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7 Expert Tips for Getting Rid of That Smell Coming From Your Vacuum Cleaner

Make your vacuum cleaner smell brand new again.

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May 14, 2024 at 11:54 PM PST
Cleaning Vacuum Cleaning Tips

7 Expert Tips for Getting Rid of That Smell Coming From Your Vacuum Cleaner

Make your vacuum cleaner smell brand new again.

By
May 14, 2024 at 11:54 PM PST

Nobody likes a smelly vacuum cleaner. How ironic is it that a tool we use to clean our homes can be a source of unpleasant odors? Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent your vacuum from smelling bad. David Chapman, flooring expert and founder of the custom logo mat company Ultimate Mats, recently shared his top tips with Home & Texture to ensure that your vacuum leaves your home smelling fresh and clean.

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Empty the dustbin regularly.

Make it a habit to empty your vacuum’s dustbin or bag immediately after use. Allowing dirt to sit creates a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to foul odors.

Clean your vacuum thoroughly.

A washable dustbin should be cleaned with lukewarm water and dishwashing liquid to get rid of residual dirt and odors. If your dustbin isn’t washable, a damp cloth works as well. It’s important not to overlook other parts of the vacuum, such as filters, brushes, and attachments. For washable parts, a gentle rinse under lukewarm water works well. Make sure that the water isn’t too hot, as it can cause damage.

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Deodorize with baking soda.

As a natural deodorizer, baking soda is perfect for removing unwanted smells from your vacuum. Sprinkle a few tablespoons on the floor and vacuum it up or directly into the dustbin to neutralize odors effectively.

Freshen up with essential oils.

For a fragrant touch, add a few drops of essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, or lemon to cotton balls and place them in your vacuum. Always check your vacuum’s manual to ensure compatibility and patch test essential oils on your flooring to prevent damage.

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Utilize tumbler dryer sheets.

Insert a scented fabric conditioner sheet into your vacuum’s dust compartment to infuse your space with a fresh aroma each time you clean. Scent boosters are also effective in keeping your vacuum smelling great.

Avoid wet surfaces.

Ensure that your floors are dry before vacuuming to prevent the internal buildup of moisture, which can lead to mold and a musty smell. Always blot spills with a cloth or mop thoroughly before using your vacuum.

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Store it properly.

Storing your vacuum in a well-ventilated area is vital. Avoid confined, damp spaces like under-stair closets, which can contribute to mold and bacteria growth. Instead, opt for open areas such as near doorways or in garages to help extend the life and freshness of your vacuum cleaner.




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