A mystical mood is achieved best by contrasting organic and the ordinary with ethereal textures. Pictures: Supplied

Imagine a machine that does the tedious work of ironing for you. Are you one of those people who cleans up before the cleaner arrives?

WATCH: The machine that takes the pain out of ironing

Two young inventors have created a robotic ironing machine to make short work of creased shirts, blouses, trousers and underwear.

Effie – as the machine is named – has been designed by Rohan Kamdar and Trevor Kerth, both 27. Picture: YouTube.com

Sud's law: Here's how to wash the dishes properly

With millions now relying on dishwashers to clean our pots and pans, many of us have apparently forgotten how to carry out the task properly by hand.

Domestic gurus at the Good Housekeeping Institute say you should begin with glasses, before moving on to mugs and then cups.

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COOL IDEA: Just knock twice on LG’s InstaView fridge’s tinted glass panel and it will light up. Picture: LG website

Quick! Tidy up, the domestic worker's on her way

It may seem self-defeating, but two thirds of householders admit they tidy their home before the cleaner comes.

Slip on your rubber gloves and tackle one room at a time. Picture: Af Mil

PICS: How to throw a mystical-styled garden party

How about an enchanting outdoor lunch or dinner party that will make your guests feel like they’ve been transported to a fairy-tale story?