Friday, January 18, 2013

Remove the Smell from Your Vacuum

How to clean your vacuum.
Or just give your vacuum a good scrubbing. Because I have a dog that sheds like crazy, I vacuum almost daily and our vacuum after a while begins to smell. You know you turn on the vacuum and you smell your stinky dog. 
I figured out long ago I really had to scrub the vacuum to get rid of the odor.

First, if you have a canister type like mine, take it all apart. I could never get this filter clean with scrubbing or running water so I decided to wash it in the washer. I fill with hot water and detergent and let it run on a gentle cycle. Really does a great job.

Just run it through a whole cycle and rinse.

 Then I put the pieces out to dry completely in the sun. The next time I use the vacuum, I don't smell the dog anymore.

Also here is a tip. If you have a bag type vacuum you can toss a fabric softener sheet into the bag and it will help with the dog smell.


  1. Oh great idea! I am not certain if mine comes apart like that, but I sure need to take a look and try. THREE dogs in the house here. Blech at the smelly vacuum.

  2. Hi Elaine,
    Love this post because I do the same thing. Vacuums do get smelly. It works wonderful to freshen the vacuum. The sunshine gives it a hung on the line scent too.
    Thank you for sharing and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  3. great tip - I would never have thought to put it in the washer. And with 2 dogs, I know what you mean about that "smell."

  4. Thank you for the great tip! I have two dogs and I know exactly what you mean.

  5. I have the SAME problem!! I run the vacuum and it smells like dog and it drives me crazy....I do not have a canister but you have inspired me to clean mine.

  6. That's a great tip! I have my husband blow all the parts of my vaccuum out with his air compressor. Gets all the dust out of the hoses and insides.

  7. Guess what? We used to have a dog
    and blamed that smell on him, and now we have no dog, and we have
    a different vacuum cleaner and it smells the same, so think it was the dust and dirt all along..........
    I was shocked! and poor lil Zippy
    got all the blame!!
    Will try the dryer sheet idea for sure. Thanks,
    Blessings, Nellie

  8. I use the fabric softener sheets in mine.
    : ) Kris

  9. My upright filter comes with a febreeze scent, when I purchase new. Which by the way I am way over due for! Good tip though!

  10. Oh wow! That is a great idea. I don't have a vacuum like that...but I do have a bag type...I just change the bag. I also don't have dogs...but 'musty' is 'musty' , right?


  11. I have 2 cannister and one upright and they stink to high heaven because of the dogs!
    I guess I thought it was only me...thank you so much...I hope I can get them apart and then I hope I can get them back together again! LOL!

  12. Great tips to remember, thanks. Cindy

  13. I never knew to this but I worked on our Dyson this morning. Our filter is different and it says ln it to wash every 6 months. I washed it and took apart the whole canister and washed it too. Thanks for the great tip.
    But now I am wondering what else in my home is filthy and I don't know it.

  14. I have a bag type vacuum and I love the idea of putting a dryer sheet into the bag. Mine stinks and I bet that would help.
    Thanks for the idea.

  15. My vacuum is also the bag type. Never thought of the dryer sheet either. I remember the days of my vacuum smelling like dog...we don't have one anymore....we have a cat, which does mean cat hair though!

    Thanks for linking up and sharing, Elaine!

    Have a great week!

  16. Thats a great idea. I need to break mine down and scrub it really good soon! Thank you for sharing at TTF. Have a fun day!

  17. I'll have to try this! Found you via Tammy. ~Christina

  18. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays!


  19. Great tip! I've never cleaned the filter on my vacuum.

    Thanks for linking up to Motivation Monday!!