Review: Gtech SW20 Cordless Electronic Sweeper – a green, clean sweep

Gtech SW20 Premium Cordless Electronic Sweeper

They say ‘many hands make light work’ and this certainly rings true when it comes to housework. Like many of you, I am a busy mum with a young family and despite my valiant efforts each week to get my kids pitching in with the chores, it’s not always that easy. But I’ve a feeling this may now improve.

A short while ago, the fabulous people at Gtech got in touch to ask if I would like to review their latest sweeper, the Gtech SW20 Cordless Electronic Sweeper. Cheaper to run than a vacuum cleaner, this innovative, energy efficient power sweeper makes light work of vacuuming, literally, and what’s more my kids a super-keen to use it.

Unlike the sweeper your Granny may have had (mine did!), the Gtech SW20 Power Sweeper is a stylish, lightweight, bagless, cordless and rechargeable sweeper that can give you up to 60 minutes of cleaning action. Plus, with it’s eco fast-charging station, which allows the sweeper to be fully charged from empty in five hours, the SW20 costs less than 1p per week to use compared to 30p per hour of a standard 1200W vacuum cleaner. A saving of £18.72 per year*.

So what else do I love about the Gtech SW20, other than it being more energy efficient than a regular vacuum cleaner.

Gtech SW20 Cordless Electronic Sweeper

It’s convenient. One of the great benefits of the SW20 is that is a handy and effortlessly easy way to vacuum up those daily crumbs that seem to form a trial after certain members of my family (they know who they are!). Whereas before I’d reach for the dustpan and brush to sweep up small areas of dirt, the SW20 is quicker and a lot easier on my knees (yes, I’m getting to that age). In these circumstances it is also a lot more convenient to use than my regular vacuum, which is heavier, noisier and a lot more cumbersome.

It is hygienic. The Gtech SW20 combines Germguard™, an antibacterial additive which is built into the handle and bin, trapping and killing over 99.9 percent of bacteria including MRSA, Salmonella, Listeria and E-Coli. It is also more hygienic than a regular dustpan and brush, as all of the ‘swept up’ contents are collected and stored in an integral 0.5 litre bin.

It’s lightweight – weighing 1.6kgs the SW20 is light enough to easily and safely maneouvre around the home. With no trailing wires to trip over and a telescopic handle, it can very easily be carried upstairs to a certain boy’s bedroom that daily needs a once over!

It’s children-friendly – because it is easy to use, ‘fun-size’ and lightweight, it is proving to be a real hit with my little chaps. In fact only last night, when I walked back into my house from a meeting, my 9yo was busy vacuuming our the lounge with a big smile on his face. Obviously, the fact that he gets a little pocket money for this chore helps, but to see him and his brother so enthusiastic to assist their mum and dad with the housework is a joy. Long may it last…

But as I say with many of my reviews, don’t just take my word for it, try it yourself.

For further information on Gtech’s full range of cordless powered sweepers, you can visit www.gtech.co.uk

Alternatively, why not enter our competition. The lovely people at Gtech have kindly offered all of our readers the chance to win one of their Gtech SW20 Power Sweeper worth £69.95.

For your chance of winning this terrific prize, all you need to do is simply complete the Rafflecopter box below when it goes live on 1st April.

Good luck and happy sweeping!

 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company and or it’s affiliates in any way. This post also contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links I’ll receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link.

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261 Comments
Gemma Turner

I would love to make washing the clothes greener! Whenever I turn my washing machine on, I worry about the electricity use & the impact on the environment! Also, the impact of the wastage pipe from from the machine- in the water system!

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admin

Yes, Gemma doing your laundry can have a significant impact on the environment and also your pocket. However, there are now lots more products available that can make doing your laundry greener, for example products like Ecover, here’s a review I did for them in my At Home magazine column http://www.athomemagazine.co.uk/green-a-eco/4902-the-queen-of-easy-green-save-energy-and-money-on-your-laundry

Plus you may also be interested to read about Samsung’s Ecobubble washing machine, which is designed to be energy efficient and eco-friendly http://www.lyndseyyoung.co.uk/ecobubble-ing-over-with-love/

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nikki hilton

cleaning my floors- this would be a great prize- i have to get down on my hands and knees atm and use my hands to clean my floors- it’s an ancient way to do it!!

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sharon griffin

cleaning the bathroom ( especially after my teenage son has been in there ;)

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Arabella Bazley

Easy sweeping with the GTech sounds fabulous but I would also like to mop floors more efficiently. My knees too are getting less and less co-operative and there are always those little sticky patches on the floors that if someone converted a robotic hoover to a robotic mopper that could just pop out at regular intervals life would be so much better, and a robotic cupboard cleaner…. infact I think a full-time maid would be quite nice though not so good for the waistline as I would have nothing to do!

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admin

I like your style Arabella, although would a full-time maid be less expensive and eco-friendly, I’m not so sure ;)

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Hazel

Ironing because it uses a lot of electricity. I’ve found by spinning at a much lower speed and hanging things on the line on hangers I can reduce the ironing.

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admin

Thanks Hazel they are great ideas, plus with flat items, pillowcases, duvet covers etc, if you bring them in and fold them before they are completely dry, that’ll reduce the ironing too :)

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Annabel Greaves

It has to be cleaning the floors, it can be a nightmare getting into all the hard to reach areas – so this sweeper would make my life a lot easier!!

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Maya Russell

I’d like oven cleaning to be make easier and definitely greener because all the sprays and chemicals can’t be good for the environment.

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Shelley Jessup

I hate having to clean the whole bathroom so would love that to be easier & greener

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Amy

Definitely oven cleaning although my husband has just started using bicab of soda on it. Cheap and does the job lovely :)

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admin

Great tip Amy, using the bicarb of soda I mean, not getting your husband to do it. Although that’s not a bad idea either ;)

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claire woods

I’d like to find an easier greener way of doing the washing but it would also have to be quick.

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SUSAN BANNISTER

I cant decide between the ironing or cleaning the oven, but I think I’ll go for the ironing as I seem to always have an ironing mountain, and there are only 2 of us!

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Jane

Ironing, I think all clothes should be made of material that doesn’t crease or need ironing.

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Jodie Smith

i would like to have a green tumble dryer!!! i can’t hang out my clothes to dry but wish my tumble dryer could be run greenly.

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caroline

got to be the bathroom(s) – and kids bedrooms, yes I know they should do them but sometimes it is easier to do it yourself!

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Kate O'Neill

Cleaning the fdog’s muddy paw prints off the floor and anywhere else he decides to jump on.

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Joanna

Washing up – just seem to use so much water…. wish there was a way to eliminate grease easily!!!

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Beverley

Cleaning the loo – I hate using chemicals – especially with a puppy – and despite trying white vinegar, bicarb, flat Coke (!) and so on, nothing works as well as chemicals and elbow grease. :(

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valerie mccarthy

Ironing. I seem to have loads of it to do. I try to pull the items tight on the line when drying outdoors but things still need ironing. I hate wasting the electricity and all the time spent on ironing.

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Gavin

Personally I hate washing up and all those grease eating chemicals can’t be good to pour down the plug hole.

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Hilda Hazel Wright

Cleaning out the shower and drain! I just pull out all the hair regularly and when it gets blocked I use a plunger. I avoid chemicals but that would be good.

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LIZ ALEXANDER

using the tumble dryer – a green way of drying clothes on a wet day would be great

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Paula

Cooking, I’m sick and tired of deciding what to make for me and the kids and then making it.

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Trish

Cleaning the oven – I have never been able to clean it properly without using strong foams, sprays, etc

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Susanne Temlett

ironing, seems like such a waste of time and energy but unless you want to look crumpled it’s got to be done

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Kim

It has to be cleaning the oven although it probably wouldn’t be so bad if I did it more often!lol

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FionaLynne Edwards

Something green and eco-friendly to clean the toilets – one that really works!

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anthony harrington

ironing, I am totally useless at it, all the clothes look worse after I have ironed them. I actually couldn’t see a problem with ironing a shirt with the hanger still in it, until I smelt burning plastic!

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Rainie Bish

cleaning the oven. Because of an illness Im unable to do it so my hubby has to do it. I know that sounds great but hes much more into growing stuff in our veggie plot so it doesnt get done as much as I would like. If I could find something that would do the job well and not make me ill I would love to be able to do it myself.

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Rosemary Easton

My Dy–n is such a heavy awkward cumbersome beast of a vacuum cleaner – a nice efficient lightweight job would be bliss.
Oh …. & so would a washing machine that doesn’t eat so much leccy!

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jimmy tarry

cleaning the curtains…….. not a frequent job but my god its a big one. Get the ladders out, take the curtain rails down, take off curtains, wash em, dry em, iron em, put back on rail, balance frighteningly on the ladders to re hang the rail evenly then onto next window.
Only one set fit in a washer and none can go in a dryer so its either boil alive with the heating on so they dry before you need them or watch for the rain like a hawk while there on the line.
To top it off the spare room curtains have tiny individual curtain hooks……leave em on the washer eats em all….take em off and you will go mad putting them back on again.

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Rachel

I feel guilty whenever I use electricity for anything, especially anything that makes a loud noise like the vacuum! I can feel the meter ticking over!

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claire grigg

has to be hoovering…lugging the heavy hoover from room to room is a chore in itself…I do sometimes use a handbrush and pan but its back breaking…saves a little electricity though!

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Lisa Wilkinson

Cleaning the oven. I always wonder what’s in the products used to clean them.

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Jake

Drying clothes in the winter. The tumble dryer seems to be constantly on in our house, everybody is to impatient!

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Clare

It has to be cleaning the oven. It won’t come clean without nasty smelly chemicals and it’s a horrid job. One that i always end up doing. :(

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admin

Thank you for all of your comments, so far the top chores you’d like making easier and greener are:

cleaning the oven
ironing
and cleaning the bathroom.

Now to solve these … leave it with me, i’ll be back!

In the meantime, keep those entries and comments coming! :))

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nikki lane

the Hoovering!!!!
I have a 3 year old boy and a 6 year old boy and i don’t know how they make such a crumbly mess in such a short time. I can hoover in the morning, needs doing after lunch, (though doesn’t always get done ;) ), then again after dinner/bedtime. Just feels like i’m wasting so much electricity, even if hoover is on a short time, but a dustpan and brush are not much use on carpets (bits seem to just fly up in the air and make more mess!)
Perhaps the answer is just cleaner/greener boys?????????!!!!!! xx

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Rachel Ray

Difficult to say as I liveim a renovation project so am in constant filth…eagerly helped along by two small children so anything that cleans up industrial levels of mess greenly would be good. But otherwise cleaning the loo – I keep finding greener products just don’t quite make the grade.

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Jamie-Lee Norris

I have just had a newborn baby and also have an 18 month old so as you can imagine my washing machine and tumble dryer are constantly on the go. I would love to make this easier and greener x

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Sheila Reeves

the vacuuming – with a dog that sheds a lot I seem to be constantly needing to do this chore – which makes it much more of a chore than it should be!

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Olivia B

Washing!! Especially the difficulties of drying your wet washing during the cold wet winter period..

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Natasha Gandy

Cleaning the oven – so many chemicals in the cleaning stuff – maybe I just shouldn’t clean the oven ;) x

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Lisa James

Agree with most people on here, cleaning the oven. Such a hard and tedious task.

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lyndsey B

I havent yet found an eco carpet shampoo, and althugh I use bicarb and vinegar for some tasks I would love to find an eco shampoo!

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Anna Coyle

Definitely Cleaning the oven! I hate it, messy, hard work, and too many chemicals

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Dessiree Brown Llaneza

Washing our clothes. I am trying so hard to cut down my water consumption but we have so much washing! The only thing i can think of is hand washing. i would just love to live in a world where i was completely self sufficient and didn’t need ANYTHING! i would just love to provide everything myself for my family and I.

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Danielle

Would have to be clothes washing – I hate using store bought products but I am yet to find a decent enough product to really clean clothes. xoxo

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Sally

With 2 young children I have had to discard the lounge carpet and have opted for laminate. I no longer need to use an electricity hungry vacuum cleaner. This is why this one would be perfect.

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mandy waller

i would have to be the oven god i hate cleaning the oven should be so much easier than it is

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chanceuxvache

When we had to replace our washing machine, we bought an eco friendly one :) so i feel better about that now! Would definitely like to make cleaning the over easier & greener! xx

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sue willshee

cleaning my windows – it doesn’t matter how long I spend trying to remove the smears, or what products I use, I still sit down at the end of it and can see lots of smears!

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julie thomas

Cleaning the over, I’m always burning my arms in my attempts to clean the oven

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Anthea Holloway

Washing the kitchen floor – especially after our lovely dog has come in wet and muddy!

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Patricia

After many years I have the ironing sussed. My husband and I only buy easy care clothes. The iron is almost redundant and only used on the very rare occasions when we go somewhere special that needs a dress shirt! I have recently discovered the magic of e-cloths which is going to save me lots of pennies on cleaning products but I really need help on being greener when doing the laundry :-)

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Charlotte

I would love to make cleaning the walk in shower easier! We don’t have a bath so getting water onto the shower doors to clean without making loads of mess is a challenge :-)

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JOHN MEAD

Washing up and making it more easier to get the marks out of the pans which is eco friendly as well!

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Paula T

Washing to much water,cleaning products & electricity but with a little one its always on

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Katherine Coldicott

Cleaning the oven. the better/ reasonably priced cleaners seem to be full of chemicals.

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Gemma Wells

Anything that requires tough cleaning products like cleaning the oven or bathroom

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Emma

Getting rid of mildew in the bathroom, using white vinegar seems to be quite effective, but lots of scrubbing needed!

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Rikka B

Cleaning the oven, I hate doing it and the chemicals in the cleaning products sting my eyes and make me cough.

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carolann gaul

got to be washing dishes,aswell as effects on the environment it leaves my hands dry and rough

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olivia kirby

cleaning the oven – that smell can’t mean it’s good for the environment

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Steve Holman

id like to be super green and save lots of energy by doing no chores whatsover but the missus doesnt allow it.
Have to agree with a lot of the other posts cleaning the oven is minging and the harsh chemicals cant be good blurgh…

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Kristy Brown

Got to be the laundry. I try to keep the temperature as low as possible and put it on a quicker wash (50 mins instead of 1hr 45) but having a squaddie hubby I can’t always ensure his uniform is clean in this way!

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prachi

has to be the ironing. the amount of energy spent physically cannot be good for the environment.

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Colette

The washing! Family of four and a dog – 9mo baby and potty training 2.5 yr old – my washing machine is going none stop!

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Helen Aiken

Ironing – It has to be the most boring task there is. If only more things were made so they didn’t need ironing.

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joanna smith

cleaning the oven scares me to death! the instructions make it sound like i could kill the street if i dont do it correctly! if there was less chemicals, it surely would be more green!

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Mark Whittaker

Cleaning the windows – though have started to use nans tip of vinegar and old newspaper. It does seem to help get the least streaks I can manage…and keeps the flys out !

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Hayley Todd

I would love to make cleaning my teenage son’s bedroom easier and greener! It’s a total nightmare in there…..like a swamp filled cess pit and anything to help would be much appreciated!

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Lindsey

Mine would be ironing I hate it with a passion and I can spend ages ironing an item for it to still look creased! I have both several boards and irons and still have the problem. I cannot afford a £500 steamer so not sure what the solution is

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Anna Wilds

To be honest house work is not my favourate choice however, I do my ironing very eco friendly by not actually doing my ironing – I take washing off the line straight away, fold it up and put it away!!!

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Hannah Whitling

Cleaning the floors for me, i have joint problems, so moving a vacuum cleaner around is a nightmare, on top of mopping the floors too. Since the heating came on last year my dog is shedding fur like theres no tomorrow, so theres always fur on the floods, would love for it to be a lot easier without the impact on the environment.

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Lindy

Like many others, it would have to be cleaning the oven. You seem to have to use stuff which contains enough chemicals to create a mini-hole in the ozone layer above your house. There must be something green which is also effective, but I’ve yet to find it!

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Clare Webb

It would have to be washing and drying clothes. If the clothes aren’t too dirty I put them on a fast wash (with three kids who love mud – that doesn’t happen often!) and it is a nightmare trying to dry clothes in the winter or bad weather (like today!) I have the radiators on all over the house to dry uniforms. I much prefer the summer when I love sitting watching the clothes blow in the breeze on the line :)

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Helen

I’d love for all environmentally-unfriendly chemicals to be banned from household cleaning products, some products (Ecover springs to mind) manage to do it and their cleaning products work just as well as others, why can’t they all do and make housework easier and greener for everyone

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Hayley

I would love to own a tumble dryer and not have to worry about how much it will cost to run!

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Antonia

It would be great to make cleaning the oven easier and greener (or preferably have someone else do it for me!!)

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Rebecca

Cleaning the oven, i hate all the chemicals you have to use and the smell they leave

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Karen

cleaning the oven! The amount of chemicals in oven cleaner is disgraceful :( (not as disgraceful as the state i let it get into though!)

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lisa prince

mine would be a hot bath , have no idea how to ill a lovely hot bath we n neededwithout wasting so much gas and water , we do however share our baths i get in irst then the children get in after me

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Dawn Costen

I would go for Limescale removal! I hate doing this job and living in a hard water area we have ALOT of limescale! Everyday I have to scrub the taps. Drives me insane because the chemical sprays that work well are sooo strong smelling that you can hardly breath using them!

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Lesley

Definitely cleaning the oven…every oven cleaner I have tried is so caustic it burns my skin!

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