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« on: March 03, 2009 07:10:40 AM »

Does anyone know how to make that horrid smell that the vacuum cleaner produces go away?

My vacuum is only two years old, is bagless, and has been stinking for quite a while, even though I clean it regularly. It does vacuum up a lot of dog hair though.

Martha Stewart suggested using essential oil in the bag, but mine is bagless, so... any ideas of how I can get rid of or mask that nasty smell?

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2009 09:38:14 AM »

Mine has a bag, but it smells awfully every time I use it (sort of like burnt rubber...even though we had the belt changed).  What I've found helpful is sprinkling my carpet with baking soda (lightly) and spraying it with febreeze prior to vacuuming helps immensely.  As the vacuum sucks it up, it does its thing to the inside of the machine, you know?  Certainly not a manufacturer approved thing, but hey, it works!

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2009 12:26:34 PM »

Oh I will try that - thank you!

Does anyone else have any suggestions?
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2009 02:09:24 PM »

Baking soda is a great idea and also there are some similar products that are use to reduce cat and dog odors where you sprinkle them on the rug prior to vacuuming. Makes the room and the vacuum smell good.
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2009 02:12:31 PM »

They sell little vacuum tabs that you can put in the.. box? Filter? whatever you call it.
If the filter smells, you can (usually) take it off and wash it in the sink, or with the hose if its really dirty. And if you're good with mechanical things and such, you can take it semi-apart (take the bottom and wheels off, unattach the hoses, etc.) and clean out the plastic parts with bleach cleaner. And it also helps to suck up baking soda.
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2009 10:59:45 AM »

I have a dyson, also bagless and I found that baking soda helped the most, but I have also put a ver small amount of essential oil on the filter, this doesn't deoderize the whole machine, but smells great when you turn it on, just make sure to use something you really like as it will be with you for a while.

I also have three cats and two dogs that shed like crazy and I found something that helps with not only the hair, but also a bit of the smell. I just take a spray bottle and mix about a quarter capful of fabric softener (I love Downy) with hot water and lightly mist the whole carpet. then when it is dry i vacum over it, I usually get about ten times the hair up and I find that it helps for next time that I vacum as well. Hope this helps.
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2009 11:20:23 AM »

Thank you so much! I am definitely going to try these ideas!!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2009 03:58:07 PM »

I've got a Dyson animal... it's bagless & vacuums up a lot of cat hair. I sprinkle baking soda around the areas the kitty lays in the most... and that seems to help. I think Dyson makes a 'pet freshener' powder that does the same thing...

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