Dyson warns against viral cleaning hack: 'Do not recommend'

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A viral cleaning hack that was shared to Facebook last week is being shut down by Dyson, who are warning customers not to try it at home.

The hack was shared to the Facebook page Mums Who Clean with the user sharing that she put a Fluffy dryer sheet into the barrel of her Dyson stick vacuum, revealing it left her home smelling lovely while she cleaned. 

Dyson has warned customers who own their stick vacuums against using a 'game-changing' cleaning hack that went viral recently. Photo: Facebook
Dyson has warned customers who own their stick vacuums against using a 'game-changing' cleaning hack that went viral recently. Photo: Facebook

"Not sure if anyone has done it but I love putting the fluffy drying sheets in my Dyson vac barrel," she said.

"Let’s out a lovely smell while I’m vacuuming."

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The popular dryer sheets, which are available online and at Woolworths, are usually used to give clothes a nice smell while drying.

"While we love the idea of finding ways to reduce bad odours in your home, we would never recommend intentionally including large foreign objects in the bin of a Dyson vacuum as it could reduce the functionality of the primary cyclone and cause a loss of suction power," Jonathan McGaughey, Lead Separation Systems Engineer at Dyson told Yahoo Lifestyle

The hack was shared by a mum who said she put a Fluffy dryer sheet into the barrel of her Dyson vacuum. Photo: Facebook
The hack was shared by a mum who said she put a Fluffy dryer sheet into the barrel of her Dyson vacuum. Photo: Facebook

"We do not recommend that owners expose their machines to any liquid including water, or essential oils. Owners should refer to the instructions in the manual provided with the machine upon purchase, as usage of their machine outside of what it’s designed to do may void their guarantee."

The hack, which received over 700 likes and 200 plus comments, was met with praise from mums who couldn’t wait to try the hack saying said their vacuums often smelled after cleaning.

"So you just pop it in the barrel? This is genius!" One impressed woman said.

"This is so clever as my Dyson always smells of our fur babies!" said another.

"I shall try this thank you!! My vacc smells like dirt when I use it no matter how clean the filter is!" commented a third.

Others wisely suggested it wasn't a great idea for the motor.

"I think this is cool but you want to be careful it doesn't put a film of fabric softener on the barrel or the filter. You don't want it to cause the motor to crash or cause a fire," one person cautioned.

"I would be worried about the motor overheating doing this as it would block the airflow. This would void your warranty," another said.

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