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Crescent Moon Bedding Review

Posted by John on September 7th, 2008

Crescent Moon specializes in the manufacture of bedding from alpaca wool. Alpaca wool, compared to sheep wool, is lighter, warmer, cleaner, and stronger. Because alpaca wool is naturally porous, it absorbs more moisture than sheep wool, thus creating a drier environment that discourages the growth of allergens.

Furthermore, the alpacas are raised in totally organic environments – free of pesticides and chemicals. The wool is also free of chemicals like dyes and bleaches. This means the bedding is healthier for you and the environment.

Let’s quickly review the Crescent Moon bedding line:

crescent moon pillow coversCrescent Moon Pillow CoversNEW! These protective pillow covers zip up to block dust mites from invading your pillow; more important, they block allergenic dust mite feces from escaping into the air. If you suffer from dust allergies, a simple pillow cover could eliminate your symptoms. Read more about Crescent Moon bedding

Airgle Air Purifier Review

Posted by John on August 31st, 2008

Airgle air purifiersI’ve been testing air purifiers for several years now, and most new brands are unimpressive. Airgle air purifiers, on the other hand, stand out as effective machines with novel features.

The most impressive fact about the Airgle 750 air purifier is that it received the highest possible Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) ratings from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). It works much better than most air purifiers because it has a 12-stage filtration process, including 4 pre-filters, 2 antimicrobial filters, 4 HEPA filters, and 2 activated carbon filters.

Don’t worry, though; you won’t have to replace all of those filters! Only the HEPA and carbon filters need to be replaced (about once a year). The other filters are washable. Read more about Airgle air purifiers

Bissell Steam Mop Review

Posted by John on August 27th, 2008

If there’s one cleaning chore that I dislike more than vacuuming, it has to be mopping – at least in the conventional sense of the verb. Traditional mopping involves filling up a bucket with water and spreading chemicals across the floor with a germ-infested mop that you have to wring out with your hands. Yuck!

Bissell Steam MopsNow there’s a much more pleasant alternative to traditional mopping: the Bissell Steam Mop. This chemical-free cleaning machine works well on smooth floor surfaces like marble, ceramic, stone, vinyl, laminated, linoleum, and sealed hardwood floors.

Simply fill up the steam mop’s tank with regular tap water, and you’re ready to go. No bucket. No chemical cleaners. The Bissell mop heats up the water in just 30 seconds to produce a steam vapor that’s around 240 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to kill bacteria, mold, dust mites, viruses, and other germs on contact. Read more about Bissell steam mops

Deep Carpet Cleaning for a Healthy Indoor Environment

Posted by John on August 23rd, 2008

Bissell deep cleanerI’ve always recommended against the use of carpet cleaning with hot water extractors (also known as steam cleaners or carpet shampooers) because most of them leave the carpet damp, setting the stage for mold growth. They can also leave a sticky film on the carpet that just attracts more dirt.

Then I saw the Bissell ProHeat CleanShot deep cleaner. This system works much better than any steam cleaner that you can buy or rent. And, for about the same price as renting one, you can have your own to use whenever you want. (If you have light-colored carpets like I do, a deep cleaner will come in handy quite often!) Read more about Bissell deep carpet cleaners

Sebo X4 Vacuum Review

Posted by John on August 5th, 2008

Sebo X4 vacuum cleanerI’ll admit it: As an allergy sufferer, I don’t vacuum as well as I should. When it comes to vacuuming, I like to get it over with as soon as possible. That’s what I enjoyed most about testing out the Sebo X4 vacuum: I was able to get my floors extremely clean with minimal effort. This upright vac is a powerhouse with an S-class filtration system (the British equivalent of HEPA). I knew that the carpet was clean without having to go over the same spot twice.

I prefer upright vacuums, and I can tell you that few upright vacuums match the cleaning power of the Sebo upright. The Sebo X4 contains two fans for twice the suction power. (Be warned: don’t get this vacuum near a frayed rug because it’ll suck the edges right up!) Read more about Sebo X4 vacuums

Royal Pedic Latex Mattress Review

Posted by John on August 3rd, 2008

Royal Pedic Latex MattressFirst, a quick trivia question: What do the following celebrities have in common?

Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Wilt Chamberlain

Answer: They all demanded Royal Pedic mattresses. (JFK actually insisted on a Royal Pedic mattress wherever he went!) Read more about Royal Pedic mattresses

Kumi Kookoon Bedding Review

Posted by John on August 2nd, 2008

Kumi Kookoon Bedding If you’ve never slept on genuine silk bedding, you don’t know what you’re missing! Kumi Kookoon bedding is made from the highest quality charmeuse silk, which drapes you in silky smooth comfort.

My favorite thing about silk sheets is the way they feel. I tend to get hot when I’m sleeping, but Kumi Kookoon bedding doesn’t trap body heat. It’s very light against the skin, and it wicks moisture away from the body. Read more about Kumi Kookoon silk bedding

Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier Review

Posted by John on July 25th, 2008

Santa Fe Compact DehumidifierDon’t let its size fool you; this 65-pint capacity dehumidifier may not be much bigger than a breadbox, but it’s twice as powerful as the 65-pint dehumidifiers at your local hardware store – and it’s more energy efficient.

The Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier is made to fit in small places – crawlspaces, basements, closets, and even between floor joists. You can suspend it from above with the optional hang kit; make it a truly portable dehumidifier with the caster kit; or hide it inside a utility closet with the ducting kit. Read more about Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifiers

AirFree Air Sterilizer Review

Posted by John on July 23rd, 2008

Several studies have suggested that, in a typical home, the kitchen is by far the dirtiest room. This makes sense if you think about it; the kitchen is where you store and prepare food, which is a vast source of biological contamination. (Just think about all of the salmonella warnings for various vegetables in the past year!)

Of course, we all try to keep the kitchen clean, but even the act of cleaning often just creates more germs. Sponges, for instance, are notorious for being bacterial breeding grounds. Simply washing a sponge doesn’t destroy all the bacteria. The best way to sterilize a sponge is to wet it and then place it in the microwave for a minute or two. The heat from the microwave is sure to fry all living microorganisms. (Note: If you try this, be sure to wet the sponge first, and let it cool down before removing it.)

AirFree Air Sterilizers The AirFree Air Sterilizer also uses heat to destroy microorganisms – and the best thing about this air purifier is that you can literally “plug it in and forget about it.” There’s absolutely no maintenance involved – no moving parts, no filters, no bulbs, nothing to clean, nothing to replace. Read more about AirFree air sterilizers

Electrolux Pronto Vacuum Review: 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum

Posted by John on July 22nd, 2008

Electrolux Pronto bagless vacuumI tried the new Electrolux Pronto stick vacuum a few weeks ago. Although I loved the entire design concept of the 2 in 1 vacuum and its actual performance, I must admit that it’s not the right vacuum for my home – but it may be the perfect vacuum for you!

The Pronto vacuum is ideal for apartments, lofts, and small houses with mostly hard floors. While it works well on low-pile carpets, it is not made for use on high-pile carpets. (I have high-pile carpet and two pet cats, which is why I need a larger vacuum made for carpet cleaning.) Read more about Electrolux Pronto 2 in 1 vacuums

Halo Vacuum Review: UV Germ-Killing Power

Posted by John on July 16th, 2008

Halo UV vacuum cleanerI recently had the opportunity to “test-drive” a Halo UV vacuum cleaner, and I was very impressed by its design, handling, and germ-killing ability. Halo UV vacuums feature a UV-C light bulb that kills viruses, bacteria, dust mite eggs, flea eggs, mold spores, and other germs. UV-C light bulbs have been used to kill germs in water treatment plants and hospitals for many years, and more recently, some supermarkets have started using them to sterilize shopping carts. Read more about Halo Vacuums