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#1 of 7 Old 01-27-2003, 09:26 PM - Thread Starter
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Does anyone have a vacuum cleaner that doesn't stink when they run it? I'm ready to ditch my vac that uses bags because if I run over food or similiar the bag stink when you use the vacuum and I can't be replacing the bags each time I do that. So I borrowed my inlaws bagless vac, its only a week old, and that smells like old dirt when you run it and I cleaned the filter and the empited the container. Is there any hope? I really want a bagless vac, do you use one that doesn't stink?
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Our doesn't stink. We got it at Target for about $150 and it has a HEPA filter on it. I also vaccum up baking soda to absorb the odors insode the bags. Hope tht helps!
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Uhg. We have a dog and ours reeks on occasion especially when it rains. My husband used to dog-sit a dog that had mange that made the dog and everything it touched smell like garbage rot. Poor thing. Anyway you can imagine how horrid the vaccum was cleaning after the dog. We couldn't afford a new one [let alone nice one] at the time so I took the WHOLE thing apart [every single little peice I kid you not] and if I could submerge it in water I did so washing it in hot suds just like dishes and if I couldnt submerge it I took 409 and rubbing alcohol and lots of rags and qtips and cleaned until the thing looked like new. It worked. Nowadays we actually keep one bag in a plastic ziplock [gallon freezer size] and put it on and off when the wet dog fur carpet needs vacuumed and take it off and save until next time. Cheap but again it works.

Good Luck!! I am currently using a new-ish Eureka but if I was to go shopping again I would check out used-good stores or even asking at the local repair shop. There might be some new-ish vacuums that could be cleaned and save cost on high-end etc.
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I would put Arm & Hammer Carpet fresh in the bag or container. If you suck up a lot of food, I'd suggest using some type of small Dust Buster just for the food. You can empty it out right away and it would be easy to wash the waste container.
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I have a Rainbow and its the first vac I have had/used that doesnt stink. We have 2 dogs and 3 cats so it has a good opportunity to I sometimes will put essential oils in the water while using it. I also like the fact that is doesnt put out dust while in use
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After a while, but before it's full, our vacuum bag starts to smell like hot dog hair. I've started putting a few drops of essential oil (I use peppermint) on the bag when I put a new one on. It makes the house smell nice and masks the doggie odor. I sometimes have to replenish the oil once or twice depending on how often I vacuum.
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Sorry groundhog, just can't resist -

I didn't know hot dogs had hair! LOL!
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