Vacuum cleaners have a peculiarity: over time and through use, they emit a very unpleasant odor that spreads throughout the house. Despite the use of dust collectors and even frequent replacement of filters, it is difficult to get rid of them effectively. But through creativity, some readers have discovered ingenious tricks to solve this problem very easily. Try these amazing methods that will save you time and money on industrial air fresheners. But before that, let’s take a look at how to clean your vacuum cleaner.

How do you clean a vacuum cleaner?

For a bagless vacuum cleaner:

  • Clean the dust container: take it out, empty it (preferably outside), then wash it. It must be completely dry before putting it back in.
  • Wash the filters, usually with water, then dry them before putting them back in. This step not only maintains the performance of the vacuum cleaner, but also reduces the emission of fine dust in the house and provides a healthier environment.
  • Maintain the accessories: remove hair and threads from the brush after each pass, by hand or with scissors. Periodically pass a cloth soaked in alcohol at 160 °F for disinfection. Wash the hose from time to time in hot water with a little detergent.
  • Eliminate bad odors: put a few drops of essential oil on a sheet of paper and just vacuum it!

For vacuum cleaners with bag:

  • Wipe out the inside of the box with a dry microfiber cloth.
  • Wash the box in the sink with hot soapy water.
  • Rinse with clean water to remove traces of suds.
  • Allow the box to dry completely before reinserting it.
  • Follow the steps for cleaning the bagless vacuum cleaner (from the second step).

How to keep the vacuum cleaner, clean and fresh?

  • It’s almost unavoidable: dirt and dust particles like to collect inside the vacuum cleaner, in the pipes as well as the hoses and the motor. So, if you don’t clean frequently, it’s normal that bad smells will spread, and your device will be in a bad condition after some time. Rest assured that you can clean it again with these care methods to make it as clean and healthy as the first day.
  • First tip: Once the dust bin is empty and thoroughly cleaned, pour 2 to 3 teaspoons of washing powder into it. As a bonus, if you use the vacuum cleaner to dust the different rooms of the house, it will help to effectively scent the surrounding air. As another alternative, you can slide 1 or 2 essential oil-soaked makeup remover discs (or cotton pads) into the bowl with the scent of your choice. A delicate veil will instantly refresh your interior!
  • Another tip to keep your vacuum cleaner fresh: add a tablespoon of baking soda to the bag. If your unit doesn’t have a bag, sprinkle enough of this white powder directly on the floor and vacuum it up. A favorite in many households, this cleaning agent is especially useful for absorbing and eliminating unpleasant odors. We like to use it to clean the refrigerator, carpets, toilets. Why not use the vacuum cleaner with it?
  • Last tip: to make the vacuum cleaner smell good, you can also put a fabric softener sheet in it, which will impregnate the bag or the plastic compartment of the device. Every time you turn it on, this sheet automatically emits a pleasant fresh smell that spreads everywhere.

No more unpleasant odors from the trash can!

How to solve the problem of unpleasant odors from the trash can? It’s true that everyone complains about it. Have you tried everything, but to no avail? This is a really effective solution to test. Here you can also apply the makeup remover disc. The method is very simple: every time you change the bag, put a disc soaked in essential oil (in the flavor of your choice) on the bottom of the trash can. This little trick will help you get rid of the annoying smell forever.

Another effective way: after you have thoroughly cleaned the trash can and put the new bag, pour a spoonful of dry detergent all the way to the bottom. Anyone will do. If you don’t have any more on hand, opt for baking soda. Just a tablespoon of this powder in the bag will deodorize the trash can. You’ll eliminate both the source of the unpleasant odor, but also keep unwanted insects like cockroaches away. In fact, bicarbonate is a first-rate repellent!

However, baking soda only deodorizes and cleans the place. If you want to give a real scent, do not hesitate to rely on the dry detergent or makeup remover disc impregnated with essential oils. And above all, be sure to empty and clean the trash can as often as possible!