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The yearly autumn cleaning is becoming urgent. At least, that’s how it was in the past, when dienstencheques (‘service vouchers’) could scarcely be dreamt of. In the mid-twentieth century, a housewife with four children spends approximately sixty hours a week on household chores. Washing, cooking and looking after the children: it’s a never-ending responsibility.

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