Use Your Vacuum to Power-Clean!
    Spring is coming, and with it all the freshness of a new season and bright starts. What a great time to get rid of a whole winter's worth of built-up dust and grime. Of course, you'd rather be outside enjoying the fresh air and bright green... But with a thorough cleaning, you can bring all the fragrant crispness of springtime indoors. Realistically, where do you spend most of your time anyway? Wouldn't it be great to be able to enjoy spring inside and out?

    There's a lot to do, but with a solid checklist and some creative use of your vacuum, you can make the process easier and end up with a far cleaner home. You may even be able to diminish some of your family's seasonal allergies by making your indoor living environment a cleaner and dust-free one.

    Use our tips below to get the most out of your vacuum. Don't forget to put on some music to make the process slightly more enjoyable, wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, and have all your supplies ready before you begin, so you don't waste time mid-cleaning, running out to the store. Also, open the windows to let some spring air in and toxic cleaning fumes out. Consider investing in an air cleaner to really tackle impurities and keep the air in your home spring-fresh year-round.

    • The Obvious: Vacuum your carpets, vacuum your floors -- vacuum everything.

    • If cleaning wood floors, vacuum and then dust mop.

    • Steam clean floors and carpets with a vapor steam cleaner like the Ladybug to completely rid your home of mold, dust, mites and allergens without the use of harsh chemicals.

    • Dust and vacuum all corners and crevices. Dust falls downward, so remember to go from top to bottom.

    • Vacuum or wash your curtains.

    • Vacuum your baseboards, windowsills, heating vents, and tops of bookcases.

    • Vacuum under all beds and furniture -- don't forget to vacuum in the corners and along walls -- that's what all those cool attachments are for! Use the crevice tool to clean around wheels and legs, etc.

    • Vacuum and flip your mattress; using the upholstery tool, vacuum the top and sides of your mattress to remove dust, lint, mites, and allergens. Then, flip and rotate the mattress to even out wear. Vacuum your boxspring to top it all off.

    • Vacuum your lampshades.

    • Clean computer and electronic equipment. Using your handy attachments, clean the crevices and between keyboard keys; use a dusting brush attachment on speaker covers.

    • Vacuum out your stove vents and counter tops. Don't forget to clean your attachments after cleaning your vents, to avoid spreading the accumulated dirt to stainable surfaces.

    • Vacuum your bathrooms before cleaning them -- this will make it easier to remove dust and hair that sticks when wet.

    • When cleaning your refrigerator out, after removing all the drawers and removable trays, vacuum the refrigerator coils using the crevice tool attachment. Don't forget to wash the drawers and trays in soap and water before putting them back in.

    • Spot clean your upholstery using a protective chemical cleaner or a portable deep cleaner like the Bissell SpotBot.

    This March, all Hoover,EurekaKirbyDirt Devil, andRoyal vacuum cleaner bags are 10% off, for orders of $30 or more. Stock up now!

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    Ladybug Vapor Steam Cleaners - rid your home of dust, mold, and mites with chemical free steam cleaning!

    Space Saver Bags - protect all your winter clothes and blankets while tripling your storage space! Conquer clutter!

    Allersearch® Allergy Cleaning Supplies - excellent supplies for the allergy-sensitive. These products effectively reduce allergens like dust mites, pet dander, pollen and molds.

    Dust Tamer Deluxe D4200 Duster with HEPA Filtration - the world's first dusting appliance, makes dusting faster, easier and cleaner! No more brushing of allergy causing dust back and forth and into the air!

    Best Air Cleaner: IQAir HealthPro Air Purifier -- recommended for allergy sufferers who don't have any particular need for gas or odor control.
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    Best Upright: SEBO X4 Automatic EXTRA Upright -- powerful suction in a completely sealed system to prevent dust and allergens from being released back into the air.
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    Best Canister: Miele S514 Solaris Electro Plus Direct Connect Canister -- powerful and quiet; the new 1200 watttotally sealed motor has airflow of 140 cubic feet per minute, making it the most powerful household vacuum made today.
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    Best Bagless Vacuum:Dyson DC07 RootCyclone Animal Upright -- hygienic and quick to empty and it NEVER loses suction.
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    Best Carpet Shampooer:Koblenz P-820 Shampooer/Polisher with Tank-- quality twin-brush machine designed for home use.
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      Donate Your Clutter!

    While cleaning, you will inevitably find clothes, toys, books, knick-knacks furniture, and tons of other stuff that you no longer have a use for. Well, someone else could probably put them to good use! We've listed some worthwhile charities below for your donating convenience. Pleasecontact us if you know of any other charities that you'd like to see added to the list.

    The Salvation Army - Adult Rehabilitation Centers

    Goodwill - your donations will be sold; the profits will be used to fund job training and other career services that help people become successful at work.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters - donate clothing, furniture, office supplies or exercise equipment to help create successful mentoring relationships.

    HopeLine® - donate used cell phones to victims of domestic violence for use in emergencies.

    Dress for Success - Suits to Self-sufficiency - donate old suits to low-income women to encourage self-sufficiency through career development and employment.