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Adding Fragrance to a Bagged Upright Vacuum
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Post# 414422   9/29/2019 at 17:57 (308 days old) by mmcphee (Lisbon Falls, Maine)        

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I was wondering if I could put some essential oils on a cotton round and stick it in the bag of my Kirby vacuums to help add fragrance while I vacuum.

Post# 414424 , Reply# 1   9/29/2019 at 18:22 (308 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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I don't see why not. It would make the bag smell of that fragrance, though. Don't use too much, a few drops would probably be fine.

Post# 414425 , Reply# 2   9/29/2019 at 18:37 (308 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I do

Post# 414428 , Reply# 3   9/29/2019 at 19:48 (308 days old) by Mpbyrd (Connelly Springs, NC)        
Dryer Sheets!

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I like to put dryer sheets in the bag of my Avalir 2. The heat from the exhaust makes it smell wonderful!

Post# 414430 , Reply# 4   9/29/2019 at 20:14 (308 days old) by fairfaxclass (Tillamook, Oregon)        
Or, the outside

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You can also put some on the outside of the disposable bag around where the fill tibe blows into the bag. Same effect. I will also use the cotton ball/toilet paper square method, though I use a heavy dose of fragrance.

Post# 414431 , Reply# 5   9/29/2019 at 20:16 (308 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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If you get fabric softener that is a granual type. Downy unstoppables or Gain unstoppables. Throw in vacuum bag. You could use a dryer sheet.
I wouldn't do oil as oils in fabric you will get a stain you won't get out.

Post# 414436 , Reply# 6   9/29/2019 at 20:55 (308 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I have done all of those it just depends on the smell that I am going for

Post# 414437 , Reply# 7   9/29/2019 at 21:27 (308 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Tom Anderson turned me on to those pellets. I like them. I've also slipped a cinnamon stick in the bag. The house smells like you've been baking.

Post# 414440 , Reply# 8   9/29/2019 at 22:46 (308 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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It works well. I love cinnamon it's probably my favorite scent ever. Where do you get cinnamon sticks. Im sure you can get toothpicks and put cinnamon in with tooth pics and there is a cinnamon sticks but I would love to try cinnamon sticks.
Just off topic a little. I have a river in my backyard and mosquitos are everywhere. If you run a dryer sheet on your skin the mosquitos loose your scent.

Post# 414442 , Reply# 9   9/29/2019 at 23:07 (308 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I live up the street from a river.

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That's great to know.
I have cinnamon sticks because I put them in hot cider. I get them at the grocery store. If you want something stronger, try cloves!

Post# 414444 , Reply# 10   9/29/2019 at 23:30 (308 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I will try that.
I only mentioned it as it pertained to story. Iid say more about my backyard. It has poop from a lab. That's a better selling point.

Post# 414447 , Reply# 11   9/30/2019 at 02:12 (308 days old) by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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I'd skip all that and get carbon bags.

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Post# 414454 , Reply# 12   9/30/2019 at 09:23 (307 days old) by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
I second the above

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Since discovering the unstoppables I use them quite frequently.


The dryer sheet does work as well, however, the exhaust from the Kirby is not heated, as a bypass, direct air machine; the cooling air is exhausted towards the floor.

Post# 414466 , Reply# 13   9/30/2019 at 19:16 (307 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
My Grams cleaning lady

used to spray a cotton puff with a shot of Grams favorite perfume, Estee Lauder Youth Dew and drop it into the bag of the Tristar. Wasn't really necessary as there were no pets, just something they did for the 35 years she cleaned for her.

Post# 414481 , Reply# 14   9/30/2019 at 23:07 (307 days old) by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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Off topic a bit.

In our old apartment, my dad used to put lots of cinnamon sticks in the water in the humidifier pans on top of the radiators. In winter the whole place smelled like cinnamon.

Post# 414488 , Reply# 15   10/1/2019 at 00:54 (307 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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What I usually do if I want my vacuum to have a nice smell, I just put some home fragrance oil directly on the HEPA Cloth vacuum bag. Just a few drops. Or, I use Bounce fabric softener pellets. I have also thrown 2 or 3 orange peels in the bag at times, gives a nice orange citrus smell.

Alex, good tip on the Kirby HEPA Cloth charcoal bags. For Miele canister owners, there is a generic FJM HEPA Cloth charcoal bag available now. I guess the Chinese decided there was enough of a market for these after the genuine Miele 4D Smell Protect bags were taken off the market.



Post# 414489 , Reply# 16   10/1/2019 at 01:02 (307 days old) by dandagreer (Nashville, TN)        
Odors Away

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I really like the scent of this product, "Odors Away." I'm told it smells a lot like the old Kirby "Sweet Aire" product, but I never smelled that, so I can't compare. I love the spicy, cinnamon smell of this product. And, it really does a great job of getting rid of that "old sweeper bag funk" smell. I put a few drops on the bag itself and it lasts for several weeks.

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Post# 414502 , Reply# 17   10/1/2019 at 12:58 (306 days old) by sptyks (Skowhegan, Maine)        
I second David's opinion...

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I have been using "Odors Away" for years now. This stiff works wonders.


Just put a few drops on your newly installed cloth HEPA bag and that wonderful fragrance fills the room as you vacuum.




Post# 414557 , Reply# 18   10/3/2019 at 09:36 (304 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
Question about odors away

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So this neutralizes odors and doesn't cover them up? When you put a few drops on the outside of the bag, how long before you need to do it again? I read about it on amazon and it gets mostly good reviews, but for different things people use it for it says it only lasts like a day or two before you have to use more. If you use it strictly for a vacuum I'm thinking a bottle would last quite a while. What does it smell like? One review said they couldn't stand the smell and that it smelled like the chemicals they use to clean up when someone throws up.

Post# 414630 , Reply# 19   10/5/2019 at 15:06 (302 days old) by sptyks (Skowhegan, Maine)        

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I find that Odors Away fragrance to be quit pleasant.


I find that I need to add a few drops to my Kirby's inner bag about  once a week to keep it fresh smelling. Odors Away also keeps your house smelling nice too.


Post# 414745 , Reply# 20   10/8/2019 at 17:23 (299 days old) by Louvac (A)        
You can also use

You can also use a cosmetic/makeup rounds--the flat ones. Get them at the dollar stores or WallyWorld. Then, you can use any of those oil fragrances sold in the small bottles with the dropper. For some you may have to buy the dropper separately. Or simply put the round cotton over the oil bottle and turn upside down for a second. Insert into the canister bag or in the Kirbys I sometimes place them on top of the disposable bag at the top where it dents and let it sit there.

Also, you can use those small bridal netty type bags with the draw string. This is handy for the Kirby as you can hang it from the bag support hook. Sometimes you can find those muslin bags that the chocolate coins used to come in at Christmas and put any kind of tablet, cotton ball, flat rounds, pellets---you name it--in there and just place it near the disposable bag.

Works well. OR another trick is take the sample cologne cards that come in the Kohl's or Macy's flyers and cut them up into small pieces. I just rip them up and then suck them up! These are also heavenly placed in between your towels in the linen closet. I use the women's samples as I prefer to use the men's ones for me!

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