Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Frugal Home: Reusing Vacuum Filters

I have owned two vacuums that used filters rather than bags to catch dust.  Both of them came with instructions that these filters could not be reused.  But I felt that since the filters were just made out of a synthetic, nonwoven fabric that they should be able to be cleaned somehow.

The Type Of Filter My Vacuum Uses

When emptying the dust bin on the vacuum cleaner I use a rubber scrub brush to clean out the dust and bird feathers from the filter.  By tapping the filter briskly with the scrub brush more dust will come loose.  I like the rubber brush as it doesn't rough up the surface of the filter, but it does grab all of the dirt.

Once a month I hose the filter clean (you can also use a mild dish soap) and let it dry thoroughly before putting it back in the vacuum cleaner.  I have used the same filter for a couple of years without any loss of function.  As long as the filter material remains in good condition is can be reused.

My rubber scrub brush is from the FlyLady and I really like it.  It is also very good at getting hair and dirt off of upholstery.  But, I am sure there are other rubber brushes out there.

In this case a little labor can save a great deal of money.  Which can be said about many things about the house.

God bless,


  1. Neat brush-I've never seen one like it before. I clean the filters on a vacumn I use at a friends house too!

  2. I love your blog! I always read helpful stuff in here and this one is another addition to them. Just like you, we also use a vacuum cleaner with filters. And for the years that we’ve been using it, we always throw the used disposable filter away. Had I thought of a way to recycle them, I would’ve saved a lot. Thank you for sharing!

    Sharen Ambrose