How to clean your house with Amazon Alexa

The Jetsons maybe Rosie had the Robot, but we have Alexa.

Amazon’s smart assistant can do everything from showing who’s at the front door to giving your dog a treat if you’re running late. But did you know that you can also clean with Alexa?

That’s right, you can count on Alexa for help with chores. Even if you already have smart home appliances like a WiFi-enabled robotic vacuum cleaner or an app-controlled washing machine, voice assistants like Alexa can help keep your home tidy.

From setting reminders to looking up cleaning tips to ordering cleaning supplies, here are eight ways you can use Alexa to clean your home.

1. Create a cleaning schedule with Alexa

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Struggling with household chores? Create a workable routine to follow with the help of Alexa.

It’s no secret that a home stays clean if you tidy up regularly. And with Alexa reminders, you’ll never forget to get work done. With an Echo device, like a smart speaker or smart display, or the Alexa app for iOS and Android, you can set regular reminders to keep you on track — all you have to do is ask.

For example, you can set an Alexa reminder to take out the trash every Monday at 6 p.m., sweep the floors every Saturday morning, or change your HVAC filter from time to time. You can set up single or recurring reminders with Alexa, and even specify which Echo device should receive the reminder. The latter is a great way to remind kids to clean their bedroom (or other regular chores) every Sunday night without feeling like a whiner.

Rely on Alexa to remind you of outdoor chores like Things like cleaning the gutters, planning your air conditioner settings, and fertilizing your lawn.

2. Order cleaning products

No more detergent? Need more detergent? Alexa can be your personal Amazon shopper – if you let it. Not only does this feature save you a trip to the grocery store, but it also allows you to order things on the spot so you don’t forget to order them later. Before you can shop with Alexa, you must link your Amazon Prime account details in the Alexa app.

You can place orders with Alexa by saying, “Alexa, add [item name] in my cart.” If you don’t include the exact product name you want, Alexa will read you popular options to choose from or tell you about recent similar purchases to help you determine what to order. After adding all your items to the cart, say “Alexa, I’m ready to checkout” and she will help you complete the process by voice.

As an alternative to a list, Alexa can order individual items on the fly, which is very handy if you want to place your order as quickly as possible. To do this, say “Alexa, order [product name]’ and follow their instructions to complete your purchase.

3. Vacuum the floors

Robot vacuum cleaner for cleaning parquet floors.

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Alexa can start tasks like vacuuming the floor, so you don’t have to – technology doesn’t get much better than this.

You can offload tasks like vacuuming to Alexa. Yes, you read that right – Alexa can vacuum the floors for you if you have a compatible smart robot vacuum like the Eufy RoboVac 30C or iRobot Roomba j7+.

When used with a compatible smart robot vacuum, you can create/cancel schedules to start/stop vacuuming at specific times. You can even get down to the exact room you want to vacuum at any given time if you have a floor cleaner with smart mapping technology built in. So if you know you’ve got guests in the guest room, you can let Alexa clean the floor while you’re busy with other things.

You can also use Alexa voice commands to control compatible smart robot vacuums (and robot mops). With a few spoken words, Amazon’s smart assistant can start/stop, pause/resume, and provide status/location updates for specific smart robot vacuums.

4. Check the laundry

If you have an internet-connected washer and dryer, like the LG Smart Wi-Fi-enabled front-load washing machine, Alexa can give you status updates about the current cycle on demand. LG also makes a Wi-Fi enabled dryer that offers the same Alexa voice control capabilities. A voice check of how much time is left in the cycle is a really handy tool while you’re pushing through your weekend assignments.

If you have a basic washer/dryer set that won’t connect to the internet, check out Sound Recognition for Alexa Routines. In that case, you can use an Echo speaker like the fourth-gen Echo, or a smart display like the second-gen Echo Show 5, to listen for beeping appliances like your washer or dryer and alert you when the cycle is finished. This can be done via push notifications sent to your phone, as well as Alexa announcements on the Echo devices you choose to receive them on.

5. Clean your indoor air quality

Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor indoors on the table.

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Don’t overlook your air quality status. Keep it clean and clear with the Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor.

Not only the surfaces in your home need to be cleaned, but also the air in your room. With an air purifier, a smart plug that works with Alexa, and the Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor, you can set up an Alexa routine that automates the air purification process.

Routines are created by you in the Amazon Alexa app. Basically, the routine tells Alexa to turn on the smart plug (which is connected to the air purifier) ​​when the monitor detects a drop in indoor air quality. You can call up the status of your indoor air quality at any time in the app. Amazon’s indoor air quality monitor also supports Alexa routines for your Alexa-enabled humidifiers, fans, and smart thermostats when your indoor air quality changes.

6. Get cleaning tips

Sometimes cleaning can be a hindrance, and some messes require you to think outside the box. Alexa is there for you if you have any questions. You can ask questions like “What is the best DIY glass cleaner?”; “How do I remove grass stains from denim?”; and “How do I clean grout?” Alexa can help answer your questions and give you the cleaning tips you need to get the job done right.

7. Find out how to recycle materials in your area

Person throwing recyclable items such as glass, plastic and tin cans in trash can.

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With Alexa you can keep an eye on sustainability.

A significant part of cleaning is usually tidying up, which can often lead to more waste. Some items are just junk, like used food wrap, diapers and paper towels that have chemicals on them, and most small plastics. However, many other items can be recycled in a variety of ways, depending on local laws.

Alexa can help you figure out what – and how – to recycle items like cardboard, old electrical cords and chargers, and metals. She can also help you find nearby clothing and furniture donation sites to get rid of your old stuff.

When cleaning, consider ordering a rolling storage cart with individual compartments to organize items like cords, batteries, and small metals so things stay together until it’s time to hand them in for recycling.

8. Check the weather for optimal outdoor cleaning

If you plan on cleaning outside—or maybe you have big plans in the garden—check with Alexa for the upcoming weather forecast. Nothing is worse than cleaning up outside when a random rainstorm or strong gusts of wind blow through and wipe out all your hard work.

Before you start beautifying your landscape or cleaning the patio furniture, ask Alexa whether the prediction will play along with the cleaning or not.

While Alexa can help you keep your home tidy, don’t forget to properly clean your smart speakers and displays.

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