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Jul 1 2014

Clean Your Barbecue Grill Naturally

Clean Your Grill Naturally

The Fourth of July is almost near and that means most people are getting their charcoal and burgers ready for their barbecue.

July 4th always brings back the memory of savory burgers and perfectly charred corn-on-the-cobs that only a grill can achieve. However with all the food prep, we tend to forget the most important part of grilling, cleaning and maintenance. Food tastes better when you’re not grilling on top of old grease and burnt food bits.

You could opt to use traditional cleaning chemicals but trade off with potentially harmful residue left behind that could make you sick. Or by using basic ingredients found in your kitchen, you can easily clean your grill for a natural clean.

For a basic degreaser:

Dampen your grill brush and dip it in baking soda. Then scrub your grill until it’s clean. Then simply rinse it off and your ready for your next grill.

For a deep clean:

Place the grates into a large garbage bag. Add a solution of one cup vinegar and half a cup of basking soda into the bag and soak it overnight. The burnt residue should easily loosen for a quick and easy clean.

Aug 7 2013

How to Wash Your Vacuum Cleaner Filter

Washing your reusable filter is an integral part of the upkeep of a well running, happy vacuum cleaner. And if your vacuum is healthy, you will be happy with the results you see!

One of the best aspects about being part of a company like Crucial Vacuum is our constant quest to further Crucial’s success while doing our part to help the environment. When purchasing from Crucial Vacuum, our customers can see that many of our vacuum filters from a wide variety of brands are both washable and reusable. Unfortunately, sometimes our customers do not know how to properly wash and clean their filters to ready them for reuse. Today, we will give step-by-step instructions on how to properly clean your filter to insure that your air stays fresh and clean!

Before & After Wash Vacuum Filter

 

First things first, you should wash your vacuum every 3 to 4 uses! Doing so too often or not often enough can damage the filter and waste your precious time! If it is indeed time to clean your filter, follow these steps to fresh success!

Step #1: Find and read your vacuums manual! It will give you all the information you need! That’s it…..

Just kidding! But it is crucial to know the ins and outs of your particular vacuum.

Step #2: Take your filter outside! This will help avoid dust getting all over your house (which is exactly what you are helping prevent by doing this).

Step #3: Gently tap your filter on the side of the garbage to get out the particles trapped inside. This will get the majority of the dust out of the reusable filter.

Important Tip: Do not wash a single use filter, this will adversely affect the process and can destroy your filter!!

Step #4: Gently wash and rinse your filter with cool-luke warm water! Do not use any soap!

Step #5: Let the filter dry on an open surface for 24-48 hours.

Step #6: Once the filter is dry and clean, put the filter back inside the vacuum and it is ready to go!

Warning: Do not brush your filter with abrasive materials or scrub your filter between the pleats! This can ruin the vacuum.

For a full list of tips, check out our page of Reusable Vacuum Filter Advice!

Happy Cleaning!
The Crucial Vacuum Team

Jul 15 2013

Planting a Tree for Every 1,000 Vacuum Filters Sold

Last year, we promised Crucial Vacuum dot commers that every time you purchase our brand filter for your vacuum, it went towards planting a tree.

We’re still guided by this simple mission this year as we continue our efforts: for every 1,000 Crucial Vacuum branded filters purchased, we’ll be planting a tree at another local farm. It’s a big job and we could not have done it without the famers as well as our customers. It’s our first full year of working hand-in-hand with Farmers to directly support their efforts and help turn their dreams into a beautiful reality.

We are part of a larger global movement by harnessing the power of internet shoppers to do good!

tree planted for every 1,000 vacuum cleaner filters sold!

Chad, founder and CEO of Crucial Vacuum, has announced that through this initiative the company has hand-planted the following trees with the Many Hands Farm located in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.

Baldwin Apple on M111 semi-dwarf stock
Coxs Orange Pippin Apple on M111 semi-dwarf stock
Enterprise Apple on M111 semi-dwarf stock
Honeycrisp Apple on M111 semi-dwarf stock
King of Tompkins County Apple on standard stock
Liberty Apple on Bud 118 semi-dwarf stock
English Morello Pie Cherry
Evans Pie Cherry
Garnet Beauty Peach
Reliance Peach

Each planting site was prepped in the fall of 2012 with a couple wheel barrows of compost and a few lbs of various rock dusts, which will break down slowly over our trees’ lifetime to provide nutrients for them.

We are very excited to see peaches growing on the tree! Come fall we will see more fruit ready to pick and eat.

a vacuum filter turns into a peach

The success of Crucial Vacuums’ philanthropic business model has led to the company continuing it’s tree planting efforts for the upcoming year. Chad claimed “There is much more work to be done. We’ve entered a new era of giving, and it’s been so rewarding.”

Next time you need a vacuum filter, consider Crucial Vacuum.
Mar 12 2010

Clean the Air in your Home

One crucial reason to vacuum your home is for your health. Vacuuming isn’t just to keep your floors clean, but more importantly it cleans the air and dust that you can’t see with the naked eye.

With that being said, the importance of clean air in your home links back to what products you are using to make it “clean”. First off, It’s extremely important to change your vacuum filter on a regular basis, it’s usually every 6 months but that depends on how often you use the vacuum. If you only use the vacuum once a month then you can most likely wait longer to change or wash your filter. I’ve never met someone who only vacuums only once a month, but then again you probably haven’t either since you are reading this blog post! We can safely say you are in touch with cleaning your home environment and are asking yourself how you can make the air in your home cleaner.

I’m here to tell you that to clean your home air you NEED a clean vacuum cleaner filter. That should be the first item you check when you are about to begin vacuuming your space. The reason we enjoy selling Crucial Vacuum filters to our customers is because we know they will be able to wash many of the filters about three times before investing in a new one. With the easy washable instructions, we are assuring our customers the right to a clean home and air environment.

Please buy responsibly and buy at Crucial Vacuum. We appreciate your business and any feedback that you may have.

Mar 12 2010

Feel Better with Natural Allergy Remedies

With so many allergy relief medications out on the market it can be confusing to figure out which medications to use, so sometimes it’s a possibility to opt for a natural remedy. We at Crucial Vacuum want you to feel your best at all times. We’ve found information that we believe will be able to help you feel better – The following remedies come from exitallergy.com:

EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus “calms coughs and relieves nasal congestion.”  It is often found in “cough and cold remedies, chest rubs, and various oils and liniments to relieve pain.”   Eucalyptus has the properties of an “antiseptic and a stimulant with expectorant and antibiotic properties.  Additionally, eucalyptus vapors clear “congestion and loosens mucus.”  Think “steam treatments.”  Also the reason that eucalyptus is used so often in lozenges is because it “increases the production of saliva to reduce the urge to cough.”

RED CLOVER

Red Clover is an asthma remedy when used in the form of a tea.  “It has antispasmodic and expectorant qualities.”

ALFALFA

Alfalfa is believed to combat runny noses, “sneezing, and itching present in allergic rhinitis,” often referred to as “hay fever.”  It is also believed to “nourish the nervous system and to calm the immune system.”

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Apple cider vinegar is “rich in vitamins E, A, B1, B2 and B6” and also has “potassium, calcium, and magnesium.”  If used in conjunction with a “chest compress,” it can reduce “the amount of mucus in the sinus cavities, soothes sore throats, and will shorten the duration of colds.”

LICORICE ROOT

Licorice root has been used as a cough remedy for quite some time.  “It should be used with caution by anyone prone to high blood pressure as excessive use of licorice will make hypertension worse.”  Licorice root has been used in teas to combat a cough and sore throat, such as Traditional Medicials Throat Coat Tea.

Make sure to consult a doctor before considering using natural remedies to see if they are a good option for you.