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May 16 2016

A Quick Guide to the Top Vacuum Attachments

vacuum-attachmentsTo get the most out of your vacuum, you should be taking advantage of the attachments. Of course, with how busy most of us are, we sometimes just forget about them or completely ignore using them. This is a shame because the attachments can really bring the entire system together. So if you’re not sure how to use these various accoutrements, don’t let that hold you back from making the most of your vacuum system. So this week, we’re going to talk about the three most common attachments and how to use them. Then finally we’re going to talk about some specialty attachments that can make other cleaning chores a lot easier. Continue reading »

May 9 2016

The Springtime Scents of Aromatherapy

aromatherapy-scentsSpringtime brings many things; from gentle April showers to fields of wildflowers, this season is full of scents and sounds. However, rain stops, and flowers fade, leaving behind faint memories in their wake. Baking cookies evoke different memories in different people, from warm memories to off-putting ones.  Different smells have long been known to evoke strong feelings in people, driving an entire field of study devoted to scents and how they affect us.  Aromatherapy uses various fragrances to help balance and support a person’s mental health and well-being  and we, your friends from Crucial Vacuum would like to help you improve that. Continue reading »

Apr 29 2016

Gardening with Compost 101: Making Compost and Storage

garden-compost-gardenLast time, we here at Crucial Vacuum talked about how to get a garden up and running if your space is limited. This time, we’re going to discuss a way to make your garden better than you ever thought it could be. This doesn’t just apply to apartment gardeners. If you’re starting a backyard (or front yard!) garden, these tips will come in handy for you as well. We’re talking about compost, or Black Gold. Continue reading »

Apr 26 2016

Making the Perfect Cup: The Coffee Beans

coffee-bean-mugTo the average person, making coffee is simple. You open the can, measure some coffee out into the filter, pour the water in the reservoir, press the ON button, and wait for that delicious brew to perk up your morning. For others, the process becomes much more complex, involving scales, thermometers, strange looking carafes and exotic beans until the process becomes as much science as it does art. Thankfully, there’s a middle ground, where we can venture and explore how varying things affect the taste of our morning brew. In general, there are four primary factors in determining how your coffee ends up: the bean, (both the roast and the grind), the water, and the ratio. This week, we’re going to discuss coffee beans, both the roasting and the grinding and how the differences make a distinct cup of java. Continue reading »

Apr 20 2016

DIY Apartment Garden: The Essentials

apartment-gardening-mainOne of the great joys of summertime is going out to your own tomato vine, pulling a fresh fruit from the plant and devouring it with a little drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Couple this with a few other select vegetables, and your summer meals will forever be changed. Of course, before you can harvest anything, you must plant it. That’s where Crucial Vacuum wants to help you. Over the next couple of months, we’ll be talking about how to set up a garden, dealing with common garden pests in safe and organic ways, and some great ideas for garden crops you might not have thought of. We’ll also cover how to store crops for the cold winter and getting a jump on next year’s garden. This week, we’re going to discuss the challenges and opportunities for creating a new apartment garden. Continue reading »