How To Empty Vacuum Cleaner Without Dust [6 Easy Steps]

If you have recently switched from a bagged vacuum to a bagless one, you are probably wondering what to do when it is time to empty your machine.

To empty a vacuum cleaner without dust flying everywhere, you should go outside, wrap a plastic bag around the vacuum bin, empty the content, bang the bin against the ground to get rid of lodged debris, and clean residues with an old paintbrush.

Below are the exact steps explained. I have also included a solution for those who do not wish to empty their vacuum outside!

How To Empty Vacuum Cleaner Without Dust Mess

The issue with dust is that it is lighter than the surrounding air, resulting in dust particles floating everywhere.

But worry not because by following the easy steps below, you will be able to empty your vacuum cleaner without making a mess with the dust:

1. Take Your Vacuum Outside

Once your vacuum bin is half or two-thirds full, take it outside and as far away from the door.

Taking it to your trash can outside would be the best option!

2. Wrap a Plastic Bag Around The Vacuum’s Canister or Bin

Now wrap a plastic bag around the opening of your bagless vacuum cleaner’s bin or canister. 

3. Open The Bottom of The Canister

Most modern vacuums’ bins feature a bottom lid that you can flip open.

Open the lid and shake the bin with the bag wrapped around it.

4. Tap The Canister Against The Ground

To dislodge any stubborn clump of dust, bang the canister/bin against the ground until it is empty.

5. Clean Residues With an Old Paintbrush

Finally, use a paintbrush to clean out any other residue, such as the caked-in dirt. 

Let the dust settle a while before removing the canister from the bag.

6. Tap The Filter on The Ground

Getting the dust off the filter is also crucial as without doing so, the vacuum will not pick up as well.

Simply tap the filter on the ground. 

Once you are back indoors, you can also wash the filter (if it is washable) and let it air dry for 24 hours.  

What If I Want To Empty my Bagless Vacuum Indoors?

You can undoubtedly empty your vacuum indoors, but you will have to be extremely careful.

  1. Wrap a plastic bag around the opening of your bagless vacuum cleaner’s bin or canister. 
  2. Grab a spray bottle, fill it with water, and spray the dust as it falls into the garbage bag.

This process will help you prevent those dust clouds that can damage your health. 

FAQ

Where Does The Dirt Go in a Bagless Vacuum?

When using a bagless vacuum cleaner, the dirt goes through the cleaner head, the pipe, and into the bin/canister. The clear bin lets you see what you have picked up and when it is time to empty your vacuum. 

How Often Should You Empty a Vacuum?

You should never let your vacuum cleaner’s bin/canister fill up at full capacity. Make sure you empty your machine as soon as it fills halfway through or two-thirds maximum. Letting the vacuum fill all the way to the top can result in poor performance or even overheating and damage the vacuum cleaner, including breaking the belt.  

Can You Put a Bag in a Bagless Vacuum?

No, bagged vacuums are not designed to have bags put in their canister. In fact, most modern bagless vacuums’ bins feature a cyclone filter right in the middle, which would make it impossible for a bag to fit in.

Conclusion

Emptying a vacuum cleaner without dust mess is simple. To recap, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Take Your Vacuum Outside
  2. Wrap a Plastic Bag Around The Vacuum’s Canister or Bin
  3. Open The Bottom of The Canister
  4. Tap The Canister Against The Ground
  5. Clean Residues With an Old Paintbrush
  6. Tap The Filter on The Ground

Author

  • 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 🙂