How Can I Get Rid of the Odor in My Oreck Vacuum Cleaner?

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Things You'll Need

  • Oreck vacuum replacement bag

  • Baking soda

Replace your Oreck's vacuum bag to reduce bacteria that cause sour smells.

Your Oreck vacuum cleaner sucks up dirt, dust and other random objects to keep your floor clean. Over time, however, bacteria in the vacuum's bag can create a foul odor. The key to keeping your vacuum cleaner fresh and prevent the bacteria from breeding is by regularly changing the vacuum's disposable bag. In addition to frequent bag replacement, avoid vacuuming wet or damp rugs and carpets, as it often is the source of the strange smell.


Step 1

Unplug the vacuum cleaner and unzip the outer bag.

Step 2

Put on gloves to avoid direct contact with the contents of the vacuum's bag, as it can cause skin irritation. Optionally, wear protective face mask on to avoid inhaling dust and bacteria.

Step 3

Remove the old dirt filter bag and place it in a trash bag.

Step 4

Expand a new vacuum bag, and insert it into the vacuum cleaner's outer bag. Secure the bag onto the hose inside the vacuum bag to ensure vacuumed content goes directly into the filter bag rather than the outer bag.


Step 5

Zip the vacuum bag up, and plug the power cable into a power outlet.

Step 6

Replace the filter bag every two weeks if your vacuum cleaner is used frequently, or on a monthly basis if used irregularly.

Step 7

Sprinkle 1 to 2 tsp. of baking soda in the outer bag of the vacuum cleaner to neutralize residual odors.


Replace filter bags immediately after vacuuming wet carpets, floor or rugs to prevent bacteria growth.



Mario Calhoun

A Chicago-based writer, Mario Calhoun has been writing professionally since 2007, with work appearing in local publications such as "Mint Magazine" and "Echo Magazine," Columbia College Chicago's student magazine. Calhoun currently works at Murder Mystery Maniacs, an event planning company. Calhoun graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in magazine journalism.