've yet to come across one that actually provided what they advertised. Scrubbing free my ass!
Yep, a Bathroomba would definitely be a hit, and how far away could it really be if we already have a fully automatic, self regulated, infra-red guided vacuum cleaner at our disposal?
Does anyone out there feel like inventing it? I'd totally be willing to be your first customer!