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This Unexpected Tool Will Make Your Vacuum Work Better

This clever tip makes a somewhat icky task quicker and easier (and it will help keep your floors clean too!)

If you’ve ever realized your vacuum wasn’t really picking much of anything up off your carpet, or noticed that your dishes weren’t coming out of the dishwasher as clean as they used to, then you’ve already experienced the effects of accumulated gunk and grime inside your cleaning appliances.

Our cleaning appliances do important jobs, but they can’t perform those jobs properly if they’re backed up with dirt and debris. This applies to your washing machine, your microwave, and even your dishwasher, all of which need to cleaned out occasionally to keep them running smoothly.

Your vacuum is no exception, and in today’s post, I’ll be sharing a simple solution I found to a related issue I recently encountered with my own vacuum. It’s a problem that anyone with long hair (or anyone who lives with a long-haired person) probably knows all too well!

For more about how to clean your household appliances and how often you should do so, check out this post.

The Problem: There’s Hair Wrapped Around Your Vacuum’s Brush Roll

The problem I’m referring to, of course, is the way hair tends to get wrapped around the vacuum brush roll. We often don’t even realize it’s happening until the buildup of hair gets so thick that it starts affecting the vacuum’s performance.

This is exactly what happened to me recently, but once I realized what the problem was, I wasn’t necessarily any closer to fixing it! I tried pulling the hair off the brush roll at first, but it was too tightly wound and tangled to make much of an impact.

I knew I needed a different approach, and after some good old internet research, I finally discovered a quick and easy solution to my problem!

The Solution: Remove The Hair With A Seam Ripper

It turned out that the secret to easily removing hair from my vacuum’s brush had been sitting in my sewing kit the whole time, in the form of a seam ripper! Its curved shape and sharp blade make it perfectly suited to this particular task.

All I had to do was lay my vacuum on its back to access the brush roll, then run my seam ripper under and through the layer of hair. It took a little bit of hacking on my part, but it only took me a minute or two to slice through all that hair.

Once I sliced through the hair, it became infinitely easier to pull it off the brush roll. Now that I know how easy it is, I plan to do this around once a month moving forward to keep the amount of hair under control and keep my vacuum working effectively.

If you have been struggling to remove hair from your vacuum’s brush roll, I highly recommend pulling out your seam ripper and giving it a try for yourself! 🙂

Still Having Vacuum Problems?

If you remove all the hair, string, and other debris from your brush roll and your vacuum still doesn’t seem to be working right, there’s probably a different issue that needs to be addressed. You may be able to resolve it by deep cleaning your vacuum thoroughly from top to bottom, which you can learn how to do by reading this post.

Do you have any tips or tricks for fixing vacuum issues?

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