In Italy, a number of chemical cleaning products are on the market for the purpose of limiting the amount of time one must spend cleaning house. Take, for example this "easy wax," a floor polish that can be spread with an ordinary damp mop, so that you don't have to go digging in your closet for the floor polishing machine and put down real melted wax (duh). You can see the picture of a floor waxing machine in the upper left corner of the label, with a red line through it. I had to ask someone what it was...
In America, we know that the ultimate purpose of all chemical cleaning products is so you don't have to clean your house at all. As usual, we're a step ahead.
I'm an American living in Italy and making gross generalizations about it.