People Are Sharing Their Cleaning Fails Online And It Might Brighten Up Your Mood

Nobody said that household chores are easy. Imagine how many couples break up over dirty dishes. Think of how many full-blown rants families go through just because the trash was full and no one could be bothered to take it out.

Robot vacuums, Roombas, robot mops, and robovacs were invented to make our lives easier. And they did! The first robot vacuum was the brainchild of the inventor James Dizon, but only in 2014 did tech-savvy vacuuming become a thing. Now, the chances are your mom has one, or you just added one to the basket. But not everything is that easy when it comes to putting one of the most hated household chores in the hands (?) of a robot that resembles a UFO.

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So, this time, Bored Panda compiled a list of painfully funny cleaning failures that prove a couple of things: a. We all make mistakes; b. Don’t do it unless you know what you’re doing; and c. Beware of that freakin’ robot vacuum. And take the third one seriously, everyone.

#1 A Volunteer At Our Local Cat Rescue Turned On The Vacuum

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#2 Roomba Suicide In My House Last Night. It Somehow Wrapped Up Its Sensors In Toilet Paper And Headed Off The Edge

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#3 Came Into The Kitchen To Find That My Dog Trapped The Dead Roomba With His Toys

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Back in time, robot vacuums seemed like a futuristic luxury not for everyone. But today, everything has changed and these tech-savvy “flying saucers” make up 20% of the global vacuum market. The Roomba remains the most popular choice, making up 70% of the total robot vacuum market, with over 14 million units sold to date. Remember that this cleaning product comes at a minimum of $300, so their popularity is nevertheless surprising.

#4 I Found This While Vacuuming Under Our Bed

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#5 This Is What Happens When Your Wife Leaves The Door Open To The Pool Area. Your Expensive Robot Vacuum Decides It Wants To Meet The Pool Vacuum… Goddammit

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#6 The Roomba Didn’t Come Home Last Night After Its Scheduled Cleaning And Is Nowhere To Be Found

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The iRobot CEO and co-founder Colin Angle told TechCrunch in an interview that the high sales of Roomba cleaners prove it’s “a steady business for a consumer product that starts at a price point that tends to be a bit higher than your average human-powered home cleaning hardware.” Meanwhile, Angle envisions home robots gaining more importance as homes get smarter.

But some critics claim that robot vacuums will never replace traditional cleaning tools because… well, they don’t do their job that well. According to NY Times, even the best robot vacuums barely touch the fine dust that settles into rugs.

“After six months of regular cleaning with the top-of-the-line Roomba, all of this debris still managed to pile up in a single 6-by-9-foot area rug.” The mess was cleaned in only 15 minutes by a human-powered vacuum.

#7 Cat + Paint Can + Roomba

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#8 Received A Notification From My iRobot App. “Roomba Requires Your Attention. Roomba Is Stuck Near A Cliff”

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#9 Local Doggie Daycare Learned A Valuable Lesson About Leaving A Roomba In The Reception Area

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Another con in the robovac department is that our modern homes filled with obstacles are not compatible with robots that easily get stuck in household clutter. Think of all the piles of laundry, small little items scattered around the house, charging cables, and all the other traps. These are a no-go for a robot vacuum and unless you keep your home clutter-free, it will be a hassle.

And lastly, in all fairness, not all robot vacuums look like they really know what they’re doing. Do an experiment: sit down, relax, and watch your bud moving around. You’ll see it bumping into obstacles, cleaning the same area for half an hour, and basically looking dumb and without a vision. The best way to avoid this is to stop watching and let it be.

#10 My Brand New Roomba Ran Over My Puppy’s Poop And Proceeded To “Clean” The Rest Of My Home

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#11 I Hear Screaming Coming From The Living Room, Only To Find My 5-Year-Old Daughter On The Floor With Her Hair All Sucked Up & Tangled In Our iLife Robot Vacuum

I couldn’t stop laughing the entire time I tried to free her.

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#12 Forgot My Headphones On The Ground While The Roomba Was Running

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#13 Apparently I Found A Loose Thread While Vacuuming

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#14 Found Out Why The Roomba Quit Working

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#15 Apparently My Dog Thought The Roomba Was An Assailant

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#16 So Your Vacuum Cleaner Doesn’t Work

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#17 Just Found Out I Bought Vacuum Which Doesn’t Have Any Vacuum Capabilities, It Just Rolls Around The Floor

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#18 This Vacuum At Work Hadn’t Been Cleaned In A While

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#19 Today I Got Home To A Vacuum Robot With Artistic Pretensions

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#20 Mother Knew I Wanted A Roomba But Didn’t Want To Waste That Much Money On One. So She Found One For A Bargain. Note, It Has Zero Vacuuming Ability

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#21 Never Vacuum Your Keyboard

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#22 Oh Yeah… A Cliff

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#23 If You’re 3 Years Old, Terrified Of The Vacuum, And You Dump Baby Formula On The Floor, You’re Gonna Have A Bad Time

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#24 My Robot Vacuum Ate A Piece Of Chalk

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#25 Why You Shouldn’t Agree To Dogsit When You Have A Robot Vacuum

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#26 Bumped The Empty Button After Finishing Vacuuming

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#27 Started Cracking Up When I Discovered SNL’s Mr. Bill Stuck Like This In The Roomba. Poor Guy

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#28 When The Robo Vacuum Ruins Its Perfect Track Lines Retuning To Base

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#29 We Bought A Roomba Yesterday And Ran It Last Night. It Had A Surprise For Us In The Morning

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#30 Roomba Has Gone Rogue

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#31 Not Only Did It Steal The Bloody Shower Towel It Tried To Hide Under The Vanity Thing. I Suppose It Wanted To Snack In Private

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#32 Go Home, Roomba! You’re Drunk

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#33 Roomba, The Nope Of Dog World

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#34 Apparently My Husband Hasn’t Learned How To Hide His Charger Cords From “Eva” The Vacuum

She sent me a message while I was at work to tell me she was having a bad day and requires assistance.

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#35 It Made It Less Than A Meter From The Charger Before Asking To Be Charged Again

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#36 My Parents Tested Using Robo-Vac To Clean The Unfinished Basement And Apparently Left The Walk-Out Door Open

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#37 My Buddie’s Girlfriend Has A Husky And Hasn’t Vacuumed For A Few Months This Came Out Of Said Vacuum After

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#38 Why I Don’t Vacuum

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#39 This Is What I Woke Up To

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#40 This Is Carl. He Likes To Squeeze Into Impossible Spots And Then Sleep. This Is His Favorite Spot, Takes 2+ People To Get Him Out

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#41 Came Home To Find My Roomba In An Apparent Suicide Attempt

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#42 Cat Took A Crap On The Floor And Our Roomba Decided To Drag It All Over The Floor

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#43 Just My Neighbor Vacuuming His Grass

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#44 Just Vacuuming The Street In Front Of The 5-Star Hotel

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#45 The Roomba Sucked Up My Headphones While I Was Gone

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#46 Came Home From Dinner And Found My Vacuum Hanging On For Life

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#47 Literally

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#48 Note To Self: Be More Careful When Using The Vacuum Hose

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#49 My Girlfriend Was Wondering Why Her Vacuum Was Not Working Anymore

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#50 The Cord For My Wife’s Vacuum

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#51 Wife And Teen Daughters Said Vacuum Wasn’t Working, Checked Roller Brush

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#52 I’m Sorry, A What?

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#53 Mischievous Roomba This Morning

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#54 Just A Man Attempting To Vacuum A Puddle. Typical Glasgow

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#55 Get A Roomba So You Don’t Have To Clean Up Anymore, They Said

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#56 Roomba Got My Last Roll Of Toilet Paper

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#57 Our Roomba Had A Run-In With Naked Barbie. Naked Barbie Lost

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#58 I’m Suddenly Remembering Why I Sweep My Craft Room Instead Of Letting The Roomba Do The Floors

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#59 You’re A Jerk, Roomba

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#60 Roomba Tried To Make A Break For It Today

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#61 Ran The Robot Vacuum 20 Minutes After Leaving The House. The Dog Evidently Waited Less Than That To Plant A Steamer By The Front Door

My wife couldn’t figure out why she kept getting error messages from the vac app

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#62 The Roomba Got All The White Thread Off The Bobbin After My Wife Left Just A Bit Touching The Floor

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#63 Our Vacuum Cleaning Robot Got Stuck Under The Drying Rack

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#64 So My Vacuum Robot Got Into My LEGO Room

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#65 Oh No

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#66 This Is A New One. Not Only Do My Cats Play With The Toilet Paper, So Does My Roomba

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#67 Today I Came Home To Find Joomba Mating With Or Killing One Of Murrow’s Toys

Everyday my Roomba tells me via the app that it has successfully completed cleaning my floors, and is back home nestled in its little charging base. And almost every day I come home to find little Joomba in a different place in the house, completely drained of its battery.

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#68 Pro-Tip: Don’t Use An Industrial Vacuum Cleaner To Clean Your Thinkpad

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#69 My Buddy Was Pumped To Get A Roomba… Until His Dog Poo’d In The House

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#70 So I Was Vacuuming My Car Today When I Noticed The Vacuum Wasn’t Sucking Very Good. This Is What I Found

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#71 Vacuuming When… Nope

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#72 Quarantine Day 9 – My Dad Vacuuming The Yard

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#73 The Way My Girlfriend Winds Her Vacuum Cord

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#74 Roomba Made The Poor Choice Of Trying To Clean Up Dog Poop. After Dragging It Around The Dining Room, The Roomba Put Itself In The Corner. I’m Assuming Because Of Shame

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#75 Roomba Screwed Up

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#76 Vacuuming Fail

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#77 My Flatmate Owns This Crappy Vacuum Cleaner Robot Which Keeps Getting Stuck Everywhere. I Swear It’s Easier And Better To Just Use An Ordinary Vacuum Cleaner

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#78 Came Home To This Derp Having Pulled Open The Blinds And Promptly Dying

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#79 Came Home To A Murder. I Think My Broom Resents My New Purchase. The Roomba’s Battery Died Like This

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#80 “Daddy! I Need Your Help!” Walked In And Saw This. We Saved Some Hair, But Still Had To Cut Her Out

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#81 Pro-Tip: Use A Vacuum To Quickly Wrap Your Headphones

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#82 My Robotic Vacuum Died About 3 Feet From Its Charging Station

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#83 Roomba Got Hungry

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#84 I’m Afraid, Our Vacuum Will Quit Soon. It Seems He Had An Interview

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#85 “A Vacuum That Never Loses Suction”… Until You Have A Kid

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#86 Accidentally Vacuumed Up Fishing Line

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#87 I See Your Tangled Earbuds And I Raise You This

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#88 Vacuum Cleaner On/Off Switch Was Sparking/Broken And I Didn’t Want To Buy A New One. Fixed It

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#89 I Live With Five Other Girls. This Is What Happens Every Time I Vacuum The Apartment

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#90 I Was Trying To Vacuum At Work And I Almost Burned Down The Place

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#91 “Babe, The Vacuum Isn’t Sucking. Can You See If You Can Fix It?”

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#92 When Customers Think That Two Dyson Stick Vacs Are Enough To Clean A Home With Three Dogs

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#93 While I Was In The Shower, My Dog Puked Up All Of His Breakfast. Roomba Attempted To Do His Duties, But He Was Not Equipped For This Mission

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#94 My Mom’s Roomba Broke Her Lamp Today

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#95 Another Bad Roomba. Came Home To This

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#96 When Nobody Remembers To Clean The Vacuum Cleaner

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#97 My Roomba Got A New Tail

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#98 The Way Our Vacuum Cleaner’s Head Just Barely Doesn’t Fit In This Gap

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#99 How Close My Vacuum Is To Fitting In This Gap

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#100 My Vacuum Robot That Knocked Over These Plants, Making A Bigger Mess Than Any One This Jerk Has Ever Cleaned

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#101 How The Roomba Stole Christmas

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#102 Apparently My Roomba Got A Little Chilly While I Was At Work

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#103 Vacuum Was Not Working. She Blamed It On The Cat. Our Cat Is Grey

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#104 One Dog… One Vacuum

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#105 Attempted Roomba Suicide

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#106 House Sitting My Parents House And Was Too Lazy To Vacuum Myself, Sadly The Roomba Is An Idiot

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#107 Wanted To Take The Dirt Out Of The Vacuum

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#108 I Just Wanted To Vacuum Under The Table

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#109 When Your Roomba Sucks In A Loose Cable Of The TV Sound System

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#110 Get A Roomba They Said. It’ll Make Your Life Easier They Said

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#111 Robot Vacuum Sucked My Mouse

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#112 Thank God My Husband Married Me For More Than Just My Housekeeping Skills

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#113 Vacuum Cord. About Once A Year I Have To Replace This Cord Because The Wife Destroys Them

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#114 My Roomba Got Stuck While Cleaning Today

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#115 Decided To Clean My Keyboard With A Vacuum Cleaner

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#116 Roomba vs. Wyze Wi-Fi Camera

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#117 So Our Roomba Had A Rough Day Yesterday

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