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Aug 13 2015

TBT: Grandma’s Old School Cleaning Tips Pt. 2

Old School Cleaning Tips Woman sweeping

Throwback Thursday is back again, and we’ve got more Old School Cleaning Tips that your grandmother would be proud of. Our elders have devised amazing concoctions and obscure cleaning methods to do the best job while saving a buck from buying commercialized products.

So we at Crucial Vacuum will be sharing some of the tips our grandparents have taught us.

Freshen Your Shoes by Using Household Herbs

Old School Cleaning Tips Shoes

Having funky smelling shoes is inevitable. We all sweat, and we all like wearing our favorite pairs of shoes, but it becomes a real issue once you become too embarrassed to remove your shoes when entering someone’s home. Don’t worry though, there’s an easy way to deodorize your shoes with some common fresh-smelling herbs!

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Aug 10 2015

National Lazy Day: Robot Vacuum Duel

Robot Vacuum Lazy Pic

It’s National Lazy Day, and we all know how much you’d love to celebrate today, but there’s that icky, dusty mess you’ve got in the corner and your vacuum is across the room.

Ugh, but this sofa is comfortable.  If only we had stretchy arms.

We here at Crucial Vacuum have a solution for you. A Roomba or Neato is a really nifty investment for days like today when you want a constant vacuum cleaning up after the chips you might be eating right now.

In honor of National Lazy Day we will be comparing between the two competitive Robot Vacuum brands in our very own, Robot Vacuum Duel.

Keep in mind, these two brands are both amazing in their own respects, but through our comparison, see which one of these robot vacuum brands caters towards your preference!

We are basing these comparisons on the Roomba 700 series and the Neato XV-21

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Aug 6 2015

TBT: Grandma’s Old School Cleaning Tips Pt. 1

old school cleaning

Whether it was World War II or the Vietnam era, our grandparents learned valuable lessons on staying frugal. They learned how to clean, preserve and repair without having to buy commercialized brands that we’ve grown accustomed to.

This Throwback Thursday, we’re bringing old school cleaning tips that your grandparents innovated in their time without breaking the bank.

Cleaning Your Oven without the Foul Smell

Hate that powerful oven-cleaner smell? Here’s a great alternative: Mix one box of baking soda (about 500g) with 1/4 cup of washing soda. Wet the floor and walls of the oven with a wet rag and sprinkle the mixture on the surface. Repeat and leave overnight. In the morning, wipe the mixture and grease away. Rinse well to remove the residue. Any remaining baked-on stains? Use salt on an abrasive pad to get it out. Continue reading »

Aug 4 2015

13 Uses for your Old Coffee Grounds

coffee grounds Toss out old coffee grounds? We’re all guilty of the after-use, dispose everything method. When we buy something, it’s obvious that we should toss it out once we got our use out of it, right? Coffee grounds can do so much more than fill us with caffeine. This is a habit a lot of us are guilty of, and Crucial Vacuum is here to show you alternative uses for your old coffee grounds that will probably make you slap your forehead in shame for tossing out your old grounds all this time.

 

Keep your used coffee grounds in the kitchen

coffee grounds fridge

  1. As the grounds still give off a pleasant smell, you can use your grounds to deodorize your fridge.
  2. Grab a rag and scrub your grounds against your pots, pans and tools to get rid of that tough grime. (Do not use on ceramic or easily stained dishes)
  3. Rub on your hands after cutting onions or other strong odor food products to get rid of the odor.
  4. Mix with boiling water and dish soap; you can use it to unclog your drains.

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Jul 31 2015

Packing Tips for College: The Conventional and Unconventional

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We have another great set of packing tips for you dear departing college students. We’re giving you the essential packing tips to surviving your first year on your very own.

Pack only the essentials

As a new college student, it’ll be very tempting to bring your entire bedroom to college, but college is the time for learning who you’re going to be for the rest of your life. So bring what you need and leave some room for a new you!

  • Bring clothing, toiletries, and all the important “necessary to live” items that your parents call practical.  Also think about all the types of weather you may face. Be sure to leave winter clothing at home or bring it if you visit home before winter break.
  • Do not bring a lot of posters, stuffed animals, high school trophies, or anything that turns the room into your old bedroom. Instead, invent and grow over the months at college!

So don’t worry, college will introduce you to new interests that will fill your bare walls and shelves.

Hercampus provides a great long list of both the necessary and the optional to bring.

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