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Can You Recycle Vacuum Cleaners

Can You Recycle Vacuum Cleaners?

When Walter Griffith brought to the limelight his Griffith’s Improved Vacuum Apparatus for removing dusts from carpets, it is not likely he considered that there will one day be a debate on whether this genius invention for removing dust will be particles littering the environment. Also known as hoovers, vacuum cleaners have for years since invention been the cleaning heartthrob of every home.

Perfect for cleaning rugs and carpets, without having to go through the rigors of squatting or bending to reach tricky corners, vacuum cleaners have made cleaning the house more of fun than a chore.


Due to the way they generally make life easier they are one of the most purchased household equipment, as far back as 2003 retailers sold about 1.9 million vacuum cleaners in the US alone. In this light, one question that should bother you is how these dirt cleaners end up after their performance declines? Do they get recycled into new equipment (given the different components they comprise and the different materials used to make these components.)? If not, are their components recyclable in separate parts? Are they biodegradable if they cannot be recycled?

These important questions are what we consider in this post. We know you are buzzing up to know the answer, we are also ready to give them to you. So, why don’t you stick around and let’s see piece by piece how these machines that have so far helped with dealing with dirt in our homes do not become dirt to the environment?

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Серый смартфон

Друзья решили подарить Оксане на день рождения смартфон Эйч-ти-си-уан. В среднем телефон продавался за 24 тысячи рублей, но если отсортировать предложения по цене, наверху появлялось предложение за 18 тысяч. Со словами «Не бойтесь, закон на нашей стороне» друзья скинулись и выкупили телефон.

Телефон оказался «серым»: при первом включении он загрузился с корейским языком, но больше никаких проблем с ним не было — до ближайшего большого обновления Андроида. После обновления телефон отказался связываться с серверами Гугла, а в терминах Андроида это означает, что, он не работал вообще. Ни контактов, ни программ, ничего. Обнуление прошивки, откат до предыдущих версий и остальные стандартные методы не помогли.

В чем разница и есть ли смысл переплачивать

Телефон решили ремонтировать. Официальный сервисный центр «Эйч-ти-си» определил по серийному номеру, что телефон не предназначен для России, поэтому обслуживать его не будут. Телефон будут ремонтировать по гарантии магазина, а не по гарантии производителя.

Ремонтом занималась ремонтная мастерская «Реноме» в Москве. Приняли телефон без вопросов. Спустя две недели диагностики Оксане сообщили, что нужно заменять системную плату. Далее пошла череда «завтраков» и «мы вам перезвоним», которая тянулась три месяца. На четвертый месяц, спустя две жалобы и одну досудебную претензию, мастерская отдала телефон с замененной платой. За это время Оксана успела купить новый сертифицированный телефон.

Сэкономили: 6 тысяч рублей

Потеряли: 4 месяца

Мораль: никогда не знаешь, на чём проколется серый смартфон.

Improved ventilation will move toxin-filled air out of living spaces and bring in higher quality, fresher outdoor air. Products such as the Trane FreshEffects™ work to bring clean air indoors, removing lingering, unpleasant odors and improving the air quality in you home.

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Certain plants and equipment can essentially scrub the toxins out of the air. Household plants can actually perform similar functions to some of the popular products Boer Brothers offers, like the Trane CleanEffects™ or Aprilaire filter media. You can learn more about our comprehensive air quality product offerings here.

Houseplants can be very effective indoor air cleaners, but some are especially good at targeting specific toxic chemicals. NASA’s indoor air quality study found that numerous houseplants are effective at removing chemicals like ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, all chemicals with severe heath impacts. Common air-filtering houseplants include the Boston Fern, English Ivy, Florist’s Chrysanthemum, Chinese Evergreen and Weeping Fig.

For sheer hardiness and longevity, you can’t beat the Snake Plant, otherwise known as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. In fact, our own Bryan Boer has kept one in his office for several years with little care needed, and it’s still as alive and robust as ever. The Snake Plant does a great job filtering out the chemical-like smell coming from the rubber mats in the workout space adjacent to our office.

If you’re interested in improving your indoor air quality, give Boer Brothers Heating & Cooling a call or contact us here. We have various solutions to help you breathe cleaner, fresher air in your home.

How to Prevent Bad Odors

Now that we have a clean vacuum, how can we give it a fresh smell?

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is an old but well-known remedy, popular for its cleaning properties (4) . This powdery substance will absorb any unpleasant smells.

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Through the hole of the dust bag, sprinkle a few teaspoons inside. If your device comes with a bin, simply sprinkle it over the walls of the bin.

2. Essential Oils

For extra benefit, we recommend adding essential oils. Lemongrass or thyme are known for being beneficial. They not only make your vacuum smell amazing, but they’re also great at fighting mold (5) .

Add about 30 drops of essential oils to a 32-ounce spray bottle. Fill it with water and a teaspoon of baking soda. Gently spray inside the bag or bin. We don’t want to dampen the area too much, so a few squirts will do and should dry quickly.

3. Cinnamon

If you’d like to use a spice from your kitchen, cinnamon might be a good idea. Place half of a tablespoon of powdered cinnamon inside the dust bag or bin.

Cinnamon is antibacterial and could reduce the growth of unwanted germs (6) . As a bonus, it will add a pleasant aroma to your vacuum.

4. Commercial Deodorants

Although commercial deodorants represent a larger investment than home remedies, many enjoy their efficiency. They release a nice fragrance when the air passes through.

They usually come in various scents so you can pick your favorite one.

One tablet, or tablespoon, per bag or bin, should be enough.

5. Regular Cleaning Maintenance

Whether you’re sprinkling baking soda or adding a commercial deodorant, cleaning your vacuum shouldn’t be optional.

Regular maintenance might be the most effective method to prevent unpleasant smells. Depending on how often you use your vacuum, we recommend cleaning it thoroughly every three to six months. If you own a pet, you might even want to clean it every other month.

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The Final Takeaway

Since we now have a better understanding of the (minimal) benefits and potential side effects of pore vacuums, making a sound decision on whether to add the device to your skincare routine may be a little easier. But if you're still headstrong on using a pore vacuum, Harvard MGH Cosmetic and Laser Fellow, Karen Kagha, MD, has a valuable tip before using the tool: "Use steam and [an exfoliating cleanser] beforehand to help loosen the debris," she explains. Proper skin prep may help prevent damage to the skin and ensure you see the best results from your new tool.

As our experts shared, a pore vacuum isn't a substitute for a simple, effective skincare routine. If you're thinking you can zap an active pimple with a vacuum, don't do it—spot treat it instead. When you're ready for a deep clean, leave it to the hands of your dermatologist.

What is the proper way to use a pore vacuum?

Watching a pore vacuum at work via YouTube is one thing—actually using one correctly is a totally different ballgame. Remember—misuse can lead to inflammation, light bruising, or even broken capillaries (and, obviously, no one wants that).

Zeichner suggests using pore vacuums on clean, dry skin, and running the device from the middle of your face outward in short, single strokes. “The key is constant motion,” he says, explaining that you don’t want to let the vacuum stay in one single area for an extended period of time. “Applying too much pressure in one area can cause trauma to the skin.”

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Additionally, here’s what to avoid when using a pore vacuum.

  • Overuse. According to Zeichner, you should start a vacuum once per week at first, as your skin begins to tolerate it, before progressing to twice or three times per week.
  • Retinoids. Retinoids can make your skin more sensitive and susceptible to trauma.
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