Vacuum Up Some Cleaner Smelling Air

Posted on August 20, 2008 by Allie

We vacuum up a lot of dog hair in this house.  As a result, our vacuum cleaner smells like dog (even with regular filter changes) and running it leaves a distinct odor in the room.  Here’s my new trick for keeping the dog smell to a minimum.

We have two lavender plants in the back yard, and a few weeks ago, I cut all the flowers and hung them upside down in the garage to dry.  Now, before I vacuum, I sprinkle a little dried lavender on the rug before I start.  I like to leave it there for a few minutes so I can kid myself into thinking that it will make the carpet smell better.  When I vacuum it up, the vacuum spreads a lavender scent through the room.  So much better!

I’m thinking of mixing up a concoction of baking soda and lavender to use as carpet/room freshener.

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  1. After Christmas, I always put a new bag in the vacuum before sucking up the needles from the tree. That way the bag smells like Christmas for a very long time. Delightful.

    August 20th, 2008 at 7:06 pm
    Comment by Noelle
  2. Great idea!! I wonder if I put catnip on the floor to vaccuum up, if my cats will get wound up and vaccuum for me??

    August 20th, 2008 at 8:35 pm
    Comment by Kim
  3. Noelle! I love that idea!

    Kim – if you figure out how to get your cats to vacuum, you need to let me know. :)

    August 21st, 2008 at 12:58 pm
    Comment by Allie
  4. I’ve been thinking about doing something like this! We vacuum the upholstery and a couple tiny rugs – otherwise we have hard wood floors – but the cat and dog together do create a bit of animal smell that drives me crazy! I’ll try this – thanks, Allie!

    August 25th, 2008 at 4:32 pm
    Comment by Melinda
  5. During the winter I use baking soda and cinnamon mixed together on my carpet. Now that it’s almost spring I need to mix up some with the dried lavender I have. :)

    March 8th, 2009 at 10:48 pm
    Comment by Lisa

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