How to Add Scent to Vacuum Cleaner Bags

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton balls or facial tissue

  • Vanilla extract, cologne or perfume

  • Essential oil

  • Baking soda

  • Ground cinnamon, allspice, cloves or nutmeg

  • Scented dryer sheets

  • Ground coffee

  • Dried orange or lemon peel

  • Baking sheet

  • Cedar shavings or cedar balls

  • Scented candle

  • Scented powder or granules

  • Dried lavender or rose petals

  • Pine needles


Adjust the amount of scented material if you want more or less scent wafting through the air. Keep all vacuum filters clean to cut down on foul odors. With many scented materials, you can simply spread them on the floor and vacuum them up, saving the trouble of opening up the bag. Some commercial products are suitable for bagless vacuums.


Do not add liquid scented materials directly to the vacuum cleaner bag; always apply the scents to something absorbent before placing it in the bag.

Freshen the air while vacuuming.

Some vacuums emit a musty odor that can leave the air in your home smelling anything but clean. Pet hair, dander and dust remain inside vacuum cleaner bags, filters and bins. As the vacuum exhausts air, the warm air travels over the odor-causing particles and makes the room smell bad. Adding a scent to the vacuum cleaner bag covers foul odors and freshens the room. Try any one of the following tips and see which scent you like the best.


Step 1

Dip a cotton ball or small square of a facial tissue in vanilla extract, cologne, perfume or your favorite essential oil and place it in the vacuum cleaner bag.

Step 2

Mix 1 tbsp. of baking soda with 3 to 4 drops of essential oil. Pour the mixture into the vacuum cleaner bag.

Step 3

Add 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon, allspice, cloves or nutmeg to the vacuum cleaner bag.

Step 4

Cut scented dryer sheets into 2-by-2-inch squares and place three or four squares in the vacuum cleaner bag.


Step 5

Place 1 tbsp. of ground coffee in the vacuum cleaner bag.

Step 6

Remove the peel from oranges or lemons. Place them on a baking sheet in a 250-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Let the peels cool to room temperature and place them in the vacuum cleaner bag.

Step 7

Put cedar shavings or three or four cedar balls into the vacuum cleaner bag.

Step 8

Shave or cut pieces of a scented candle and add 1 to 2 tbsp. of the candle wax to the vacuum cleaner bag.


Step 9

Use a commercially available scented powder or granules made specifically for vacuum cleaners; spread the recommended amount of product on the floor and vacuum it up, or pour it directly into the bag.

Step 10

Place 2 to 3 tbsp. of dried lavender or rose petals or 1/4 cup of pine needles in the vacuum cleaner bag.


Sal Marco

Sal Marco began writing professionally in 2009. He has written many online home improvement articles based on his more than 20 years of experience in the home improvement and building industries. He has worked as both part of a team and as a site supervisor. Marco has a Bachelor of Science in management science from Kean University.