Dyson Vacuum Smells Like Dog [SOLVED]

Did you know that over 90 million families own a dog today?

Well, who can blame them? Dogs are adorable!

But when you own a dog you are bound to vacuum your home more often, causing your vacuum to smell.

If your Dyson vacuum smells like dog, don’t worry!

In this post you will learn:

  • Why your Dyson vacuum has a pungent dog odour
  • How to get the dog smell out of your Dyson vacuum
  • What to use to make your Dyson vacuum smell good again
  • And more! 

Why Your Dyson Vacuum Smells Like Dog

Your Dyson vacuum can smell like dog due to poor maintenance, such as vacuuming up dog hair and not emptying your machine’s dustbin. This will cause the smell to spread in the air every time you use your Dyson vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming wet dirt and having old filters in place can also exacerbate the smell.

How Do I Get The Dog Smell Out Of My Dyson Vacuum?

There are a few things you can do to keep your Dyson vacuum smelling fresh if you are a pet parent:

1. Change or Wash Your Dyson Vacuum Filter 

Filters need to be cleaned every 1-3 months, depending on how often you use your Dyson vacuum cleaner.

As a dog parent, though, I recommend you wash the filter every month and let it air dry for 24 hours before using your Dyson vacuum again.

Make sure you read the user manual to check that your vacuum model has a washable filter.

You should also change your Dyson vacuum filter every 3-6, again depending on how often you use your machine.

Don’t attempt to use your Dyson vacuum without a filter!

This will enable dust and dirt to spread around your house.

2. Put Down A Bit Of Baking Soda On Your Carpet

If you have carpet in your home, then chances are your dog smell has embedded onto it.

Sprinkling a small amount of baking soda and vacuuming it up will help you remove the dog smell, since baking soda is known to absorb odours.

Just make sure you let the baking soda sit for a while before vacuuming it up! 

Here is the step by step process:

  1. Ensure your pets are in a different room
  2. Insert a new dust bag or empty your Dyson vacuum dustbin
  3. Sprinkle baking soda over your carpet
  4. Let the baking soda sit on your carpet for at least 1 hour
  5. Vacuum the baking soda up

Only use baking soda on your carpet in small quantities and only when really necessary, since too much of it can clog your Dyson vacuum filters.

Then, empty your machine immediately and wash the filters to maintain their function.

3. Sprinkle Cinnamon on Your Carpet

If you own a bagged Dyson vacuum, then you can add a little bit of cinnamon powder directly into the bag. 

This will allow you to vacuum everywhere in your house, including hard flooring, and spread the lovely scent of cinnamon.

Alternatively, sprinkle cinnamon on the carpet, just like you would with baking soda.

Let it sit for 1 hour and vacuum it up.

Cinnamon will absorb dog smell and replace it with a lovely scent instead.

Only use cinnamon in small quantities and only when really necessary, since too much of it can clog your Dyson vacuum filters.

Then, empty your machine immediately and wash the filters to maintain their function.

4. Wash Your Dyson Vacuum Hose

Hoses can get clogged with all sorts of dirt and debris, causing it to retain certain odours such as dog smell.

Follow these steps if your Dyson vacuum hose smells like dog:

  1. Detach the hose from your Dyson vacuum
  2. Tap the hose into the trash can to get rid of clogs
  3. Fill up your sink with a mix of bleach and dish soap
  4. Submerge the hose in the sink
  5. Let the solution run through the hose
  6. Once clean, rinse the hose with running water
  7. Let your Dyson vacuum hose dry

5. Unclog Your Dyson Vacuum Roller Brush

Your Dyson vacuum roller brush may have caught your dog’s hair and is now clogged.

This will cause dog smell to be released on your carpet and in the air every time you vacuum.

Clearing such clogs is an important part of maintaining your vacuum, as clogs can cause your Dyson vacuum to stop working.

6. Empty The Dustbin Regularly


Letting your Dyson vacuum dustbin fill up is not only detrimental to the motor, but it also allows more bacteria to accumulate.

If the dustbin fills with dog hairs, your Dyson vacuum will smell like dog.

The smell will get even worse if you accidentally Dyson vacuumed water and let the contents of the dustbin get wet.

If your Dyson vacuum model comes with a bag, make sure you change it regularly to avoid the same issue above.

7. Wash The Dustbin

Simply emptying the contents of your Dyson vacuum dustbin is not always enough.

The dustbin will still have a thin layer of dust around it even after emptying it.

As a result, odours will still be present until you completely wash the dustbin.

To wash it:

  1. Remove the dustbin from your Dyson vacuum cleaner
  2. Empty the dustbin as best as you can
  3. Remove the filter and the cyclonic unit from the dustbin
  4. Fill up the sink with liquid detergent
  5. Submerge the dustbin in soapy water and wash it thoroughly
  6. Fully dry the dustbin before putting the cyclonic unit and the filter back in
  7. Re-assemble your Dyson vacuum

8. Remove Damp Dirt From Your Dyson Vacuum

Vacuuming damp dirt will cause smells to linger into your Dyson vacuum cleaner.

Avoid doing so and immediately empty and wash the dustbin if this occurs.

What Can I Put In My Dyson Vacuum To Prevent It From Smelling Like Dog Again?

Here are a few things you can put in your Dyson vacuum so it does not smell like dog:

  1. Grab a bit of paper towel and spray some nice essential oil on it. Then, tear the paper towel and vacuum it up. Let your Dyson vacuum cleaner sit for a few hours and empty the dustbin when you are happy with the smell.
  2. Spray essential oils into your Dyson vacuum bag
  3. Put a fabric softener sheet inside your Dyson vacuum dustbin. Let the vacuum sit for a few hours before removing the sheet. Though many people say it is ok to use your Dyson vacuum with the sheet in the dust bin, several manufacturers recommend not to, including dyson

Will Baking Soda Ruin My Dyson Vacuum?

If used often and excessively, baking soda can ruin your Dyson vacuum.

That’s because too much baking soda can compromise the filtration system, making it easier for the powder to make its way to the motor.

That’s why you should only sprinkle baking soda on your carpet in small quantities and only when really necessary.

As mentioned earlier, empty the vacuum immediately and wash the filters after vacuuming baking soda.


As you can see, if your Dyson vacuum smells like dog it is not the end of the world!

There are a few things you can do to get rid of the odour.

To recap:

  1. Change or wash your Dyson vacuum filter
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets and vacuum it up
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon on carpets and vacuum it up
  4. Unclog and wash your Dyson vacuum hose
  5. Clear your Dyson vacuum roller brush
  6. Empty the dustbin or replace the bag
  7. Wash your vacuum dustbin
  8. Remove damp dirt from your Dyson vacuum


  • Brenda Pearlman

    My name is Brenda Pearlman, and my friends always joke about the “pearl” part. Why? Because I am a clean freak, who likes to see everything shine like a pearl, lol. With years of using my vacuum to clean almost everything in the house, I have discovered tips and tricks that I want to share with you! I am looking forward to helping you make your home shine 🙂