The Hack That'll Help Clean Out Your Vacuum's Clogged Brush

Vacuums are the tools that help us clean our houses, but what happens when you need to clean those tools? There are a lot of moving parts in vacuums, and they all require a thorough scrubbing from time to time. Each piece gets clogged with dust and dirt, from the hose to the dust canisters to the bristles. But the worst is when the vacuum brush gets gunked up. That's because this piece comes in direct contact with your upholstery and fabrics. Rather than cleaning your couch cushions or your curtains, you're instead re-embedding whatever is stuck in between the bristles. Luckily, there is an easy way to remove the gunk from the brush, and all you need is vinegar and water. 

This is best used for heavily clogged brushes. If you have a few stray hairs or dust clumps in the bristles, you can easily remove them with a paper towel or cleaning brush. But if it's been some time since you've cleaned your vacuum attachments and the dirt seems permanently stuck, it's time to bust out some acid to help you with the cleaning. Here's how to use vinegar to make your vacuum look like new again. 

How to use vinegar to clean your vacuum brush

All you will need for this vinegar-cleaning hack is a spray bottle, water, and vinegar. Pour 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water into a spray bottle, and shake it to mix it well. Spray it on the brush, allow it to soak for a minute or two so it softens and breaks down the gunk, and then use a microfiber cloth to lift away any stuck debris. Allow it to air dry for 24 hours before using it again. You can do the same for the beater brush in the vacuum. Simply spray the brush with the vinegar mixture, rotating it with your hand so you get the entire thing. Allow it to penetrate, and use a stiff bristle brush or microfiber cloth to remove any stuck residue. Allow it to dry thoroughly before turning on the vacuum to avoid water-logging the appliance. 

This hack works because vinegar is acidic and can break down minerals and organic matter like grease and hair. It also kills odors and is effective as a disinfectant with germs like E.Colli and Salmonella, ensuring that your vacuum is actually keeping your house clean and not just spreading dirt and germs around. Work this into your cleaning routine at least bi-annually for best results.