Baking soda Will Destroy Your Vacuum! This is Why... and How to Fix it

by Mary Evans

Have you ever seen the wonders baking soda can do? It can remove stains from surfaces, act as a mild disinfectant, and dedorize anything. But do you know the kind of relationship this all-purpose soda has with your vacuum cleaner? Let me tell you in one word: Toxic.

Baking soda is very damaging for your vacuum cleaner. Its tiny particles can mess with the vacuum's motor and clog its filters. Your cleaner bears so much just to get the baking soda out of your carpet, but the result is not what you expect. All the baking soda isn't even removed from the surface.

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Does baking soda ruin your vacuum cleaner?

YES, it does! I know this is not a comforting answer. Baking soda has been a part of many people's cleaning routines. Because, why not? It's an all-purpose powder that cleans and deodorizes our carpets, mattresses, etc.

However, the problem arises when the baking soda has to be removed. What do we do? Vacuum it. That's where we are mistaken. Baking soda shouldn't be vacuumed.

The powder ruins your vacuum cleaner, literally.

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Why is baking soda bad for your vacuum cleaner?

The grains of baking soda are microscopic. Their small size is one of their biggest downfalls. As that's the main reason why baking soda harms your vacuum.

Let's take a look at the top 3 reasons in detail.

1. Electric motor can be destroyed

Many modern vacuum cleaners have their motors sealed from the suction area. However, the tiny particles of baking soda still make their way through and to the electric motor.

Baking soda in vacuum

What happens is that the motor sucks in the surrounding air to remain cool. In doing so, it can suck some baking soda too. The powder may reach the bearings and gear. This will pose a serious threat to the life of the vacuum cleaner's motor.

2. Filter can be clogged

Though the particles of the baking soda are tiny, they still cause big damage to your vacuum cleaner. They can clog even the most high-quality filter available.

The vacuum cleaner will have to work extra hard when the filter becomes clogged. This will wear out the machine way too quickly.

Clogged filter of vacuum cleaner

3. Baking soda can't be removed fully

Even after you put your vacuum cleaner at risk, in hopes of removing the baking soda from your carpet, it might not be removed fully. Yup, that's right. This is what we call a bitter truth.

The tiny grains of baking soda go deep into and under the carpet. The vacuum cleaner is unable to get them out.


Baking soda deodorizes a surface by absorbing the odors. If the vacuum cleaner is unable to remove the powder, it means that not only will you have it remaining in your carpet, but also the odor.

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How to get baking soda out of carpet without vacuum cleaner

You are now well aware of the reasons why you shouldn't use a vacuum cleaner to get the baking soda out of your carpet. However, it's unfair to you if I wrap this post up without mentioning any alternatives.

So, below are a couple of ways that you can use to remove the baking soda from your carpet without using a vacuum cleaner.

Method 1: Use Vinegar

-Step 1. Make a cleaning solution:

Mix 1 part white vinegar with 3 part warm water.

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-Step 2. Apply it to the baking soda stain:

Take a sponge and soak it in the cleaning solution. Rub the sponge on the stained area.

-Step 3. Use a dry towel:

Take a clean and dry towel and use it to apply pressure on the area that is under treatment.

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-Step 4. Repeat:

Carry the steps 1 to 3 again and again. Continue until you can't see the baking soda stain anymore.

-Step 5. Let it dry:

Leave the treated area to dry. You can turn some fans on and increase airflow in your house by opening windows that are across each other.

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Method 2: Use a steam cleaner

If you don't want to take the DIY approach while removing baking soda or if you still have the powder stains on your carpet even after trying the first method, no worries.

You can buy a steam cleaner or rent one. It will get the job done for you.

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It is advisable to take the help of professionals if you fear that matters could get out of your hands. Call the best cleaner in your area before your carpet becomes a bigger mess.

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The bottom line is that baking soda can ruin your vacuum cleaner. Avoid letting the two come in contact at all costs. Both of them aren't meant to be together.

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By Mary Evans

Vacuums, Steam Cleaners, Robot Cleaners, etc.

My name is Mary and I'm a mother of 3! I worked for a big company for 10 years until I decided to stay at home to take care of my family. Every since cleaning has become sort of my hobby and profession at the same time. I write about vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners, etc. I just find it a lot of fun!

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My name is Mary and I'm a mother of 3! I worked for a big company for 10 years until I decided to stay at home to take care of my family. Every since cleaning has become sort of my hobby and profession at the same time. I write about vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners, etc. I just find it a lot of fun!

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