Start the School Year with a Cleaner, "Greener" Slate

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Cleaning often falls to the bottom of college students' to-do lists, but some simple tools can help them keep their dorm rooms clean. The Eureka envirovac, an environmentally-friendly upright designed to help consumers decrease their impact on the earth without sacrificing a clean home, is a great choice for college students because of its manageable size and budget-conscious cost of $72.22.

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The good news is that routine cleaning doesn't have to be overwhelming. Parents can make sure that students who live away from home have the right tools on hand to make the task quick and easy, which can keep them healthy and ready to study for the next big exam.

The beginning of a new school year can be a stressful time for college students and their parents. From finding the perfect tech accessories to the newest fall fashions - and, not to mention, books and supplies for classes - preparing for the back-to-school season is a large assignment. It's not surprising that cleaning often falls to the bottom of college students' to-do lists, especially without Mom around to help out.

"College students often live in cramped quarters, which are a breeding ground for germs," says Jackie Cooper, director of marketing and communications for Eureka. "The good news is that routine cleaning doesn't have to be overwhelming. Parents can make sure that students who live away from home have the right tools on hand to make the task quick and easy, which can keep them healthy and ready to study for the next big exam."

Cooper suggests that parents pack the following checklist of essential cleaning gear with the alarm clock and shower caddy so students can easily keep their dorm rooms spick and span and ready for visitors:

Cleaner and "greener": The Eureka envirovac is an environmentally-friendlier upright vacuum designed to help consumers decrease their impact on the environment without sacrificing a clean home. It features an 8-amp motor, which provides powerful cleaning results while using 33 percent less energy than the standard 12-amp motor, and its compact size makes it a manageable vacuum for cramped dorm rooms and small apartments. And at only $72.22, envirovac is a great deal for cash-strapped students who want to incorporate eco-awareness into their daily lives.

"College students have always been budget-conscious, and have grown increasingly eco-conscious too," says Cooper. "Less energy is required to run envirovac, so fewer harmful emissions are created, and its washable hypoallergenic filter can be reused multiple times for a more environmentally-friendly option that also is easy to maintain."

Baby wipes: Even though your baby's all grown up, baby wipes still can serve a purpose. Sanitary and convenient, they can be used for anything from removing stains from clothes or furniture to dusting televisions, stereos and other appliances around the room. "Natural" baby wipes, like Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes, contain natural cleansing and moisturizing components like aloe vera, vitamin E and water. Crafty college students who want to save some "green" can make their own solution by mixing two tablespoons natural baby wash, two tablespoons olive oil, two drops tea tree oil and two cups water. Keep the solution in an inexpensive spray bottle and spray onto a warm, wet cloth or paper towel.

Baking soda: While leftover pizza makes a great snack, if left too long it can lend an unsavory scent to a small dorm room. Baking soda offers many cleaning purposes. For example, it can fight odors if put in the fridge, and can be used to clean surfaces when sprinkled on a damp cloth. Simply wipe and then rinse with clean water. Also, for students in apartments or dorm rooms with personal sinks, pouring one quarter cup down the drain weekly and rinsing with hot water can help to avoid clogging.

About envirovac
Available in black with sea foam green accents, the envirovac is one more way the design team at Eureka supports "greener" living. And because Eureka's commitment to creating an eco-friendlier vacuum goes beyond the unit itself, envirovac is packaged in 100 percent recycled, unbleached cardboard to further reduce its impact on the earth.

Baby wipes and baking soda can be found at most local grocery, drug and discount stores. The Eureka envirovac is sold exclusively at Walmart stores and on http://www.walmart.com.

More information about envirovac can be found on http://www.vacuumgreen.com.

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