Most households have converted to using the plastic cups factory bagless vacuum machine from the conventional bagged vacuum cleaner because they find checking the dirt bag every now and then inconvenient. While it is not that difficult a task, some find it a hassle to begin cleaning only to find out that the dirt bag is already full and they do not have an extra bag to replace it with.

On the other hand, bagless vacuum cleaners do not have disposable bags. They instead have hard plastic containers that contain the dirt. If it is full, all you have to do is open the compartment and pour the dust out into the trash can.

However, the filters in the plastic compartments of these bagless vacuum need to be cleaned every now and then. It's not easy cleaning either. Most models have filters that need to be washed, brushed and dried before you can use it again. If you ask me, buying a disposable dirt bag for the bagged vacuum machine is much less of a hassle than cleaning those dust-filled compartments.

In addition, bagless vacuum machines are also noisier than the bagged ones because of the machinery it operates on.


Many people claim that bagged cleaners are the cleaner option between the two. People need not be in contact with the dust itself because after vacuum cleaning, all you have to do is remove the bag and throw it away. Disposable dirt bags that were manufactured before were a lot thinner than the ones we have today. Before, smaller dust particles can easily escape from the dirt bags and back into your house. But nowadays, dirt bags are much thicker and firmer and can easily contain all dust particles.

So the bagged one is better?

I have to say that the bagged vacuum cleaner is better than the bagless cleaner. It wins on all aspects: convenience, cleanliness and operating costs. While the latter gains more popularity, you can't ignore the fact that our parents got it right.

My last article addressed some of the ways I put frozen water bottles to work. Well, some of you may be saying, "Is it safe to drink water from a previously frozen plastic bottle?" Well, the simple answer is "YES." Some of the publicity around water bottles revolves around the effects of water bottles that are left in the sun. The scare is that water bottles that are left in the heat can cause dioxins to be released from the plastic into the water. These dioxins have been shown to cause cancer. There are also suggestions that freezing a bottle can cause these dioxins to be released, but this is not true. The reality is that dioxins are almost insoluble in water, but are quite soluble in fats and organic solvents. In fact, the most common exposure source in humans is consumption of animal fats.

Most plastics that are used for food packaging, wrapping or bottling do not contain the chemical compounds that create dioxins. To add more myth to the matter, dioxins are compounds that require very high temperatures for them to be produced through combustion. Typically, temperatures over 700 degrees Fahrenheit are necessary for this chemical reaction to occur, not at room temperature, hot summer day temperature or freezing temperatures.

In fact, the FDA has made comments that they have not seen any evidence that plastic containers contain dioxins or know a reason why they would. So go ahead, and drink that Plastic Food Containers water that was previously frozen, because it's delicious!