Dogs are loyal and loving members of the family, but they are also the smelliest. Due to dirt, body odor, sweat and their bodily functions, dogs are prone to smelling bad. When you vacuum an area where your dog has been lying, the odors may remain in the machine. Even pet owners who consistently bathe their dogs may have this problem. But you can use a few inexpensive home remedies to remove the smell from your vacuum cleaner.
Change the vacuum bag frequently. Empty canister-type vacuums after every use and rinse them out. Changing the bag after every use may not be economical, but it will prevent dog smells from building up in the machine.
Place the vacuum outside during periods of good weather, after changing or removing the used bag, allowing it to air out. Let the vacuum sit outside for approximately 24 hours before bringing it back inside. Wipe off any dirt or dust accumulated on its outside, as well as where the bag or canister installs, with a damp, soapy cloth.
Place a scented laundry dryer sheet inside the vacuum bag or canister before using it. As the machine heats up, the drying sheet's fragrance releases in the air.
Sprinkle the carpet with a thin layer of regular baking soda, allow it to remain in place for approximately 24 hours and then vacuum. Baking soda is inexpensive and neutralizes pet odors on the carpet and inside the vacuum cleaner.
Sprinkle the carpet with a thin layer of scented, powdered laundry detergent. Allow the detergent to remain on the carpet for approximately one hour and do not allow pets or children in the area. Once vacuumed, the detergent creates a good smell inside the vacuum as well as on the carpet and in the air.
Sprinkle the carpet with a scented spice such as cinnamon, lavender, allspice or rosemary to help rid the vacuum and carpet of dog odor. Allow it to sit for at least one hour before vacuuming. Be careful if your carpet is light in color, as dark-colored spices may stain it.