1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

January 18, 2008

:018 Micro-fiber Cloths

Filed under: :018 Micro-fiber Cloth — Tags: , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

Suggested Review – none

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

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1:5:10:018 Tip: Microfiber cleaning cloths are a great way to clean up fine dust particles. The design of the fiber picks up and holds dust until the cloth is washed. I am amazed that they haven’t caught on better than they have. If you have trouble finding them, you may have to look in the automotive care section, but they can be used to clean just about any hard surface. Once they are dirty then can be washed out and reused. Never wash them with fabric softener, or a chlorine bleach, and it seems better to use a liquid laundry detergent and not a powder.

That’s my 1:5:10:365 tip for today. Tomorrow we will be using the electricity monitoring meter I encouraged you to purchase in tip :005 to track those hidden energy wasters. Following through with tomorrow’s tip can save a ton of energy and money on your monthly bill.

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Additional Information

I have found the microfiber cleaning cloths at Costco for about $10 for a pack of 20 in the automotive section. I am also hearing good things about the Scotch Brite – microfiber cleaning cloths.

If you know of other sources or have further tips for their use – post a comment.

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January 17, 2008

:017 How to Vacuum

Filed under: :017 How to Vacuum — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

Suggested Review – :015, :016 Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

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1:5:10:017 Tip: The way you vacuum is just as important as the type of vacuum cleaner you use. If you are like most people, you will vacuum a carpet the same way every time. Instead try vacuuming from a different direction each time you vacuum. This will help prevent a build up of soil and make your carpet last longer and be healthier.

Tomorrow I will discuss a great way to clean hard surfaces.

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January 16, 2008

:016 HEPA Vacuums

Filed under: :016 HEPA Vacuum — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

Suggested Review – :015

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet. 

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1:5:10:016 Tip: Today’s tip deals with the best way to keep airborne particle counts low. Many people think it is by using a room air purifier, but using a HEPA vacuum cleaner when you clean, will help remove particles from surfaces before they can be reintroduced up into the air. This is especially important when vacuuming soft, upholstered surfaces and carpeting. A wide variety of vacuum cleaners are now being marketed to consumers with HEPA filters, but for a HEPA vacuum to truly be effective the filter must be sealed in place so all the air from the vacuum cleaner must pass through the filter before being exhausted into the air. HEPA canister vacuums generally perform better than upright models which tend to leak more particles back into the air. Many indoor environmental consulting firms have particle counters that can be used to check your vacuum cleaners particle removal efficiency.

Tomorrow I will talk about a way to change the way you vacuum carpet that won’t take any more time, but will pick up more dirt. 

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Additional Information

National Geographic’s Green Guide has a good review of vacuum cleaners at http://thegreenguide.com/reports/product.mhtml?id=20&sec=2

Also check out this Consumers Report and video at: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/laundry-and-cleaning/vacuum-cleaners/vacuum-cleaners-10-06/overview/1006_vacuums_ov.htm

I’m partial to the Nilfisk vacuum shown above.

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January 15, 2008

:015 Vacuum Cleaner Bags

Filed under: :015 Vaccum Bags — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

Suggested Review – none

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet. For the next several days my tips will involve vacuum cleaners.

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1:5:10:015 Tip: Micro-filter bags are a better choice than standard vacuum cleaner bags because they are able to help filter out smaller particles. Traditional standard vacuum cleaners may do a good job of sucking up dirt, but the really tiny particles (like mold spores) go right through the bag material and are exhausted back into the air. Micro-filter bags are becoming available for most standard vacuum cleaners. They aren’t perfect, but they will reduce the number of small particles that escape back into the room air.

Tomorrow I will talk about an even more efficient way to get the small particles – HEPA vacuum cleaners.

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Additional Information

Most stores selling regular vacuum cleaner bags now offer micro-filter bags. This is the best option until you are ready to upgrade to a True-HEPA vacuum cleaner. 

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January 14, 2008

:014 Go Shoeless

Suggested Review – none

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

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Frontgate stackable shoe racks

1:5:10:014 Tip: Leaving your shoes at the door is a common practice in many parts of the world. It is a good way to help reduce the amount of dirt and debris tracked into your home.

If you don’t like the feel of “no shoes”, then consider keeping a pair of “house shoes” or slippers at the door to slip on when the street shoes come off.

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Additional Information

Jeri Dansky is a professional organizer. She has a blog called “Jeri’s Organizing & Decluttering News”. Her October 17, 2007 post has some great tips for organizing your shoes at the door.

http://jdorganizer.blogspot.com/2007/10/leaving-your-shoes-at-door.html.   

It’s worth a look.

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