Stinky Vacuum? Use a Dryer Sheet!

Stinky Vacuum? Use a Dryer Sheet!

Taryn Williford
Aug 24, 2010

Who knew fabric-softener dryer sheets were as utilitarian around the house as rubber bands and paper clips? They're great for keeping dust out of your PC, wiping down your TV screen and scrubbing down soap scum from the shower. But did you know they can also help keep your vacuum—and your entire house—smelling fresh and clean? Check it out.

Yep, that's right. A dryer sheet is all you need to get a stingy vacuum fresh—and spread the love all over the house.

The next time you go to change your vacuum bag, stuff a dryer sheet inside the bag through the hole where it attaches to the vacuum. The attach the bag as normal and get started on your carpet. You won't get the pungent right-under-your-nose smell of a dryer sheet, but instead get a soft, fresh scent that will mask any musk.

And for a green bonus tip, it's helpful to know that used dryer sheets work just as well at freshening the vacuum as new ones.

If you've got a bagless vacuum, we've heard that you can use the same tip by using dryer sheets in the filters.

(Images: Re-Nest Survey: Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuum Cleaners,,


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