So tell me, how often do you vacuum?
I am quite content with my Dyson DC24 vacuum. But while I love that it's fit for all floor types, it doesn't lose suction, and it's easy to move around, if I were shopping for another vacuum, I'd really only have one priority: power. A powerful motor makes for a powerful vacuum. So when you're shopping for your next cleaner, remember that its strength is in direct proportion to how much dirt it will lift as you pass it across your carpet. Pick the one with the highest strength!
A 12-amp motor is fairly standard, and anything less than that won't be very productive. Meanwhile, a vacuum with more than 12 amps will send more power from the outlet to your motor.
After you've found a few selections with a good strength, suction power (mine is 220 AW) will be next important, and then you'll want to narrow down other needs like floor types and size.
Wool rugs are beautiful and natural, so they're a wonderful addition to your home. But since wool comes from an animal that sheds itself, rug shedding is inevitable. But it's also not a major battle if you learn a few tricks to deal with the shedding.
- First of all, you should put your rug in a low-traffic area. People treading on it causes friction, which in turn causes it to shed its fibers. So a wool rug is better placed under a dining table than as a runner in a busy hallway or in a living room where you spend most of your time. To learn some other tricks to deal with shedding, read more
If your house is smelling a little stale due to dry Winter air, try this tip. To make your whole house smell amazing, sprinkle dried lavender on your carpet before vacuuming. When you vacuum your carpets, the lavender scent will spread throughout your entire home. This is an especially good tip for anyone who lives with pets, since the lavender scent counteracts any dog- or cat-related smells in the house.
If you're anything like me, no matter how awesome your vacuum is, it frustrates you to have to repeatedly unplug and replug your vacuum as you clean your whole house. Even if you live in a small studio (trust me, I have), you're bound to have to do so at least once to reach every nook and cranny. The answer to this is to attach a long extension cord (at very least 20 feet) to your vacuum, and plug it in whichever room sits in the center of your house. You may need to replug if your house has more than one floor. But regardless, this will speed up your cleaning time significantly. Just remember to wrap the cord in a neat coil when you finish, otherwise you'll have to deal with untangling it — and that's certainly not a time-saver.
If you are like me, the motivation to dust comes only with a looming parental visit. Well, motivation might just have arrived. The BBC reported recently on new findings about exercise and the prevention of breast cancer. It seems the one activity that reduced both pre- and post-menopausal women's risk for the disease was housework. It cut the risk by a significant 20 to 30 percent.
Researchers concluded that...
... their results suggested that moderate forms of physical activity, such as housework, may be more important than less frequent but more intense recreational physical activity in reducing breast cancer risk.
Since I believe in making all movement count, I shall dust and vacuum now with vigor.
Holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends, to share laughter and memories, and to eat a ton of delicious decadent foods.
Here are 5 easy ways to burn 100 calories around this time of year:
- Vacuum your entire house before your guests arrive for 25 minutes.
- Clean vigorously around the house for thirty minutes - scrubbing the shower, washing the windows and floors, and sweeping the stairs.
- Iron your family's fancy party clothes so they look pressed and neat for 25 minutes.
- Crank up the holiday tunes and dance with your family and friends for 20 minutes.
- Take your dog, or just yourself for a brisk 15 minute walk.
You've got to do all of this stuff anyway, right? Now you know it's burning calories too.