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How Does a Vacuum Work?
How to Make Your Vacuum Cleaner Smell Good
Why do Vacuum Cleaners Smell?
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Cleaning Your Dyson HEPA Filter
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Emptying a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner
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How to Stop Hose Collapse in a Vacuum
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How to Use Kirby Vacuum Carpet Shampooer
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Buying a Vacuum Cleaner

How to Buy a Vacuum Cleaner
The Best Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Lovers
What is the Best Cordless Vacuum?
What is the Best Upright Bagless Vacuum?
What is the Best Vacuum for Wood Floors?
What is the Best Carpet Cleaner?
What is the Best Central Vacuum System?
What is the Best Shop Vac?
The Best Vacuum Cleaner for Allergy Sufferers
Should You Get a Bagless Vacuum Cleaner?
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How to Make Your Vacuum Cleaner Smell Good

A vacuum cleaner is an indispensable tool for cleaning carpet. If the vacuum cleaner gives off a nasty smell, vacuuming becomes an exercise in frustration. Who wants to swap a dirty carpet for a stinky house? Luckily, there are many ways to make a vacuum cleaner smell good. If the vacuum cleaner smells bad or gives off an unpleasant odor when in use:

  • Change the vacuum cleaner bag. They do accumulate odors, and it’s okay to change the bag before it’s full.
  • Clean the exterior bag. They hold odors, too. Most exterior vacuum cleaner bags can be machine washed and line dried.
  • Take the vacuum apart according to the manufacturer’s instructions and check for objects caught in the system, especially in the intake area. Pet hair clogging the intake is notorious for causing unpleasant odors.
  • If the vacuum cleaner is giving off a smell of hot rubber, check the placement of the belts.Misaligned vacuum cleaner belts get too hot during use and smells terrible. You may need to have the belts replaced if they are frayed or worn out. 
  • If the vacuum just has a hot smell, have the plug and the electric cord checked by a qualified technician. This is a safety concern.
  • If there is a smell of mold or mildew, take the vacuum cleaner apart, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Wash and rinse the hose and the filters thoroughly. If the smell is really strong, let the filters soak a few hours in a solution that neutralizes odors. A vinegar solution is good, and so is a baking soda solution. Don’t use vinegar and baking soda together, though, or it will foam all over the place. It’s also possible to remove odor from a vacuum canister this way. Vacuuming over a damp spot draws moisture into the machine, making a welcoming environment for molds. Be sure everything is completely dry before reassembling the vacuum, or mold will start to grow all over again.

To Freshen the Smell of the Vacuum

  • Sprinkle borax on the floor and vacuum it up. Baking soda or aerated charcoal are good, too. This helps reduce odors through the entire vacuum system.  It works with bagless vacuum cleaners, too.  Don’t use aerated charcoal on white carpets, though.

To Add Pleasant Odors to the Vacuum Cleaner

  • Sprinkle a little vanilla extract or orange extract on cotton balls or pieces of paper towel, and vacuum them up. The scent will be renewed every time the vacuum is used. Don’t use perfume or even essential oils, because some people are allergic to those scents.
  • Sprinkle something with a pleasant scent on the floor, and vacuum it up. Cinnamon and/or allspice is a popular choice, and so is coffee grounds. Don’t use a dark colored substance on white or pale carpets, as they may stain the carpet.
  • Load the bag with a pleasantly scented object. Some people use fabric softener sheets or powdered laundry detergent. Others add a handful of coffee beans or dried citrus peel to the vacuum bag.

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Panasonic MC-V9644 Canister
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Product Information

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