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Jun 17 2014

Eat Your Way to an Allergy Free Season!

As the spring season brings warm weather, it also brings with it sniffling, sneezing, and other annoying seasonal allergy symptoms.

Allergies are caused when histamines bind to receptors causing inflammation of the nasal passages, throat, and eyes. Allergy medicines treat and prevent symptoms using chemicals with anti-histamines and anti-inflammation properties. Anti-inflammatory properties inhibits different enzymes and prevent oxidants from further damaging and destroying tissue. Anti-histamines prevent allergies by blocking histamines from binding to receptors. You could have your doctor inject chemicals with the possibility of adverse effects and around this time, allergy medicines have disappeared from shelves.

What if you could diminish or even prevent your allergies by just eating natural foods?

If you are one of the 40 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies, consider adding certain foods to your diet.

ANTHOCYANINS

Anthocyanins are flavonoids with several health benefits including but not limited to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties especially in sinuses and nasal passages.
Foods include: acai, beet, bilberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, blood orange, cherry, chokeberry, cranberry, eggplant, purple corn, purple grape, raspberry, redcurrant.

CARATENOIDS

Carotenoids are a soluble nutrient mainly known for converting to Vitamin A for the body. However they are a hydrocarbon with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune system boosting properties to better fight off allergies.
Foods include: carrot, apricot, sweet potato, pumpkin, cantaloupe, spinach, broccoli, kale, turnip, tomato.

QUERCETINS

Quercetin is a phytonutrient known for several health benefits with anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, and anti-histamine properties.  Studies show it’s expansive magnitude in health benefits.
Foods include: caper, chamomile tea, red apple, red grape, blueberry, red cherry, blackberry, onion, broccoli, elderberry, and licorice.

 

Eat your way to an allergy-free spring season while enjoying natural and delicious food! Remember to always consult with a physician before starting any health regime.

Aug 15 2013

Back to School: Tips To Keep Your Dorm Room Clean

As the calendar has turned to the month of August, we already see signs of the fall season fast approaching. With this change of season, one of many things to come to mind here at Crucial Vacuum is Back To School – And Crucial Vacuum prides itself on helping families across the United States keep their living space clean and their air fresh.

Crucial Vacuum knows that most college students have greater things on their mind than clean floors, but we are going to drop some knowledge with five tips to current and incoming college students so they can feel clean and healthy throughout their college career.

Tip #1: Make Your Bed

Making your bed daily not only makes you feel cleaner, but it also is aesthetically pleasing and can make a big impact on how big your cramped dorm room looks and how big it feels.

Tip #2: Clean Your Sheets

Properly washing and drying your sheets keeps you healthy and leaves your bed fresh and allergy free.

Tip #3: Keep Your Closets in Order

Fold your laundry, hang up your clothes, and keep your shoes neatly in various assortments of organizers. This will prevent you from losing articles of clothing and doing excessive washes, wasting water, and using harmful chemicals for the environment more than you should! Be Green in College!

Tip #4: Clean Your Microwaves & Coffee Filters

We get it! You are in college dorm room and will probably eat a lot of ramen noodles and drink excessive amounts of coffee. But with that, you need to keep those appliances clean. A great way to do this is by using vinegar to clean out those dirty pieces of equipment.

Additionally, if you need any new coffee filters, we offer a great selection of reusable coffee filters available at great low prices that are environmentally friendly.

Tip #5: Clean Your Floors

Chances are your college dorm room floors are going to be covered in all sorts of unmentionables. Furthermore, we know that you are looking for a cheap vacuum that can just get the job done. Have hardwood floors in your dorm room? I doubt it
But if you do have wood floors, tiled floors, or laminate floors, we suggest the Sanitaire by Electrolux. Luckily we sell these filters, bags, and hoses (Alternative Beer Funnels) at great discount prices.

If you have carpet, Crucial Vacuum would suggest a Vacuum Cleaner! We suggest a lightweight, cheap vacuum such as the Eureka Optima or Crucial Vacuum’s own Crucial Swirl! Parts for the Eureka Optima are relatively inexpensive and the vacuum is small and light enough to be stored easily. Additionally, inexpensive vacuums such as the Crucial Swirl or the Bissell CleanView are a great choice and allow you to pocket that extra book money where it belongs, Beer Money!

Vacuums Suck! But cleaning doesn’t have to! It might not be the most exciting task, but have fun with it!

Having trouble with your current vacuum? You may need to replace your filters, belts, or a variety of other vacuum parts.

Extra Tip: Clean Your Bathroom

This one is especially for upperclassmen because they usually have private bathrooms! Routinely clean your restroom floors, sinks, shower heads, and tubs to ensure that you stay clean throughout your time at school.

So, College Students: There you go! Crucial Vacuums Dorm Room Cleaning Tips will keep you healthy and happy while you pursue your future goals! Happy Learning!

 

Jul 8 2013

Bagless vs. Bagged Vacuums – Which is Best?

In the great big world of vacuum cleaners, there is one thing of which you can be sure: There are so many vacuum brands from which to choose these days such as Shark, Hoover, Dyson, Bissell, Oreck, etc. It comes down to dollars and cents for all of us. For our purposes here, let’s narrow it down to the differences between machines that use vacuum cleaner bags, or bagged vacuums, and those that do not take a vacuum bag, also known as bagless vacuums. Naturally, some people prefer bagless vacuums, while others stick with vacuum bags. Which one should one prefer? Let’s get into the nitty gritty of it all.

What you need to know about Bagless Vacuums

 

Bagless Technology

With the introduction of bagless technology there has been much to get excited about. Along with eliminating the bag has come the technology that produces your very own private cyclone within the chamber. Many bagless vacuums on the market do not lose suction as the dirt chamber reaches its full capacity, which is also a positive. The force of this contained “dust-cup” causes the finer particles to be caught by a vacuum cleaner filter and the larger particles to fall into a collection container, which you simply remove and empty into the trash. The visibility makes it so easy to see when it’s time to empty the container.

You have a couple of options in taking care to ensure the dust is neither redeposited or gets all over you. You can place a plastic bag around both the container and your hand as you tip and tap it out into the bag. Carefully closing the bag will contain the discard nicely and is the best method of reducing exposure if you have allergies. Alternatively, you can go outdoors and empty the waste into a trash can being careful not to cause them to become airborne. Here’s the rub: If you are going to dispose the dirt and dust in a bag, why not just put it directly in a vacuum bag to begin with! This way you don’t have to touch it, see it or breathe it!

Filtration

Apart from the obvious, saving money on vacuum bags, bagless vacuums have filters that must be changed. Most consumers do not know this hidden fact. More often than not a vacuum cleaner that does not have a vacuum bag, could have three vacuum filters that need to be changed. It’s great to change your filter every 3 to 6 moths, especially for allergy sufferers, as it ensures the vacuum is operating at maximum efficiency and not recirculating the dust back into your home. With bagless machines, the vacuum cleaner filter may be pulled and cleared of dust similarly to the container. These vacuum filters are the only thing that you need to replace periodically in order to keep your vacuum operating at optimal efficiency. For your convenience and cost savings, CrucialVacuum.com offers vacuum cleaner filter options at over half-off the original price along with free shipping and free returns. Check out our washable, reusable filters for even greater convenience.

Bagged Vacuums
While bagged vacuum cleaners have yet to be declared horse and buggy, they have been around for better than a century. In fact, the original concept for vacuum cleaner bags was a pillow case. Obviously, that is not advisable with what we now know about maintaining good indoor air quality.


Types of Bagged Vacuums

There are various vacuum styles, again, appealing to your personal preference or even the type of job you need to perform. Vacuum cleaner bags are produced for uprights, canister and handheld machines. The bag is porous and acts as a filter in itself allowing air to pass through very tiny holes while trapping the dirt particles that get collected. As long as you have a machine with a sufficiently powerful fan to drive the air and a small intake opening for more powerful suction you have the means of picking up both small and larger particles. Rotating brushes are used to help kick up the dirt that is carried along the air stream and drawn into the vacuum cleaner bag. The air is then expelled through the exhaust port but not before it is filtered so nothing but clean air is returned to the room.

Outside of this operation, all that is left for you is to ensure you have a sufficient supply of the correct type of vacuum cleaner bags and change them as they get full. This way, your machine continues to operate efficiently and your house gets cleaned. Crucial Vacuum branded vacuum bags boast “Crucial-Closure” that covers the opening of the bag, making it as clean and easy to transport and dispose so you don’t inhale all that dirt!

Crucial Vacuum carries supplies for both ends of the spectrum. If you have a bagless vacuum, such as a Dyson, Shark or Bissell, we’ve got all your vacuum filter needs covered. Likewise, we  sell vacuum bags for all bagged vacuums, like Hoover, Eureka, Bissell and Dirt Devil and many more. Ultimately, the choice between a bagless and bagged vacuum really comes down to personal preference. A number of people prefer the ease of disposing dust with vacuum bags; others appreciate saving the money on bags for a few filters.

 

Apr 1 2012

Crucial Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning TipsThe first signs of spring bring about the desire to open windows, clear out old, stale air, and begin clearing dust and cobwebs from the corners of their home. The task can be daunting, but some tips and tricks from cleaning specialists will turn spring cleaning into a simple task!

Declutter first!

Myra suggests that you declutter before you begin deep cleaning. Go through each room in your home and survey the piles, paying special attention to ‘junk cabinets and drawers’ to eliminate items that you no longer need. If you have a stack of papers that you haven’t yet surfed through, do it! Separate everything into bins for recycling, items to sell or donate, and garbage. With fewer items, it’s much easier to clean effectively. Continue reading »

Feb 14 2012

Save Time and Money By Washing Your Vacuum’s Filter, Seriously!

I talk a lot about washing your vacuums filter. But I bet I know what a lot of you are thinking. Wash my vacuum filter? Is she nuts? Well, I’m not. Crucial Vacuum actually sells washable filters for your vacuum. If you don’t have one yet, you’re missing out!

Because let’s be honest, how many of us are guilty of waiting way too long to change our vacuum’s filter? Well, I hate to break it to you but you are really not getting much out of your vacuum if your filter isn’t clean.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just rinse your filter out rather than buying a new one? Well, you actually can!

Don’t feel too bad, washable filters are a fairly new trend. The “washability” of our filters allows you to reuse the same filter over and over, therefore saving you time, and most importantly- money!

What are washable filters? Continue reading »