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    Vacuum Cleaner Smell

    I change my vacuum bag regularly but still get (and HATE!) that stinky smell when I turn it on. It's that dusty 'doggie' smell. I've tried putting the powders on the carpets that are marketed for the purpose of making the carpets smell fresh but then the vacuum motor sounds bad when I'm vacuuming it up. Have you ever put something into the bag itself (when you're putting a new one in the vacuum) to help it smell fresh?

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    I remember years ago I had a vacuum cleaner that had a compartment for little air freshener pellets in the hardware of the machine itself. Didn't really use them much. If they are still available maybe drop one in the bag when you change it? Or, instead of the powders on the carpet, febreeze or some other such spray? I personally was never fond of the powdery things for the carpets - just seemed to trap the dirt even more to me.

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    I cut a fabric softener sheet into about one inch squares and vacuum up a couple.

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    I use Febreeze on the carpet and put one or more fabric softener sheets for my dryer in my dust collecter. Since I only buy ones with the scent I like this is a no brainer for me. You might try putting something below your nose like perfume when you vacuum if the odor doesn't bother anyone else in the family. It might be you, not the odor.

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    Cool idea about dryer sheet!!

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    Could it be a rubber belt broke and needs changing?
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    When my vacuum began smelling bad, I finally took it into the repair man. He changed the filters and it made a world of difference.

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    You probably have filters that need cleaning or changing, as well as just changing the bag.

    If that doesn't work, your carpets may need to be deep-cleaned...

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    I never found a really good solution to this problem when I had a vacuum cleaner with bags. Now I have a "bagless" one where you just empty out the canister and I love it. You can clean the canister itself, which helps a lot, but the real solution to the odor problem is that you can buy pretreated "Febreeze" replacement filters and they work really great! If they don't have the pretreated filters for your cleaner, I would suggest cleaning the filters and maybe spraying the filters themselves with Febreeze before putting them back in--maybe that would help.

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    I solved that problem completely. We had SIL install hardwood floors. No carpets. I wonder if baking soda poured into a clean bag would help?
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    I use a bagless vacuum because of allergies. I can't have a bag full of pollen, dust and dirt or whatever is living in my carpet hanging around. I also wash the dirt container and all the plastic pieces after every vacuuming. My husband takes the paper filters outside and blows them out with the air compressor. I also clean the brush off that the hair and threads get wrapped around. It is also a very good idea to clean the hose out too. Hang it somewhere to thoroughly dry before the next use. Or dirt and others nasties get caught in the ribs of the hose.

    Maybe you can put some baking soda in the bag each time you change it.
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    I read somewhere that a lady just left her vacuum suck up a dryer sheet and it was all good from that point.

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    Love the Febreeze and dryer sheet options. Next vacuum might be the plastic (no bag) kind, but can't go get it now. Vacuums have filters? ROFL Learn something new everyday.

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    I vacuumed up something a couple years ago and I can still smell it. I washed the filter (sponge like). I wonder if you could put a dryer sheet on top of the spongeish filter when you clean it and put it back in the vacuum? That way the air would go thru the dryer sheet and send out a nice fragrance? Think I will try it, (I really DO need to vacuum!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I solved that problem completely. We had SIL install hardwood floors. No carpets. I wonder if baking soda poured into a clean bag would help?
    That's what I wondered, too. We have a Rainbow vacuum. All the dirt, etc., goes into water which is then dumped. It's just amazing how much dirt is in that water. Whew! It has helped cut down on my allergic reactions inside our home, plus we only have carpet in the LR and hall.
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    I lift the lid and spray a squirt of Febreez into the hose area.....I also regularly clean the filter and change the bag, but other than that....nothing......it works...

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    I have always put a few drops of liquid air freshener, (yankee candle) right inside the bag. Works wonderfully.
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    I had an old "56" Kirby that finally bit the dust. I had it maintained every couple years. I used to take the bag off and just let it air out after use. I use to beat it to get the excess dirt out. I also used to keep baking soda sachets in the bag.. If you can't handle the scented sheets (I can't) Bounce carries the Febreeze free unscented dryer sheets. When I can, I open the windows when I vacuum. Even in winter!

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    I used to buy little sachets made esp to put in the bag---not sure if you can find them anymore.
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    This is why I buy an inexpensive vacuum and use it to death. When a vacuum gets that odor, it won't go away. It can be covered up but it's still there. I don't have carpet but do have large area rugs. The rugs start to get that odor when the vacuum does. The rugs get cleaned but the vacuum still has the odor.
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    Hoover makes tablets to put in the bag when you are putting in a fresh one. They help somewhat. I found them on Amazon.

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    when we had a vacumm I would put fabreeze on a couple of cotton balls and suck them up. worked for me and the room smelled like fabreeze. the tip i read said to use perfume but I didn't like that and fabreeze worked better.

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    add a little baking soda in the bag

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I solved that problem completely. We had SIL install hardwood floors. No carpets. I wonder if baking soda poured into a clean bag would help?
    I wonder if the baking soda would come through the bag and deposit itself all over the house? Otherwise, it is a great idea. I also like the dryer sheet idea! They smell so nice now.
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    Have always used dryer sheets.....also put one under my car seat.

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