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Feb 7 2012

Crucial Tips For Keeping Our Children’s Rooms Allergen-Free

According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma Immunology (AAAAI), approximately 13 million school days are missed each year due to asthma.

Because my husband and I are both allergy sufferers and I have asthma, I know my son is at a much greater risk of developing both, which is a total bummer. So I am always looking for ways to limit his exposure to dust, allergens, and indoor air pollutants.

But, I have a confession. Being a less than perfect housekeeper, I admit that I sometimes cut corners when it came to cleaning my son’s room. My guests never go in there so I figured my limited time was better spent on the kitchen and living room.

But after doing some research, I realized what a huge risk I was taking. After all, my son spends a third of his life in his bedroom, which means that air should be the cleanest and safest air in the house. When he lays his precious little head down and drifts off to dream he should be safe and secure, not breathing in harmful allergens.

Instead of feeling guilty, I found these tips from the AAAAI for keeping our children’s rooms allergen free. I hope you find them as useful as I have.

Tips for dealing with pet dander: Continue reading »

Jan 28 2012

Author, Mysti Reutlinger Shares Crucial Information on Dangerous Chemical Cleaners

At Crucial Vacuum we know how important it is to keep our families healthy and breathing easy. Why else would we spend so much time cleaning and sanitizing? But lately there has been a lot of talk about the dangers of the chemicals found in common household cleaners and it got my attention. Am I doing more harm than good?

So I caught up with Mysti Reutlinger, author of “The Pantry Cleaner: Chemical Free Cleaning”, to pick her brain about the dangers of household cleaners and I was shocked by what she had to say.

CV: So, just to clear things up, what is chemical free cleaning as opposed to “commercial cleaning”? 

MR: Chemical-free cleaning uses natural products that eliminate germs, grime, and all the goo any child (or adult) could produce without adding any chemicals into the home.  

CV: What first sparked your interest in chemical free cleaning? 

MR: The short version; My youngest son.  My son arrived at 24-weeks in gestation. He was 1 pound, 7 ounces and 12 inches long at birth. He spent the first 115 days of his life in a Neonatal ICU and when he came home, he was on oxygen. I quickly noticed that he struggled breathing when I cleaned. Upon hours of research, including reading many medical studies published in accredited journals, I found the correlation between commercial cleaners and a host of problems occurring in people. 

CV: Your book is described as teaching us how to clean without the use of harmful chemicals that can lead to respiratory distress, loss of smell, and even cause cancer… are household cleaners really that dangerous? 

MR: In a word, yes. When we purchase food in a store that is processed and packaged, we have a list of ingredients on the side and can make reasonable decisions about the quality of the food in the package. Commercial cleaners (anything purchased) don’t have to follow the same regulations because their chemical formulas are considered “trade secrets.” Longterm exposure to some chemicals found in the most common of cleaning products leads to many disorders, diseases, and yes, even cancer.  

A study published in the October 2007 issue of American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine provides a good illustration. Over 3,000 people who did not have asthma or asthma symptoms at the start of the study were followed by researchers and their cleaning habits were evaluated. In the people who used commercial spray cleaners once a week, 42% had asthma symptoms at the end of the study. Those who cleaned more often were diagnosed with asthma and required medication. 

CV: I was shocked when I read about the damage that chemicals in common cleaners can do. Like disinfectants are toxic to our respiratory and circulatory systems? Isn’t that a bit ironic? 

MR: It is ironic. We want what is best for our families. We love them and want everyone to be safe. Cleaning shouldn’t be dangerous! 

CV: Is it safer to not clean at all rather than use store bought chemical cleaners? 

MR: Before there were commercial cleaners, people cleaned. They used vinegar, lemons, baking soda, corn starch, and regular lye soaps. Dishes were scrubbed and when someone was sick, rinsed with boiling water. Even without understanding the science behind having a clean home and eliminating germs and bacteria, our ancestors cleaned. Just like they knew what science has proven today, a clean home will keep our families from becoming sick. It is definitely not safer to live without cleaning. 

CV: I tried! But what about allergy sufferers? Don’t we need something more powerful to clear the air? 

MR: Allergy sufferers most certainly need clean air, not chemically-filled air.  

At one point in my life, I took prescription allergy medicines every spring and fall. I was convinced that the stuffy nose and burning eyes was a result of the seasonal plants growing and irritating me. When I changed how I cleaned, I still had the occasional stuffy nose and burning in my eyes, but I no longer needed medication to treat the symptoms.  

So now that I’ve got your attention, check back next week for Mysti’s tips for beginners like me who want to try their hand at chemical-free cleaning. Part two of our interview includes a couple simple chemical-free cleaner recipes, tips for getting rid of dust, and Mysti tells me what one item I should throw out today.

Dec 30 2011

Worst Chore Ever, or Not So Bad? Where do You Rank Vacuuming?

Crucial Vacuum recently asked on Facebook where vacuuming ranks among your favorite and least favorite household chores. As is to be expected, the answers varied. There werethose who absolutely hate to vacuum, and there were those who don’t mind it at all.

One response was, “ I despise it. Love the house when it’s done, but hate the chore.”

Another Facebook friend said, “My favorite chore too. Instant gratification. That’s my kind of cleaning.”

In fact, about half of the people who responded said it was their favorite chore. But just as many people claimed to not like vacuuming at all.

As for me, I love it. There is nothing better than freshly vacuumed carpet. I love the lines that my vacuum leaves behind as if to say, “why yes, my lovely owner did just vacuum”. I love knowing that there are no tiny little choking hazards for my baby to get a hold of. I even enjoy the actual act of vacuuming, it’s kind of fun honestly. My dog goes crazy chasing the vacuum, which always makes the baby laugh, and it’s a little bit of a workout. So, as far as household chores go, I really can’t complain about vacuuming.

The only problem that I have with vacuuming is that I have to do so much work before I can vacuum. You know, all the picking up, putting away, and dusting that comes first? Those are among my least favorite chores along with dishes and laundry and pretty much every other chore. Sorry to disappoint, but the domestic goddess you see above is not me.

It is because of all the putting away and picking up that my living room has not been vacuumed in a few days. At this very moment, my house is a complete disaster thanks to Christmas. I now know why my parents used to dread bringing home a car full of new toys from every grandparent. I have no idea where any of this stuff is going to go and no desire to start trying to figure it out.

But my husband and I are both already starting to sneeze and sniffle, a telltale sign that it is past time to vacuum. Unfortunately for us our allergies don’t stop when winter comes around. I have to constantly keep our house dusted and vacuumed or we are miserable. So while I would love to put off sorting through these toys for a few more days, I know I can’t.

On the bright side, I have a brand new filter for my vacuum and I am not ashamed to admit that I am super excited to put it to use. Until recently, I had no idea how important it was to keep my vacuum in tiptop shape for my own health. Since I have started changing my vacuums bags before they are completely full and maintaining a clean vacuum filter, I have been able to breathe much easier. My husband and I have both noticed that our allergies are less irritated and we are hoping that by keeping the air clean in our house we are helping to keep our son from developing the same problems.

So the rest of my day will consist of sorting through toys new and old, putting things away, dusting, and last but not least… vacuuming. Maybe that is why I like vacuuming, because it means I am finally done cleaning.

Apr 2 2010

Crucial-Closure: Hoover Y HEPA Vacuum Bags

Ladies and Gentelmen I am pleased to present to you our newest product and first time manufacturing of the Crucial-Closure HEPA vacuum bags! You might be asking yourself “self, what exactly is a Crucial-Closure HEPA vacuum bag??!” Let me explain: These vacuum bags have a one of a kind closure that seals around the bag opening to keep the lighter dust particles from escaping the bag when removing it from your vacuum.

The HEPA bags fit your Hoover vacuum and are style Y. These bags are absolutely essential for all allergy sufferers. If you check out your older vacuum bags you will begin to notice that the lighter dust typically escapes the vacuum bags and recycles back into your air, forcing your allergies to start-up as well as making you work harder to clean.

Crucial-Closure HEPA vacuum bags provides 99.7% filtration through the bag alone and will trap microscopic particles and allergens. The Filtration Efficiency of these bags being almost 100% compared to as low as only 20% in standard bags, will allow you to notice a great amount of reduction in dust and pollen inside your home.

We at Crucial Vacuum designed Crucial-Closure with a cloth material, not paper, because as we all know, paper is more porous -allowing the dust to escape. This cloth bag allows for better efficiency and traps more dust. These bags simply keep the dust and dirt trapped inside the bag when it is changed – end of story!

If you have asthma, suffer from allergies or would simply like a cleaner home, then please buy Crucial-Closure. We want YOU to be happy and healthy – join us in this revolution. Crucial-Closure comes in two different flavors: packs of 3 or packs of 9. Click HERE to see what other goodies we are offering.

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.