My Vacuum Cleaner Smells How Do I Get Rid of the Odor

odor controlHow many times have you thought to yourself, “My vacuum cleaner smells? How can I get the odor out?”

Considering a vacuum cleaner is designed to clean up dirt, which causes odors, it probably does smell. No need to be alarmed, there is a way to get the smell out.

However, before I address this question with an answer, let’s first look at some of what a vacuum cleaner sucks up that causes the odors in the first place.

Once you know this, you may have a better understanding as to why your vacuum cleaner smells.

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My Vacuum Cleaner Smells

One of the primary factors, or causes for a vacuum cleaner to smell is the pores in the bag are getting clogged not allowing air to pass.

You may think dirt is the culprit here which it is in part true, but in fact a huge factor is those deodorizing powders you put in your carpet to make it smell better. (There are better ways to make your carpet smell clean).

When you sprinkle all that powdered deodorizer on your carpet and then vacuum it up, it clogs the pores faster than dirt. Therefore, the clogged vacuum bag does not allow the air to pass through. Air should be allowed to pass through the bag then through a HEPA filter which filters the particles out therefore reducing odors.

Other Factors

Other things your vacuum cleaner ingests are things like pet hair and dander, bits of paper, food crumbs and yes, paper clips and potato chips. All of these can contribute to your vacuum bag filling and becoming stopped up not allowing the air to pass through.

So How Do I Get the Smell Out

All this being said, just how do you get the smell out of my vacuum cleaners? Change the bag. It amazes me how many people will let the bag over fill without changing it. There is absolutely no reason to allow a vacuum bag to fill beyond its functionality.

This is also one cause for your vacuum cleaner to shut off for no apparent reason. Most commercial vacuums have a bag fill limit and shut it down before it gets over filled. Again, change the bag.

Beyond the Bag

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If your vacuum cleaner smells, you need to thoroughly clean it out, including the bag. Do you see a pattern here? Once you do this you can use a liquid enzyme to spray on the surfaces not harmed by water and allow it to sit for a few hours. This allows the enzymes time to digest the odor causing material which cause vacuum cleaner smell. It may take more than one application, but this will surely help.

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Keep it Clean

Like any other piece of equipment you have to perform regular maintenance in order to keep it running at peak performance. For a vacuum cleaner this means you have to change the bag once-in-a-while, clean it up, and use an odor eliminating product. Results, reduced vacuum cleaner smell.

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6 comments on “My Vacuum Cleaner Smells How Do I Get Rid of the Odor

  1. With every use sprinkle your carpet/floor with baking soda or powdered carpet deodorizer sparingly. Let it sit about 10 minutes. Vacuum to freshen up everything.

    Queen of Clean

    • These two solutions will help your carpet smell better but the problem is the powder will clog your vacuum cleaner bag. Once it is clogged, there is no air movement which reduces the vacuum from functioning at peek performance. Regular carpet cleaning using the extraction method with a carpet pre-spray is the better solution.

    • In a bit of a hurry and do not have time to let the filters air dry? Try sucking up a handful of Downy Unstoppable after you change the bag or empty the dirt cup. Presto sweet smelling vacuum and house too.

      • Ann, This too will help things smell better. The issue you have to be aware of is that powdered products can stop up the pores on the bags which reduces air flow. You have to have air flow for a vacuum to work properly.

  2. Actually we use a vacuum cleaner to help your home smell better. But what if the appliance itself starts to smell bad? It’s no wonder that it could get a bad fowl smell because it sucks all kinds of dirt and waste including organic material, pet hair etc.
    Thank you.

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