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Apr 14 2015

Solutions for Dealing with Ticks this Summer

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Who couldn’t use some solutions for dealing with ticks now that the warm weather is here?

We all know what ticks are and lets face it they’re terrible little parasites that plague any outdoor activity we may have in mind. They also suck blood, which adds another level of creepiness to them. Its important to take preemptive measures in avoiding ticks year round, but they are most active come spring and summer time. These solutions for dealing with ticks will have you enjoying the warmer months and staying worry free. So before you allow some bloodsucking parasite onto your body give this blog post a read and stay safe.

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Dress the Part

Whenever you’re outside, especially in a wooded area, it’s important to dress appropriately to avoid contact with these little monsters. Wear light-colored clothing. This will help you identify any tick on your body easily. Ticks love hair and fur, in the case of pets, hopefully you don’t have fur, but hey who am I to judge. Anyway, since ticks love hair be sure to wear a hat. Tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your socks. It may not be fashionable but neither is Lyme disease. You’ll be thankful. Continue reading »

Mar 19 2015

Its National Poultry Day – Cleaning Tips for Dealing with Raw Chicken

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In honor of National Poultry Day, (yes this is actually a day) we here at Crucial Vacuum are discussing all things fowl including how to thoroughly cleanup after handling raw chicken.

These cleaning tips will leave your kitchen bacteria free and help you avoid getting food poisoning from that dreaded bacteria known as salmonella.

Cleanliness

Most food-based illnesses could be avoided by simply washing your hands properly before and after handling food; this is especially true when it comes to raw chicken.

I’m not talking about a quick rinse under water that’s room temperature. I’m talking about a thorough rinse with hot soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Scrub your hands completely, the front and back, as well as your fingertips and wrists.

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Mar 5 2015

7 Sleeping Tips to Get Adjusted for Daylight Savings Time

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Who’s ready to lose an hour of sleep this weekend? I can tell you’re all so excited to have your sleeping routine thrown off and start this Monday morning off even grumpier than normal. As of this Sunday March 8th at 2 a.m. we’re Springing Forward, gaining a little bit of sunlight, but losing that essential hour of sleep we all so desperately need after a long weekend. Aside from getting an extra large coffee come Monday morning and begrudgingly strolling into work use these 7 sleeping tips to get adjusted for daylight savings time.

Slow and Steady People

Monday mornings are lame to begin with, but to make this coming Monday a bit more tolerable start going to bed 15 minutes early tonight and every night coming up to Sunday. Both your mood and sleeping pattern over the next few days will have you ready to Rock-and-roll come Monday and it won’t feel like you’ve lost an hour at all.

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Feb 17 2012

So Many Vacuum Filters… Where Should I Start?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it doesn’t matter how often you are vacuuming, or how often you are changing your vacuum’s bag. If your vacuum’s filter isn’t properly maintained, you simply are not doing enough to keep your air safe and your home clean! Your vacuum’s filter works to trap dirt, dust, and allergens to keep them out of your air. But if your filter is dirty or clogged, those particles are simply going to get tossed back into the air.

So, now that you know you simply must maintain your vacuum’s filter, what’s next? Shopping for vacuum filters can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of filters out there: Continue reading »

Jan 30 2012

More On Chemical Free Cleaning With Myst Reutlinger

 

Last week, chemical free cleaning guru, Mysti Reutlinger gave me the lowdown on the dangers of chemical cleaners.  As promised, here is part 2 of my interview with the author of “The Pantry Cleaner: Chemical Free Cleaning“. Check out the great tips, advice, and even one recipe she is sharing with Crucial Vacuum first!

CV: Ok, so if I were to start by throwing out one chemical cleaner today, what should it be and why? 

MR: Oh, this is a hard question!  

I would have to say any chemical that is in an aerosol can. With aerosol cans, not only do you add the chemicals found in the cleaner into the air, you are risking the sight of your loved ones in addition to potentially causing damage to other body systems such as the respiratory and circulatory.  

In a study conducted at Brown University and released in 2011, children’s eyesight is most at risk from aerosol sprays. Just using a canned spray cleaner in the vicintiy of children can cause disruption to their vision. The chemicals burn and scar the eyes.  

The eyes have no protection from chemicals! The chemicals that touch the eye are flushed directly into the blood stream. This is why your eyes will burn when you clean your home. 

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