How to Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaner

by Liz Gonzales

Of course, the vacuum cleaner is a clean master! It keeps your home odor-free! But it should be maintained too for better service.

Usually, vacuum cleaner tends to be spread bad smell cause its deals with dirt or messy things! You can prevent these foul odor from the machine by keeping its insides clean!

Additionally, it works properly if you maintain it in the right way! Otherwise, it will release a bad odor all over your home. In that case, you are going to face trouble every time use it!

I bet you’re here cause you already face it! Don’t worry! Just read on, we have marked an extensive step-by-step guide for you, that will help you to get rid of the vacuum smell!

How to Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaner

How to Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaner
How to Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaner

1. Replace The Bag

The main reason for the odor is the smelly bag. First, you should replace the bag regularly. Trust me; this is the best solution to get rid of bad odors! Try to buy the best and original bag for the machine. Otherwise,  you will fail to find the prevention!

Go with the bag which has an extra filtration layer! These bags are much better than the simple paper bag. These layers can reduce foul odor!

If you own a bagless vacuum then you should remove all dirt from the bin, wash it with mild detergent. Remember one thing! It should be fully dried before replacing it. As we know, wetness leads to an unpleasant odor!

2. Check For Blockages

Well! You have replaced the bag or removed the dust. But still, the bag has a nasty odor! Then you need to dig a little bit deeper! Probably, the intake valve could be clogged with pet hair.

So you should remove the clogged hair carefully! And make sure the blockage free dust flow through the container.

Definitely, for the complex model, it’s better you check the user manual to take it apart. Or else, there may chance of damage to your new vacuum!

3. Clean the Vacuum Thoroughly

You pick out the blockage of the vacuum. Nevertheless, you still find the foul smell! So this step is definitely for you!

For this step, you will need a cleaning solution. Make the solution with baking soda and water.  Apply the solution to wash your vacuum’s hose, filters, and bag compartments. Then rinse them with clean water. After rinsing, wipe with a clean cloth and let them dry properly.  Lastly, reassemble the vacuum.

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4. Replace The Filter

Filters are one of the major compartment of the vacuum cleaner. These are responsible for keeping off the dirt. And can not allow going back into vacuum chamber!

But after using a couple of years, they’re getting old! Yeah, it depends on the frequency of use and workability has decreased! Eventually, the bad smell is starting to emit! In that case, you need to change and buy a new one!

Frankly speaking, don’t be cheap on filters. As they are health guard for you and your loving ones, so you should be choosy when you buy a filter. 

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5. Use Incorporate Perfume Pads

Use Incorporate Perfume Pads
Use Incorporate Perfume Pads

Incorporate perfume pads are the smart way to remove the nasty odor! These pads come with scented tablets which can reduce the bad odor.

These tablets can release an aroma during vacuuming! Once, you place the pads on the top of the filter. Then start your vacuuming, it will disperse fresh fragrance in your house!

There are many types of fragrance. Personally, I like the lavender or fresh blue ocean fragrance! However, pick the one fragrance which you and your family prefer most!

6. Use Cinnamon Or Orange Peel

Use Cinnamon Or Orange Peel
Use Cinnamon Or Orange Peel

It’s fully an organic way to say goodbye to bad odors! And of course, if you don’t want to use perfume pads, then this step is essential for you!

Cinnamon and orange peel can absorb bad odor quickly! And release a fresh fragrance! For applying it, sprinkle some cinnamon or orange peel into your vacuum. Also, you can sprinkle these directly on the floor. And after doing that, start your vacuum cleaning!

These ingredients will emit a lovely fresh aroma both your vacuum and home! So you can take a deep fresh breath! Also, you can save your money!

7. Use Vanilla Extract

Use Vanilla Extract
Use Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract yet another organic method to get rid of unwanted odor! It has anti-deodorant property. If you don’t like the fragrance of cinnamon or orange, you can try it. Sprinkle some vanilla extract onto a paper towel and vacuum it up. It makes sure that the vacuum inhales the vanilla extract leading to a nice fragrance! Vanilla extract spray as an alternative. You can use it on the floor or inside of the vacuum cleaner.

What can I put in my vacuum to make it smell good?

If I can use essential oils in my vacuum cleaner it will not only smells good while vacuuming but also helps to get rid out of the mold.

  • At first, you can mix 20-30 drops of oil with 10-12 liters of water and put the solution in a spraying bottle with baking soda.
  • Then you can spray the solution inside the vacuum bag or dust pot.
  • Another method I described earlier in this article. That is using vanilla extract.

Last, check out this short video about How to fix a smelly vacuum


If your vacuum turns too hot to release the odor, it may cause a faulty electrical cord. So, stop using and call an electrician. Don’t try to do anything yourself!


Final Verdict

Lastly, I would say, these steps are truly effective for removing vacuum odor! Once you have applied these, you can realize the fact!

Don’t forget to maintain your vacuum; they keep a healthy environment in your house!

About Liz Gonzales

Liz lives in a suburb in New York city.
Both of her parents are the art professors at Sate University of New York.
As such, Liz grew up with all kinds of art objects, portraits, and books laying around the home.
Liz met up with Linea through another friend in some kind of online art forum. There great minds sparkled to take their passions onto the next level @

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