A Simple Way To Remove Stale, Musty Smells & Terrible Odours From Your Vacuum Cleaners

Hi there, dear friends πŸ˜€

If you have a vacuum cleaner that is similar to mine (pictured above) and have been using it a few years, you will know exactly what I mean when I complain about the awful stale smells that come out through the air outlet when the vacuum cleaner is in use. πŸ˜†

If you also have pets in your home, especially dogs that have their doggy smells and that shed their fur a lot (like my Beagle, Benji), then your vacuum cleaner is bound to emit some foul odours after being in use for a while. πŸ™„

I have tried spraying air fresheners into the box that collects dust, hairs, etc.. (my vacuum cleaner is the bagless type) but they only mask the bad smells for a while, and sometimes, the smells are made worse.

Now, I had also tried putting a few drops of essectial oils into my vacuum cleaner’s dust box but the thing is this – as long as the stale smells are not removed, they will still stand out over the over the pleasant essential oil smell. πŸ‘Ώ

Yesterday, I decided to apply the same thing I use to remove smells from mattresses – I had written about that about 4 years ago here :-

How To Remove Urine & Other Odours From Mattresses

Use Medicated Powder ! Β  πŸ’‘


There are many brands of medicated powder in the market but any brand that you have or are familiar with should work as well. πŸ’‘

Please note that I am not being paid by Electrolux or Ammens companies to promote their products.Β  πŸ˜‰

Here’s what I did – it’s really easy ===>

1) just give a few liberal shakes (I would say about 3 tablespoonful) of Ammens Powder onto the floor and then vacuum that up.

2) continue to go about your vacuuming chore

3) after about 5 minutes of vacuuming, you will notice the musty, stale vacuum smell is gone, replaced by the smell of the medicated powder

4) after you are done vacuuming, empty your dust bag or box, and then suck up another few shakes of Ammens powder.

5) store your vacuum cleaner and let the medicated powder continue to neutralise the odours in the vacuum cleaner, hoses, filters and dust box

6) on your next use of the vacuum cleaner, see if the stale smells are all or almost gone. If yes, then you can put a few drops of your favourite essential oils, like Lavendar or Rose, into the dust box…or just vacuum/suck up a few drops of the oils.

Voila! There you have it ….Β  a cleaner and fresher smelling vacuum cleaner! πŸ˜€

Hope this technique works for you, too.

With best wishes,

choesf πŸ˜€


12 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Debra said,

    OMG!! Although I do not have the same vacuum that you use, I tried gold bond powder and it worked for me. Like you I dreaded vacuuming because of the musty smell but it seems to have disappeared. Thank you so much for the great idea. I highly reccommend it to everyone.


    • 2

      Hi there, dear Debra πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your feedback on using this technique to remove your vacuum’s musty smells. I’m glad using the gold bond medicated powder (any brand of medicated powder would do as well πŸ’‘ ) had worked for you, too. πŸ˜‰

      Do have a wonderful day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  2. 3

    Ng Zee Chew said,

    Hi please advise if you can give me contact of your healer in kepong as im having back pain lately.


    • 4

      Hi there, dear Ng Zee Chew

      I’m sorry to hear you have back pains 😦 … I had emailed you the information to contact my lady healer friend for a massage. I spoke to her to expect your phone call.

      Hope you get well right after the massage!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  3. 5

    Nasifriet said,

    Hi choesf, thanks for the tip. A great idea using medicated powder. Will definitely give this a try, the next time I vacuumed the house πŸ™‚


    • 6

      Hi there, dear Nasifriet πŸ˜€

      It’s good to see you here. Heheh, you will be really happy if your vacuum cleaner has musty smells and this tip can fix that for you. πŸ’‘

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  4. 7

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  5. 8

    Matt said,

    Thanks for sharing this great post. I used the same idea you presented and it worked prety good. All the bad smells were removed.


  6. 10

    P.S. Remember to sprinkle regularly some medicated powder onto the floor or carpet and vacuum it so that your vacuum cleaner smells good always! πŸ’‘


  7. 11

    junior said,

    Does it have to be medicated powder?


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