Vacuum Cleaning Tips and Hacks

General Vacuum Cleaning Tips

  1. Vacuum carpet several times from different directions. This removes much more dirt, especially in high traffic areas and in homes with pets.
  2. Vacuum your matress with the carpet power nozzle.
  3. Put your pillow in a plastic bag. Wrap the bag end tightly around the vac hose nozzle and suck out the dust and mites.
  4. Dust the tops of drapes and window treatments with your vacuum. Use the low suction setting.
  5. Vacuum the clothes dryer lint filter. Use the crevice tool to get down into the filter cavity of the dryer to remove excess lint.
  6. Wet a cotton ball with an essential oil and put it in your vacuum cleaner bag. Your house will fill with the scent while you vacuum.
  7. It is said that vacuum cleaners are very effective at killing fleas in your carpet.
  8. Especially if you have allergies, use your vacuum cleaner as your primary dusting tool.Β  This puts less dust in the air than a cloth.

Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner Tips

The following tips are specific to Rainbow and other brands of water filter vacuum cleaners.
  1. Change the Rainbow water often. Don’t let it get sludgy.
  2. With it’s water filtration the Rainbow makes a great dusting machine. Use the extra long non-electric hose. You can kinda just let the Rainbow sit in middle of room as you go around and dust and you don’t have to reposition it as often.Β  The long hose also lets you get up high to ceiling fans and curtain tops.
  3. Put a few drops of PineSol in the water. Smells great. Dirt knocks out any foam.
  4. Some people put essential oils in the water. Lemon oil, peppermint, pine, eucalyptus oil etc., to make the house smell great while vacuuming.


You can turn your clothes dryer into a vacuum cleaner of sorts: if you have blankets and throws that you don’t want to wash you can freshen them up. Put them in the dryer on the “Air Fluff” (no heat) setting and the dryer will suck out a lot of the dust and stuff from the item and into the lint trap.

See also our: Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

Brad Enslen @bradenslen



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