We try mum’s cleaning system that promises to leave your home spotless with just 30 minutes work, Monday to Friday

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. CLEANING has been “having a moment” – from Instagram feeds showing pristine homes and how to achieve them, to the “clean-fluencers” making rubber gloves trendy, we’ve all gone crazy for housework. But while some of us worry whether lemon water is better at making surfaces shine than anti-bac wipes, one woman is resisting against this obsession with scrubbing and says there is no need to be constantly up to our elbows in Mr Muscle. Gemma Bray, 37, from Manchester, creator of The Organised Mum Method, TOMM, says cleaning should not be all-consuming. The mum-of-three has devised a system promising a spotless home with just short, sharp cleans each weekday. Gemma came up with it after juggling being a mum with running her own fish-and-chip shop – and now has 169,000 Instagram followers. She says: “My motto is: Get in, get it done, get outta there. There’s a difference between a dirty home and a slightly messy one that looks lived in. TOMM enables me to do my job, play with my kids and have weekends free.” Here, she explains TOMM, different cleaner personality t...

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The quest to produce quality bottles with greater precision and speed is being met with investment and innovation by blow molding machine manufacturers. New products and next-generation models on exhibit at NPE2018 will show advances in repeatability and flexibility for primary equipment buyers in the automotive, beverage, cosmetic, health care and other markets. For custom blow molders, W. Amsler Equipment Inc. has amped up the second version of its four-cavity stretch blow molding machine and will display it at Booth S21067. The L42X has gone from 3 to 12 Bosch-Rexroth servo motors and now has four parallel heating ovens — one for each cavity — to allow for more precise adjustments compared to a single continuous oven. “We’ve been talking about this machine for a couple years. Nothing else like this is manufactured in North America,” Amsler Sales and Marketing Manager Heidi Amsler said in a phone interview. She pointed to the new oven system, saying, “There’s a lot more control over the process. When you’re running four bottles, you don’t want a variance from the first cavity to the second or last.” The extra servos improve repe...