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Vacuum smells I have a 6 year old rainbow vacuum model E and it smells terrible everytime I use it. Probably because often times i don't remove the water basin after vacuuming and just let it sit. It's my own fault however now I don't know what to do to get rid of this terrible smell. I've water cleaned the hepa filter, not able to remove the separator screw to clean. Can you give me some suggestions?

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In addition to vinegar, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is also an excellent remedy for many odour problems.

Try generously sprinkling baking soda on a rug you wish to clean, and afterwards, vacuum up the spot.

Rugs, and dirt may be broomed beforehand, and you may want to spread the soda over a large enough area to avoid having a small "clean spot".

Repeat as necessary, and buy the bigger boxes of baking/washing soda. It has many more great uses that you can discover.

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Hi,
My wife happens to have a rainbow that I picked up at an auction for $2.00.
When it begins to smell, we use a quarter cup of vinagar in with the water and use as usual.
You may not apprectiate the smell of vinagar, believe me, it works.
It may take a couple of vacuum sessions and changing of the vinager water each time, but one good thing about vinagar, it is an old time disinfectant.

Posted on Feb 07, 2008

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