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Recycling Event and Beyond

GoVacuum.com and Forever Green Recycling just held their first ever “Recycle and Save Event” this past Saturday, October 28th. The response from the community was overwhelming! With such a positive turnout, I’m sure this event will become an annual thing.

(might be a slight exaggeration of turnout for our recycling event)

It doesn’t stop at just one event. The fusion of teamwork from GoVacuum.com and Forever Green Recycling will be offering recycling services daily.

Just like the slogan, “only you can prevent forest fires,” well only YOU can prevent needless landfill consumption of broken, no longer wanted or needed vacuum cleaners.

The buzz of our recycling effort is gaining momentum within the online community as well. With Recyclescene.com, Earthtechling.com, and Earth911.com leading the charge in getting the message out and informing people that there are positive, worthwhile alternatives for the disposal of vacuum cleaners.

So if you are local within the DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia area – please feel free to drop by our Vacuums Unlimited (GoVacuum) headquarters which is located at 14500 Lee Road Chantilly, VA 20151.

If you are not local but still want to take advantage of this wonderful program, please visit Vac-Recycle.com. Upon visiting the site, we will walk you through step by step from what your vacuum is worth to having a tree being planted in an endangered rain forest in your honor and everything in between.

Your recycling efforts do not have to stop at just vacuums. Forever Green Recycling specializes in the recycling of unwanted or no longer needed electronics. Whether you are bogged down with old gyroscopes, silicon wafers, copper anodes, and oscilloscopes or more common items like radar and sonar equipment – Forever Green Recycling has your recycling needs covered.

For a complete list of electronics Forever Green Recycling accepts, click here.

Please remember that a little effort can make a huge impact. Use these avenues to make a difference now and many years into the future.

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Quality ZVac! No its not a German guy saying “the vac.”

GoVacuum.com is launching its own brand, ZVac!

These are not just your everyday vacuum bags and filters either!  GoVacuum has designed and engineered the ZVac products to be mostly biodegradable and recyclable, made with earth-friendly materials to have the least amount of negative impact on the environment.

ZVac Discount Vacuum Cleaner Filters

Now I know what you’re thinking,

“Is GoVacuum trying to single handedly stop global warming?”

That’s so kind of you by the way, but no.

We do want to do our part though to help reduce, not just other people’s carbon footprint with our Vac-Recycle.com program, but reduce our own footprint by creating our own brand of vacuum bags and filters.

We didn’t stop there!!

ZVac having a tree planted for every 500 filters and bags manufactured

For every 500 vacuum bags and filters manufactured, we had a tree planted in the endangered Atlantic Forest of Brazil, and will continue to do so.

[wait for applause to end]

I know this is impressive and most of you reading this are singing GoVacuum’s praises, but some might be saying, “biodegradable, earth-friendly, the quality must be crap.”

We assure you, far from it!  We painstakingly and rigorously ensured that each bag and filter is manufactured to the exact OEM specifications of quality, size, and installation.

HERE IS THE BEST PART OF ALL!!

The ZVac brand of high quality and earth friendly products are a fraction of OEM and other popular Generic Companies retail prices.

So let me break this down for you because I’m sure I’m reaching the 96 second (on average) attention span for blog reading, or in case you skipped to the end:

ZVac brand, high quality, perfect fitting, earth-friendly, bags and filters at cheaper prices than anyone else, period!

 

Have a question about ZVac filters? Email me at michaelodell@govacuum.com

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Vacuum info on the Go?!? How appropriate for a website called GoVacuum.com

GoVacuum.com has just introduced a new Android App, which you can access and download in the Google Play market.

We wanted to ensure that when you’re standing in line waiting for your sandwich to be made, why not open up the GoVacuum app and watch this video where I play Santa.

Or, if you’re like me and just had a baby, there is even a Govacuum “vacuuming white noise” video that you can play at that wonderful hour of 4am, your wife has mistakenly had pizza as her last meal (tomatoes don’t make babies happy), proceeded to breastfeed – and now you’re pulling out all stops to try to soothe that baby to sleep.  Our app will be your shrine if that happens!

The new GoVacuum.com Android App. allows access to huge savings!!!!

Just go under the coupon section to view the different coupon codes available to be used on our GoVacuum.com website.

After saving big on our GoVacuum.com website, and/or exploring our huge library of comparison videos, reviews, how to’s, and well, holiday videos; guess what?  You can be even more saturated with vacuum info and updates by viewing our tweets via the twitter tab or our Facebook deals via the more tab.

There is no end to how knowledgeable you will become about vacuums after downloading this FREE app from the Google Play Store on your phone or tablet.  It may even seem silly now but when that “piece of crap” vacuum you bought from your local box store dies on you after the 3rd time of you buying a new one, a rush of thankfulness will come over you, an inner peace if you will, knowing now you’re equipped with the knowledge and savings to choose the right vacuum the next time around.

This is my first blog post for GoVacuum.com, how did I do? Email me! Michaelodell@govacuum.com

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Bona Hardwood Floor Mop to the rescue!

I’m not the shyest person you have never met, I love to interact with people, its not all Hayden central vacuums, Miele Cat & Dog and Koblenz floor polishers with me! No Sir! I love the whole human element of not only life, but also of this home called GoVacuum.com.

I know 1st hand how annoying and hard it can be to get an actual human on the phone, not just with females, who for some reason always seem to be busy washing their hair when I try to call them, but in business. I like being able to pick up the phone and reach a company that wants my business, because if they are not there before the sale, they sure won’t be there after when I need service.

That’s why I have to post (with her permission) this email I received from a customer. Yes, it’s us bragging! We show no remorse or shame when it comes to touting our nearly 100% customer rating (perhaps this no shame thing is the reason so much shampoo is being used in my personal life?)! Nonetheless, here it is, a customer and her GoVacuum story…

I recently moved into a new apartment – my first with hardwood floors. Once the boxes were unpacked and it was beginning to feel like home, I was ready to make my floors shine for my housewarming party. I brought out my trusty vacuum cleaner, thinking that by using the hardwood floor setting it could get the job done. To my dismay, I was still left with a film of dirt and a few sticky areas from the previous tenants. What to do…?

Enter: GoVacuum.com! While I was Googling what to do, I came across your website. I read about the Bona hardwood floor mop! I’d used the Swiffer Wetjet in the past so I was familiar with the idea of a spray mop. I called your service center where Michael helped me. He was very polite and courteous, he explained how the mop is an Earth friendly product because the pads are washable, he told me the Bona mop is a step above comparable products. I read how your company is a very trusted one online with reviews and testimonials, plus you had the 60 day return policy with free shipping and it was only $59, so I placed an order with Michael.

I was pleased when I ordered the mop on Monday while out on my lunch break and how I had it the next evening. The first thing I noticed was the surface area of the mop head – it’s large enough that I can clean my floor in half the time that it would have taken with the Swiffer, but it’s still easy to maneuver and I REALLY like how it’s collapsible for upright storage. I’m also very pleased with the microfiber cleaning pad – it leaves my floors spotless without scratching them and can be machine washed up to 300 times! This makes Mother Earth and my wallet happy. Michael said, how Bona’s specially formulated hardwood floor cleaner is also the safer option to use at home, especially around children and pets, he must be right, because they party was great and no people or pets got sick, but they are still tearing up my new apartment and hardwood floors… what more could a active mom ask for?

GoVacuum.com, Michael and Bona are my new BFF’S! Thank you sooooooo much!

I’m always excited to receive an email, thus if you have a GoVacuum story, please email me justin@govacuum.com and you never know, it may just become my next blog post!

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SKOY: A new (earth-friendly) way to clean

When is the last time you used handfuls of paper towels to clean up a spill in the kitchen? Chances are you don’t have to think back too far. Or maybe you use a couple each evening to clean off counters and tabletops after dinner. Well, those paper towels fill up landfills fast – a whopping 2.5 million tons are used annually!

That’s where SKOY comes into the picture.  A reusable SKOY cloth is highly absorbent, 100% biodegradable, and has 101 uses! Just one cloth saves an average of 15 rolls of paper towels and can absorb up to 15 times its own weight. It’s long-lasting because it can be cleaned easily in the washing machine or dishwasher. To sterilize, just pop it in the microwave (while wet) for a minute or two!

Unlike typical microfiber cloths, SKOY is made from natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp. It’s thicker and dries more quickly, which also helps cut down on bacteria. And it’s available in great colors and designs to keep your kitchen bright. As it turns out, the Swedish word “skoj” (pronounced “skoy”) means “just for fun”!

SKOY cloths can be used in the home, office, car… anywhere! The endless possibilities include: counters, tabletops, sinks, ovens, glassware, high chairs, floors, car dashboards, toys, electronics, golf clubs, and patio furniture.

We have two California moms to thank for bringing these fun, earth-friendly cloths to the States. They stumbled across them while living in Europe in the late ‘90s and were hooked. Just one try and we think you will be too!

The SKOY motto says it all:

Wet. Wipe. Wow.

-K.H.

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Earlex RayCop Mattress Vacuum Cleaner

By Michele Kadison

I’ve been doing some research on dust mites after my cousin came down with serious allergies apparently due to a proliferation of microorganisms in her home.  We all have mites and pathogens nesting in our furnishings, actually, but often their effect is not that obvious.

The truth is that the average dust mite lives for 80 days and produces approximately 1,000 allergenic waste products that can cause asthma and other similar irritations.  Up to 2 million mites can live in our mattresses and other soft furnishings, feeding on our dead skin cells.  It is a frightening picture, isn’t it?

In addition to dust mites, soft furnishings attract all sorts of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens such as the influenza virus, E coli, Staphylococcus Aureus, and Candida.  Spraying with anti-bacterial products is not that effective for removing pathogens or dust mites, and even the highest end vacuum cleaner will not successfully get rid of them.

But… there is one solution and that is a brilliant new antibacterial vacuum that functions with a UV-C light, which is a germicidal light that damages the DNA of mites and pathogens at close range.  The unit comes with a vibrating pad that loosens dust mites from their territory, whereby they are then stricken by the UV-C ray and then sucked up by a vacuum that moves everything through an anti-allergenic filter.

The Earlex RayCop kills 99.9% of the microorganisms that live in our mattresses and other furnishings.  It comes with two settings:  one that vibrates and the other that does not, which is great for use on harder surfaces where it is not necessary for loosening mites and other debris from their homes.  The unit weighs only 5 lbs and has a sleek design, making it easy to hold and operate.

So, if you want to keep your home dust mite and bacteria free, do what I just did, and that is purchase yourself an essential tool that will keep you and your family microorganism free.

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Home Steam Cleaning: Cleaner, Safer, Wiser

By Michele Kadison
I am a newcomer to the idea of steam cleaning, and now that I’ve done some research, it seems like this is the best way to go…. not just in terms of cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing the house , but also in terms of helping maintain the health of our families and the environment.

Steam cleaning involves vaporized water that is heated to over 200 degrees F and applied to surfaces via appropriate attachments.  The steam heat weakens the bonds between the surfaces and the dirt or stains that linger there.  Because all hard surfaces are in reality porous, the steam is able to dislodge embedded elements, killing microorganisms and sanitizing the area naturally.  With the heat creating an almost moisture-free cleaning agent, any type of surface can be wiped, rubbed, or scrubbed as needed, depending on the attachment tool you use.

Looking a lot like a conventional vacuum cleaner, a home steam cleaner is lightweight and easy to maneuver.  Units come in canister, upright, or hand-held models and include a wide range of attachment tools that make cleaning almost any surface a breeze.  You can use a steam cleaner on large surface areas such as tile floors and countertops, as well as on carpeting, upholstery, window screens, mirrors, car interiors, baked-on grills, toys, and everything in between, including removing dry cleaning solvent from clothing.  Steam cleaners are also highly effective in getting rid of animal smells, with no toxic substances that could potentially harm your pets.

Because the only ingredient used in a steam cleaner is water, you are able to do a complete cleaning without a single chemical.  Allergy free, this natural sanitizer banishes toxic residue, with nothing else but water washing down your drain into the communal water supply.

With better results than any other form of cleansing, steam cleaning your home eliminates bacteria, mildew, mold, viruses, toxins, and any other element that can cause infections, irritations, or allergies.  Allergens such as mites, pollen, and other microscopic pests are immediately killed once the surfaces on which they lodge are hit with steam heat.  This is the same for pathogens like E. Coli and salmonella, making a steam heat unit especially effective on kitchen surfaces.

I’ve looked at two steam heat cleaners, which are excellent choices once you decide to change your cleaning habits.

The Environmate Steam Cleaner T730A comes with a refillable built-in water tank with a light indicator to alert you when the water level is low.  This unit is great for tough chores and is made with a 1450 W heating system inside a stainless steel tank.  Included is an eleven-piece accessory kit, which means you have enough tools to clean the whole house.  The unit comes with a power switch on the handle, a pressure gauge for regulating power, and an automatic shut-off system for when the water level is too low for efficient cleaning.

The Lady Bug T2200S has a continuous water refill system and professional-grade cleaning tools.  This unit is made with an EPA-certified TANCS system, (Thermal Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation) that helps improve air quality as it removes chemical residues from the environment.  The system functions by heating nano-crystals in tap water, whereby they are activated to blast the cell membranes of microorganisms when initiated by heat.  This fast-acting disinfection is, according to Nelson Labs of Utah, ” thousands of times better than any directly applied water disinfecting system using chemicals.”

Though the initial investment when buying a home steam cleaning unit may be high, it evens out in the long run, and then some.  You won’t ever have to spend money on cleaning supplies again, which includes buckets, rubber gloves, disinfectants, polishers, glass cleaners, oven sprays, and the like.

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Not Just for Eating

By Michele Kadison

Salt

Salt has been a part of our history since the beginning of civilization.  From sharing bread and salt to being an inherent part of economy and trade, salt has played a role in our lives through time, besides helping to bring out the flavor in our foods.

There are actually over 14,000 chronicled uses for salt, a fraction of which I will list here.  From cleaning surfaces to removing stains, from dousing fires to melting snow and ice, salt makes an excellent alternative to chemical solutions.

Salt and White Vinegar

Make a paste with salt and white vinegar to restore the whiteness in enamel.  Pour this solution down drains to remove odors and grease.

Use this paste to clean tarnished copper and brass.

Rub your fingers with the paste to get rid of onion smell after slicing.

Salt and Salad Oil

Make a paste to remove the white marks made by wet mug and glass stains on wooden tables.

Salt and Soda Water

Make a solution to clean the inside your refrigerator without scratching the enamel surface.

Salt and Lemon Juice

Moistening mildew and rust stains with this mixture will help to remove them.  Put in the sun to bleach and then rinse and dry to see the difference.

Just Plain Salt

  • If you want to keep ants and moths away, sprinkle salt in areas where they usually congregate.
  • Fill your coffee pot with water and salt.  Boil the solution and you will have cleaned the inside of the pot.
  • Rub tarnished silverware with salt before washing to remove the stains.
  • Place salt in a greasy pan and then wipe with paper to remove the residue before washing.
  • Throw salt on a grease fire to smother the flames.
  • Rub salt into your coffee or tea stains in mugs and cups and then wash to clean.
  • Remove sticky spots on your stove burner by sprinkling them with salt while they are still hot.  When they cool, remove the salty areas with a brush and stickiness will be gone.
  • Soak sponges in cold salt water after you have washed them to give them a renewed life.
  • Blot wine stains dry and cover them with salt, which will absorb the wine.  Rinse with cold water, then scrape the salt off.
  • Remove sweat stains by adding 4 tablespoons of salt to a quart of hot water and sponge the fabric until the stains disappear.
  • Soak blood-stained clothing in saltwater.  Launder in warm soapy water and then boil the fabric after it has been washed.  (Only for natural fibers).
  • Clean the inside of fish tanks with plain (not iodized) salt to remove the hard water deposits.  Rinse well afterwards before returning your fish to their home.
  • Clean hard water stains from the inside of vases by filling with salt water and scrubbing or shaking.
  • Launder washable curtains and rugs in salt water to brighten up their colors.
  • Put a dash of salt in your laundry starch to keep your iron from sticking and to give your clothing a fresh finish.
  • Sprinkle salt on a piece of paper and then iron the paper to remove sticky areas from your iron.
  • Dip a damp cloth in salt and then run over your wooden cutting boards to keep them clean.
  • Throw extra salt in a washing machine that is too sudsy.
  • Clean wicker furniture with a solution of salt water and a brush.
  • Sprinkle the inside of your shoes with salt to remove moisture and odors.

Keeping Off the Ice and Snow

  • Rub the inside of your windows with a sponge dipped in salt water to keep the glass from frosting up.
  • Rub your vehicle’s windshield with a damp cloth bag containing salt to keep ice and snow from collecting
  • Throw rock salt on your walkways and driveways to keep them clear of ice and snow.

Eucalyptus Oil

There are over 600 species of Eucalyptus or Gum trees in existence.  The oil is steam distilled from the leaves of certain species and has a multitude of uses due to its fragrant scent and its disinfecting and pest deterring qualities.  Here are some ideas for using Eucalyptus oil in your home instead of toxic solutions.

  •  Add several drops to water and liquid soap.  Shake and apply to surfaces in order to clean and disinfect them.
  • Dilute a few drops with water to remove fingerprints from surfaces
  • Place a few drops on a cloth to remove sticker and decal residue from glass
  • Add an ounce of oil to a liter of water and use to disinfect your toilets
  • Place a few drops on a mop to scent and disinfect tile and linoleum floors.
  • Add 25 drops of oil to a solution of 1/4 cup of white vinegar and two gallons of water to disinfect and remove dirt from wooden floors.  Rinse your mop each time in fresh water before dipping into the solution again.
  • Add a few teaspoons of oil to your laundry to remove microbes and create a beautiful fresh scent for your clothing.
  • Gently apply a few drops of oil to remove grease, ink, or paint from clothing.
  • Add a few drops of oil to your old hanging fresheners to revive them
  • In a spray bottle, place a half teaspoon of oil in a half liter of water and use as a bug repellant for your plants.
  • Saturate a cloth with a few drops of oil to clean stainless steel.
  • To freshen rooms, place about 15 to 20 drops of oil in a spray bottle.  Mix with a half-teaspoon of vodka and two cups of water.

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Commercial and Domestic Vacuuming

By Michele Kadison

 One of the top vacuum cleaners that does the job in both professional and domestic settings is the Lindhaus HealthCare Pro Hepa upright model.  Versitile and lightweight, it cleans both carpeting and hard wood areas, with a low noise level.

The Lindhaus HealthCare Pro allows you to choose between either a HEPA filter or an active carbon cartridge, depending on your needs.  With a HEPA filter, you are able to remove particles at up to 99.97% efficiency, which is great during allergy season or after you’ve done your dusting and want to eliminate excess floating particles.  Using a carbon active cartridge allows you to remove odors and gasses that may be lingering in the immediate environment.  Because of the vacuums advanced exhaust technology, all carbon dust emitted from the exaust system is purified as it comes out of the motorized brushes, eliminating further contamination of your surroundings.  Containing an electrostatic micro-filter, which is used in hospitals to ensure that the air is biologically sound, the HealthCare Pro is ideal for maintaining optimum health requirements.

This Lindhaus vacuum cleaner comes with two motors, a 12 or 14″ power head base, standard on-board tools, an automatic shut-off feature, and the ability to adjust the machine to a comfortable working height.

 

 

 

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My Latest Cleaning Revelation

By Michele Kadison


Where have I been?  I have had pets all my life and it has been a constant struggle between my love for them and my antipathy towards the fur and dander they leave behind.  Vacuuming, dusting, and mopping becomes a constant with a dog and several cats in the house, as all of you pet lovers know.  Pillows scoured with lint rollers that barely do the job, carpets that need going over and over to remove imbedded hairs, it’s a never-ending cycle.

Only recently did I find the miracle sponge known as the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter.  This is a dry sponge that needs no water or chemicals in order to work like a dream.  With this sponge, you don’t need to vacuum or dry clean to remove pet hair and dander.  Just wipe any surface and all the debris rolls up into a ball that is easy to pick off and toss into the trash.  There is no trace of residue and you can use the sponge on any type of surface, including clothing, bedding, drapers, upholstery, lampshades, carpets, wallpaper, and wood.  It’s also great for cleaning regular dirt and dust, as well as pollen.  I’ve been cleaning my window screens, Venetian blinds, and the inside of my car with it and getting amazing results.  You can even use it on lights, ceiling vents, baseboards, acoustical tiles, as well as for cleaning your computer screen.

Once the Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter gets dirty, all you have to do is wash it with soap and water, let it dry, and its ready for reuse.  Because it is made of all natural materials, it’s toxin-free and environmentally safe.  So if you have pets, whether they be dogs, cats, horses, or lions, take my advice and get yourself this magical sponge, which takes the headache and backache out of keeping your surroundings clean.

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