DIY Vacuum Beads


I have a love-hate relationship with my vacuum. I love that it’s light weight and easy to transport. I love that it works so well on our hardwood floors. I love that it is easy to store.

I hate how it smells. I hate that it’s old, clogs easily,  and has lost both it’s wheels. I hate that it doesn’t work very well on carpeting.

But, mostly I hate that I nearly set it on fire recently and it smells even worse than it did before.

You see I had a little misunderstanding with the fireplace.

I love having a fire in the evenings. There is nothing better on a cold night. I hate having to clean up the mess. The ashes need to be scooped from the fire box regularly or it won’t burn well.

Ashes are messy. They float around everywhere.

I had scooped them from the firebox recently, and decided to clean up the rest of the mess with the vacuum. The misunderstanding came in when I thought the ashes were cold.

They weren’t cold.

They were hot.

Very hot. Did you know that when you suck hot ashes up into your vacuum, that it sets it on fire?

Yup, trust me on this.

Do not try this at your home.

I was cleaning away, and I turned around to find sparks shooting out the back of the vacuum and smoke pouring out into the room.

It’s a good thing my kids are Fire Extinguisher Certified.

We were able to salvage the vacuum, and thank heavens no one was hurt. But, it smells terrible.

I suppose most rational people would go and purchase a new vacuum, but it really does work just fine, it just smells like smoke every time I use it. I recalled that my former cleaning lady used to use perfumed vacuum beads in her vacuum.

It always smelled so good when she was done cleaning our house.

I am not a fan of chemical perfumes, so I decided to make my own “vacuum beads”.

I raided my cupboards and came up with some fresh cinnamon sticks, cloves, and dried orange peel that I had used in some other projects.


I smashed them up a bit with a hammer to release their fragrance. They smell soooo good!

Then I poured them inside the vacuum bag. I even went as far as to add a few drops of orange essential oil to the bag, and sprinkled a few drops on the vacuum vent.

I am pleased to announce that the vacuum no longer smells like smoke.

Not at all.

Now, it smells like oranges, cinnamon, and cloves when I vacuum instead of fire and smoke.

Who knew?

3 thoughts on “DIY Vacuum Beads

  1. I am going to put the vacuum cleaner smell, and the drain cleaner solutions to work next week. I am also writing down your website for more ideas. chuck epperson

    1. Thanks for reading my blog. I will have lots more home care tips in the future. We are in the middle of a move right now. Have a great day!

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