Good Housekeeping
Updated: April 10, 2013 9:00 AM
14 Innovative Cleaning Products for 2013

From window-cleaning robots to stone-sanitizing wipes, the new appliances and tools at this year's International Home and Housewares Show promise to solve your every cleaning conundrum.

Window Washer (© Nicole Price Fasig)
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Window Washer

Everything we saw from Ecovacs had us thinking of a Jetson-like future — from robots that can tackle heavy stains to smart systems that monitor the whole home. The Winbot ($299-$399) will be their first U.S. release. This cute little window-cleaning unit sticks to glass with two suction rings that can withstand up to 40 pounds of force. It cleans as it goes, then squeegees with the front pad while the 'bot's back pad dries and polishes. The unit measures the window then traverses it in a uniform zigzag pattern to make sure it cleans the whole glass. (You can direct it to go over extra-grimy spots again with the included remote.) Once the job is complete, Winbot returns to its start and plays a tune to let you know it's done. The robot must be plugged in while cleaning, but Ecovacs offers an array of extension cords that should let it clean most sized home windows.

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