9 amazing vacuum cleaner hacks we never thought of 16



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Let’s face it: vacuuming isn’t our favourite chore, in fact we often want to get it over and done with. But wouldn’t you rather do it so well that you didn’t have to do it again the next day?

Here’s 9 of the best vacuum cleaner life hacks we found – we couldn’t believe we didn’t know these before!

1. Glass light fixtures

Don’t spray and wipe your glass fixtures, only to spread dirt around – simply vacuum off the dust and fur before you wipe it over, preferably with the soft brush attachment.

2. Vacuum bed sheets and quilts between washings to keep pet fur from building up

If you are one of those “pets are allowed on the beds” kind of households, run a light weight cordless vacuum over the tops of beds to remove any extra fur balls between cleanings. This really helps cut down on the amount of pet fur that ends up on your clothes and washing machine filter.

3. Fix carpet dents with ice

Fix those unsightly dents in the carpet after you move furniture by placing ice cubes over them. As the water melts, the carpet fibres will raise up. Then simply run a vacuum cleaner over the spot to get the carpet to straighten up again.


4. Inflate an air mattress

Don’t have an air pump around? Use a bagged vacuum cleaner with a small nozzle on the lowest setting!

5. Extend out the nozzle

Get into narrow spaces (like a sliding door track) by using a cardboard tube as an extender for the vacuum hose.


6. Soothe a crying baby

Is your grandchild wailing? Vacuum cleaners are the ultimate white noise machines. There’s something so calming about that electric whirr that calms babies right down.

7. Clean the roller brush

If you have hair and lint trapped on the vacuum’s roller brush – simply cut it off with a seam ripper.


8. Deodorise carpets

For those items that are impossible to throw in the wash (such as rugs, carpet or mattresses), sprinkle the offending spot with bicarb soda. Let it sit for half an hour and then vacuum it.

9. Find lost items

Lost an earring? Place an old pair of pantyhose on the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner and secure it with a rubber band. Now vacuum in the area you lost the item – it should be visible on the end of the vacuum!


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  1. One time I had a lovely Azalea bush in flower. After a while many of the flowers faded and turned brown but there were lots of new flowers on the bush. I got out there with the old vacuum and vacuumed off the old brown flowers!! It worked amazingly. The suction was just strong enough to remove the dead flowers but not strong enough to remove the live ones. Got a few comments from the neighbours though. haha

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    • Haha! I did the same thing with the same plant just recently!! Worked like a charm

  2. Terrific ideas. I use the vacuum cleaner on my dog.He loves having it run over him and will roll onto his back so his tummy can be done.He is a German Shepherd and sheds his coat year round, the vacuum brush is perfect for removing the left over loose hair after his daily brushing.

  3. When you get pollen from lilies on things, don’t touch, just vacuum. If you touch it, you’ll never remove the stain.

  4. Not sure how you use a sucking device to blow something up? Any tips?

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    • how to use a sucking device to blow something up ?

      this assumes the old cylindrical type vacuum – where you could just swap the hose to the other end to become a blower – I think Hoover or Electrolux even had spray painting bottle attachments you could fit to the end of the hose/blower.

      like these pix – hose probably fits either end – suck or blow – http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/pict/252116864507_1.jpghttp://thumbs.ebaystatic.com/images/g/yvEAAOSwd0BVxigK/s-l225.jpg

      modern vacuums are more likely to have grille type exhaust vents – my Volta Tornado has a 4″x5″ grille at the rear – and as I got it second-hand I’m unaware of any particular blower add-ons for this type.

  5. I vacuum the corners of the ceiling, to get rid of spiders. Vacuum the mattress, when bed stripped for linen change and couch and chairs.

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