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Post# 393750   6/23/2018 at 20:29 by JustJunque (MA)        

Hey all,

I guess this really could have gone in any category, since it's not actually about a specific vacuum.
Just something kind of fun.

In my Electrolux machines, I use Home Solutions Clean Sweep chips for fragrance.
Aside from the simple fact that I like them, it takes me back to my youth, and the very first time a salesman came to our home to demonstrate an Electrolux. I had never experienced a vacuum that made your house smell nice, and it just made the Electrolux seem even more magical to me.

However, I've discovered yet another little quirk about myself, in that I like to use the Clean Sweep ONLY in the Electroluxes.

I know there are other products out there to create a fragrance in your bagged vacuums.
I'm just wondering if anyone else regularly uses them, and if there's a brand or specific scent that you just really like and recommend.



Post# 393755 , Reply# 1   6/23/2018 at 22:27 by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        


I prefer the Sebo Fresh (scent sticks) in Lime Scent for my Sebo Felix Bagged Vacuum or I also enjoy the scent of Home Source beads in Fresh Lemon scent. They are made with real lemon oils so it’s not a sickening fake smell. When I change to a new disposable bag on one of my bagged vacuums, I put a new pouch of the Fresh Lemon “Beads” and then I gently rub them all around the bag, rolling the beads around the inside of the bag with my two hands from the outside of the bag. The fragrance of the Sebo Lime scented “sticks” don’t seem to last as long as the Lemon so sometimes I put a new Sebo Lime right on the motor filter Underneath the new Sebo disposable bag, then it’s smell lasts longer.

Other than that, I never use any fragrance powders or the type you sprinkle onto the floor and vacuum up, as I find it simply clogs up the pores of disposable bags or makes a mess in bagless vacuums.

I don’t do this, but I have been told by other vacuum collectors some use a new dryer sheet inside their vacuum bags to add freshness. This is helpful for older or vintage machines as there is little risk of damaging the machine as long as you put the dryer sheet inside the disposable bag and Not directly on the vacuum parts or dirt bin.

Since I have a dog, I find the only way to keep your vacuum smelling good is to EMPTY it every time you use it and wipe out the bagless dirt bin with a wet wipe or Lysol type disposable wipe (thank you Roger Lang) and let it dry completely before putting it back together. As for bagged vacuums there really is no perfect way to keep them smelling brand new and totally clean unless you waste partially full bags and throw them away too soon before they are full. So the Lemon beads are the best I’ve found to help with bagged vacuums.

I find on my high end bagged vacuums like my Miele and Sebo that the “dog odor” is never an issue as they both have high filtration and I use the “Pet” type filters with charcoal. So if I am using multiple vacuums from my big collection, I tend to use that one bagged vacuum until the bag is full before changing to another bagged vacuum from my collection. That way it goes back into my “vacuum room” with a brand new bag inside it for odor free storage.

Thanks for a fun and different thread @JustJunque

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Post# 393762 , Reply# 2   6/24/2018 at 00:39 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I use BOTH the Sebo sticks and the "Lux chips.Like Em both.When ?I stopped in the Lux place to get bags the sales guy gave me several packets of the deodorizer chips.Bought the Sebo sticks at the Sebo-Miele place.One time I picked up a stinkbug with my Avalir-put a Sebo stick in the bag and puicked up the Lux chips-the stinkbug smell gone and used the rest of the bag.The bug was crawling over my floor-Kirby in hand and we know the rest.the bug was near one of my lights.

Post# 393763 , Reply# 3   6/24/2018 at 00:56 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
These are working well for me

They don’t smell synthetic and they really cover up the bag smell.

Post# 393765 , Reply# 4   6/24/2018 at 08:38 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
laundry crystals

I use laundry crystals with my bagged machines, just dump some of the floor and put the hose near them so the vacuum can suck them up, kind of fun hearing them get sucked in as well. Makes the bags smell really good. It's really fun to do this with a central vacuum hose, I use all of my central vacuum machines without pipes so you can hear the crystals take the full ride from one end of the hose to the other.

Post# 393766 , Reply# 5   6/24/2018 at 09:32 by JustJunque (MA)        
Laundry crystals

Thanks for the input folks!

I was just about to add to my own thread, that I just made this discovery by poking around on the interwebs.
While searching for different vacuum fragrance ideas, I found several people recommending laundry scent crystals!
Downy Unstoppables, something called Washer Whiffs, etc.
I might just have to try some of those!


Post# 393789 , Reply# 6   6/24/2018 at 17:52 by Rowdy141 (United Kingdom)        

I used Tumble-Dryer Freshen Sheets to rid a Kirby cloth bag of that old stale stench. They're paper towels, like J-Cloths, with impregnated fragrances, activated by heat & air. Place one or two between paper bag and outer cloth-bag.
I nearly resorted to expensive Aftershave dripped on the bag. The smell was driving me nuts.
I suppose car air freshener 'trees' and similar dry, hanging, fresheners would work?

Post# 393802 , Reply# 7   6/24/2018 at 21:32 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
T wish the Lux chips

Were the same as they used to be, I don't like the new ones nearly as well, same for Odorific, I loved the old stuff! Filter Queen pine oil was great too...Anything I like they quit making,,,LOL

Post# 393803 , Reply# 8   6/24/2018 at 21:33 by myles_v (Fredericksburg, VA)        

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I normally use a dryer sheet or laundry fragrance beads. I'm actually not a huge fan of the Clean Sweep chips but I do have some that I use with my Lux machines.

Post# 393818 , Reply# 9   6/24/2018 at 23:35 by Jonthevacguy (Capitola, California)        
Essential oils on a small cotton ball

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will make the home smell great...essential oils are 100% natural, and you can control the strength by varying the number of drops. Inexpensive and effective...instant pine forest or whatever.

Post# 393837 , Reply# 10   6/25/2018 at 11:33 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My late mother used to pick up

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"Snow White moth crystals. They came in an orange can.
Sometimes, just a cinnamon stick OR a few cloves in the bag smell nice too.
I would recommend NEVER using a "Love mt Carpet" It's awful, and, if you ever used a Constellation......well. I'm told the 'fog in the room is incredible".

Post# 393838 , Reply# 11   6/25/2018 at 11:37 by JustJunque (MA)        
Clean Sweep

Hans; thank you!
I thought the Clean Sweep smelled different back when Mom got the first Electrolux!
But I even mentioned it to someone at Aerus in an e-mail once, and they claimed that they haven't changed.

Jon, and others who use essential oils:
Does the fragrance last, or does it fade long before the bag is full?

We really don't have pet odors or anything to try to cover up.
We have one cat, and he doesn't stink up the house or anything.
And his pine litter doesn't track into the house.
I just like the vacuum to produce a pleasant scent while I'm using it.


Post# 393864 , Reply# 12   6/25/2018 at 17:36 by Jonthevacguy (Capitola, California)        

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It depends upon the amount used, but I can usually smell the oils for quite a while using only a few drops.

Post# 393870 , Reply# 13   6/25/2018 at 19:28 by rvarley (Oregon)        

I have never used any vacuum freshener that worked once the bag started to fill. They cover the odor with fragrance at best. A fresh bag, a water filtration vac or a well cleaned bagless vac are my solutions to stinky bags. Getting rid of my dogs might be another solution. I'd get rid of the vacuums before I did that.

Post# 393881 , Reply# 14   6/25/2018 at 22:14 by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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I use essential oils as well as laundry crystals in my vacs. But with a twist....for the essential oils, I use it on a small piece of felt in the exhaust filter compartment on top of the HEPA filter. The laundry crystals I put in a mesh baggie from the pet shop used to hold activated carbon when making a carbon filter for a fish tank, & put that in the bag compartment separate from the bag. That overcomes the problem of the scent going away as the vacuum bag fills up if you put the scent in the bag.

I have also used the Lux Clean Sweep chips sparingly in the past, & still have a supply on hand. Also, the tip others have shared on here about putting activated carbon in the bag to eliminate odours works too, BUT it's best to use it only when the bag starts to smell, not when it's new. What I do is put a couple tablespoons on the coffee table & let the vacuum suck it up through the hose, doing this makes the carbon go to the bag walls & on top of the dirt & work effectively.


Post# 393885 , Reply# 15   6/25/2018 at 23:46 by Dandagreer (Nashville, TN)        
Odors Away

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I found this product on Amazon after reading in a thread here that it was similar to Kirby’s old Sweet Aire scent. It has a very pleasant cinnamon-spice smell that is not overpowering. I put a few drops occasionally on my HEPA bag machines and it smells lovely for weeks.

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Post# 393899 , Reply# 16   6/26/2018 at 10:08 by Jonthevacguy (Capitola, California)        

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Great idea re: the activated carbon...probably make sure the carbon dust is removed, only the pieces present. Also, great idea putting the essential oils on the filter. Oreck outer bags have a small pouch for a tab, that would be a good place for an essential oil cotton ball, then the cotton could be accessed for additional drops of oil as needed.

Post# 393907 , Reply# 17   6/26/2018 at 14:38 by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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The activated carbon I use is in granular form, there is no "dust" separate from it. The link below is the exact product I use. You can also get carbon in pellet form too, but I would imagine it wouldn't work as effectively for odour control.

Oreck isn't the only brand to incorporate a fragrance tab holder into their bag system. The Lux Intelligence/Aerus Guardian Platinum canister also has a spot to insert a fragrance cartridge at the back near the filter. Also, Hoover used to do it in the 90's with their bagged direct air uprights, & if I am not mistaken, according to our European members Miele used to have a spot in the filter area where a scent stick could be placed, same as the Sebo scent sticks look like. I am sure there are a few other brands that have done this in the past I am not aware of. Sure would be a nice feature incorporated into modern high-end vacuums.

David - The Odors Away looks good & seems like a few of our members in the past have tried & liked it. It also seems to get fairly good reviews on Amazon. I think I might just have to try some myself if I can find a Canadian source to buy it from.



Post# 393917 , Reply# 18   6/26/2018 at 20:14 by Ctvacman (CT)        

I take the part of the febreeze plug in that goes in the glass jar out and suck it up in the bag. It’s kinda like a huge sebo stick, it’s very concentrated though and no amount of pet hair can over power it.

Post# 393932 , Reply# 19   6/27/2018 at 08:32 by mariotron (Texas )        

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I mostly use fabric sheets or Laundry scent boosters (mostly accidentally because I still them a lot). I've seem that Kirby had some scent tablets and drops to put in the bag but haven't tried them yet.

If possible get charcoal bags, from what I hear they do a really good job.

Post# 394002 , Reply# 20   6/28/2018 at 13:54 by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
for my epic6500

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I find that vacuuming up activated charcoal pieces into a new bag neutralizes bag smells. If I put anything else in the bag as described above, I end up smelling the stale half-full bag smell after a few weeks + whatever scent is in the bag. But the activated charcoal in the bag eliminates the stale smell completely, even when the bag is 3/4 full and time to change after weeks or months. It's just these canisters of activated charcoal you get in the pet department for fish tanks and it's not expensive at all. I find that vacuuming up some in a new bag, and then when the bag starts getting full and covered up most of the originally vacuumed up charcoal, vacuum up a little more. Usually two times per bag total. It doesn't clog the pours of the bag and it's amazing to me to be able to turn my vacuum on with a 3/4 full month or 2-month old bag and not smell anything, just a new bag smell.

Post# 394176 , Reply# 21   7/1/2018 at 21:40 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

I use the odors away too. 2 to 3 drops on 2 cotton balls. Suck that into the vacuum. Leaves a nice fragrance. reminds me of a deodorizer that we used years ago with carpet extraction.

Post# 394268 , Reply# 22   7/3/2018 at 08:19 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland)        
"car air freshener 'trees' and similar..."


I did that once to two separate machines. Both suffered dissolved, melted plastic, where the liquid solvent in the air-freshener 'tree' pad, came into contact with the plastic of the bag compartment. In one case, the paper dust bag stuck to the dissolved plastic too. The other machine was a bagless robot, and the felt of the freshener pad glued itself to the dust box.

I remember Electrolux Ltd in the 500 and 600 series, made special mention of carpet freshening powders having the ability to damage the plastic of the machine. I had never seen that until the car 'Tree' air-freshener fiasco.

Post# 394300 , Reply# 23   7/3/2018 at 21:34 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Put mothballs in a Kirby, the paradichlorobenzene will melt the Emptor cover!

Post# 394323 , Reply# 24   7/4/2018 at 00:42 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

If the solvents in those "tree" car deodorizers melt plastics-don't think I want one in my car-all those plastic parts in the car--and what does it do to YOU???
Did think mothballs were available anymore because of the toxins that I don't want to try to type out on this crappy keyboard.Its bad for moths-also bad for YOU!!!

Post# 394330 , Reply# 25   7/4/2018 at 06:36 by JustJunque (MA)        
Great suggestions!

Thank you to all for the suggestions...I'm definitely going to try some of them!

Also, for the warnings on what NOT to use.
I can attest to the Little Trees reacting with plastics.
We bought our Ford Explorer used, and the previous owner had apparently stuck one up over the driver's side sun visor.
The remains of it are still there...permanently bonded to the plastic!

There's actually a warning on the package to let them hang freely, and not come into contact with the surfaces in your vehicle.
I do like some of their scents, and I used to always have at least one in whatever car I owned.
More recently though, I don't use any fragrance in my vehicles.
I just enjoy the "clean car smell".
I can't say "new car smell", because our vehicles are pretty far from new! Lol


Post# 394344 , Reply# 26   7/4/2018 at 12:03 by myles_v (Fredericksburg, VA)        

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I agree with you on not using car air fresheners. I used to use these Scent Stick things, they smell really good but honestly I've realized there's no real need for adding fragrances to my cars. I often drive with the windows open but when I do use air conditioning I roll the windows down for the last minute or two before I reach my destination so I can air out the car. I've also found that cars tend to smell bad after it rains, so the next day I'll take the floor mats out so they can dry in the sun and that always helps.

Post# 394345 , Reply# 27   7/4/2018 at 12:50 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I'd like to try activated charcoal in the bag but never did. My Kenmore canisters always start to stink after a while even if there's not much in the bag.

I do like the Electrolux/Eureka Arm & Hammer F&G bags I use in my Eureka The Boss. They never seem to smell, which is nice since those bags are so big and last a long time. I might not use them in a bag first machine though because I wonder if the powder could get sucked into the motor.

Post# 394391 , Reply# 28   7/5/2018 at 13:35 by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

As someone earlier mentioned, the Oreck uprights have a small pouch in the bag that is made for their scent tablets. They work great. Also, the Oreck brand carpet crystals smell about the best (in my opinion) compared to any of the other fragrances. It is sort of a clean lemon fragrance, but not overpowering and it doesn't take very much of the product to make your space smell nice.

Post# 394393 , Reply# 29   7/5/2018 at 13:50 by blackheart (North Dakota)        

I like this stuff. The shop I worked at sold it. We got it from a business in Texas. There are soooo many good scents. Pure outdoors has a kind of watermelon scent to it.

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Post# 394420 , Reply# 30   7/5/2018 at 21:26 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        
Moth Balls

Yes they are still available.

Same thing as the moth crystals you used to use with vacuums years ago to de-moth clothes and closets. AND yes don't suck them into any vacuum. The Gas they emit will burn your eyes and nose and lungs. Not pleasant. I did that by accident at my grandparents house one time.

Post# 394424 , Reply# 31   7/5/2018 at 21:58 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Kirby discontinued

Their moth crystalator because it was proven Paradichlorobenzine fumes can trigger a asthma attack, I fumigated my vacuum storage basement just today with a Electrolux vaporizer and moth crystals, might not be good for you, but spiders etc will STAY AWAY!

Post# 394448 , Reply# 32   7/6/2018 at 15:27 by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
I seriously can't stand

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the smell of mothballs. Eucalyptus keeps spiders away too.
Anyway, the activated charcoal is not powder, it's granules, so no clogging bag pores


Post# 394456 , Reply# 33   7/6/2018 at 18:50 by funeraldirector (Boston)        
Vac Scents

Hi Guys,

There used to be a product that went in the bag called VacScent and came in a small aluminum pack like first aid cream in an industrial kit, just tear and throw in the bag. Anyone remember it? It worked really good probably why you can find it any more. In the dozen or so years I worked for Lux I might have sold a case of clean Sweep. It also seems to me that it had a more pleasant scent years ago, less like turpentine if you will. Never a real fan I guess. I like a couple Downy dryer sheets in the bag for scent or essential oil on a cotton ball like geranium or spearmint. It seems like this becomes more of an issue for those of us with dogs in the house. I also use the Swiss Aroma scents that are made for the Lux Intelligence/Platinum scent dispenser on the exhaust port. While they work well and allow you to fill the bag to capacity without the offensive odor of German Shorthair every time you vacuum, I like the essential oil the best as I prefer a stronger scent like you get in a Rainbow E2.


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