19 Surprising Uses for Your Vacuum Cleaner: Beyond Basic Cleaning

A vacuum cleaner is a versatile tool that can be used for much more than people realize.

The possibilities with vacuum cleaner are near endless, but here are 19 different uses for your vacuum cleaner.

1. Carpets

Let’s start with the most obvious ones first, a vacuum cleaner is great for cleaning carpets.

A vacuum cleaner uses a rotating beater brush to fluff and separate the debris stuck in the carpet, and the suction of the motor will lift it up and out of your floor.

2. Hardwood Floors

When it comes to hardwood floors, you only want to rely on the suction of the vacuum cleaner and not the beater brushes.

Brushes can damage floors if you’re not careful and only fling dirt around instead of sucking it up.

Using a vacuum cleaner is more effective at cleaning hard floors than a broom, especially when getting that last bit of dirt a dustpan and broom can never get.

3. Upholstery

A vacuum cleaner can come with attachments to help you clean upholstery like your sofa, chairs or any type of furniture.

Dirt, hair and food get stuck in your furniture and using a vacuum cleaner will help remove them.

If you have a shop vacuum, you can use it to clean wet messes on your furniture. I like spraying the couch down with upholstery cleaner and using the shop vacuum to suck it up like it’s a carpet cleaner.

4. Drapes

Draperies are another item in the home that can be difficult to clean. A vacuum cleaner can help to remove dust and dirt from these items without damaging them.

If you have delicate draperies, you may want to avoid cleaning them with your vacuum cleaner.

5. Stairs

Stairs can be tricky to vacuum because of their narrow width. But a vacuum cleaner with the correct attachments can help to reach those hard to reach spots.

If you have carpeted stairs, using the correct vacuum cleaner is a must, especially for the spots that are vertical, as they’re hard to clean otherwise.

6. Your Car

You can use your vacuum cleaner to help you clean your car.

Cars have tight spots, and using the correct attachment can help you reach all the hard spots in your car.

To get some ideas about cleaning your car, check out our post on the uses for a shop vacuum.

7. Remove Spider Webs

A vacuum cleaner with the wand attachment is the best way to get rid of spider webs.

Not only does it remove the mess but if there are spiders it can help kill them too.

You can even use it to get in the low spots and high spots of your home, where spiders like to make their webs.

8. Windows And Blinds

Cleaning your windows and blinds is so much easier with a vacuum cleaner, especially with the correct attachment.

With a soft brush and long reach attachment, you can clean just about any window or blinds of dust.

9. Baseboards

Baseboards do collect a lot of dust and dirt over time, and using a vacuum cleaner makes it super easy to clean.

Often overlooked because of how hard they are to clean, a vacuum cleaner makes the job of cleaning baseboards so much easier.

10. Under Furniture

Not many people realize they should clean under their beds and other furniture, especially if you have allergies.

Under your furniture it collects a lot of dust and dirt that only gets worse every time you don’t clean them as the dust just gets pushed more under them.

If you want to automate this problem away you should get a robot vacuum as they fit under a lot of furniture and can be programmed to run automatically.

11. Cabinets

Not only do you have to deal with dust in your cabinets but also food and even worse, bug droppings.

Where there is food, there are bugs and mice wanting to get to it. So keeping this area clean is a must, and a vacuum cleaner with the correct attachments will help greatly!

12. Vents

The vents around your home get dirty overtime with dust and dirt.

Not only that but food, toys, and other junk can fall in these vents making them less effective at heating and cooling your home. These vents are also prime traps for pet hair and dander, so if you have bad allergies, you should be cleaning them regularly.

13. Reusable Filters

You can buy reusable furnace filters (Amazon Link Ad) for your home and use your vacuum cleaner to clean them out.

Furnace filters are a must for any home, and buying the reusable ones and then using your vacuum cleaner to clean them is a great way to save money!

14. Get Rid Of Fleas

Vacuuming your floors often is a great way to get rid of fleas from your home. To learn more, check out this article.

15. Vacuum Dryer Lint Trap

Your vacuum cleaner works well to clean out the lint trap of your dryer.

The lint gets trapped over time and compacted, thus making it harder for your dryer to dry your clothes. Not only that, but the lint is dangerous as it’s highly flammable.

16. Your Keyboard

Crumbs and dust get into the crevices of your keyboard and with the help of your vacuum cleaner you can suck them up with ease.

17. Dust Your Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fan blades are hard to reach, but with an extension, your vacuum cleaner you can clean the blades and the base of your ceiling fans.

One helpful tip for cleaning ceiling fan blades is to use an old pillow case to go over the blades and collect the dust.

The vacuum cleaner will be the best option for cleaning the base of the ceiling fan and its lights.

18. White Noise For Baby

The loud noise a vacuum cleaner makes can help some babies fall asleep.

Learn more about why babies like white noises like vacuum cleaners here.

19. Deflate Toys And Air Mattresses

Inflatable toys like towable tubes and air mattresses are great, but they take up a lot of space. You can let them deflate, but they never really get as flat as they did when you first got them.

You can use your vacuum cleaner to help you remove any extra air out of these inflatable items to make storing them a lot easier.



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