How to Unclog And Clean A Vacuum Hose?

By Jeneva Aaron Updated October 1, 2021

Cleaning out the clogs

How to Unclog And Clean A Vacuum Hose?

Has your vacuum cleaner stopped working properly? We know how frustrating it can be to clean your home with a vacuum that isn’t suctioning correctly. A clogged hose can disrupt air movement and cause a lot of hassle while you’re cleaning.

But, the good news is that it can be easy to remove the clog with an efficient cleaning process! There are some simple methods you can use to quickly wash as well as unclog any dirt stuck inside the hose of your vacuum.

With our step-by-step guide on how to clean a vacuum hose, you can get back to cleaning your home efficiently.

How Do You Clean a Clogged Vacuum Hose?

  • Unplug your vacuum cleaner and detach the hose.
  • Remove any clogs with a wire hanger or mop handle.
  • Clean your hose using clean cold water. Rinse your clean vacuum hose thoroughly.
  • Let it dry for up to 24 hours. Reattach the clean vacuum hose to your cleaner.
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How to clean a vacuum hose

Why Should You Clean Your Vacuum Hose?

Cleaning your vacuum hose is essential to keep your vacuum cleaner suction running smoothly.

How Often Should You Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner Hose?

Manufacturers don’t specify how often you should clean your vacuum’s hose. But, as a rule of thumb, you should clean your vacuum hose as needed.

When the suction gets weaker or you begin to smell bad odors coming from your vacuum, it’s time to clean it.

If you’re using your vacuum cleaner intensively, we recommend you check the hose every month. For example, if you have a busy household, kids, or pets you should inspect and clean your vacuum once a month.

Otherwise, if you use your vacuum less than that, checking your hose every three months should be enough.

How To Clean a Vacuum Hose

This cleaning process applies to all vacuums that have hoses. This includes any brand of vacuum such as Shark, Dyson, or even Bissell.


Depending on the brand or type of vacuum, removing the hose may be different for each model. So make sure you check your manufacturer’s guide to find out how to remove your vacuum hose properly.

Plus, newer models, especially stick vacuums, don’t have a hose. Instead, they have a wand, like this Dyson V10. But this cleaning method can still apply to wands. Just make sure the wand doesn’t have any electrical connections inside of it as this Shark Rotator model does.

In any case, always check your user guide to be sure there are no electrical connections in the wand.

1.Turn Off

First, switch your vacuum cleaner OFF and disconnect it from the power outlet before you begin cleaning. Not switching off your vacuum from the power supply while you’re cleaning can be dangerous and result in personal injury.

2.Detach the Hose

Then, detach the vacuum hose from the vacuum. How you do this will vary depending on the model you have.

In some cases, you have to detach the hose from a handle. In other cases, you’ll disconnect the hose from a wand, a cleaner head, or a dust cup. You’ll either have to twist the hose off or press a release button to remove it.

If you’re not sure how to remove the hose, stop and check the manufacturer’s guide.

3.Inspect Your Hose

Once you have detached the hose from all parts,visually inspect the inside of it. Check all openings of your hose for clogs or clumps of furniture stuffing. Lay the hose out flat to do this.

You can also use a flashlight to help find any obstructions or blockages inside of your hose.

4.Unclog and Remove Clumps

Then, it’s time to get rid of any clumps of dust, dirt and debris that are visible.

Use a broomstick handle, wire hanger, or any long stick that fits inside the entire length of the hose. And push it through to the other end of the hose. This can help you reach anything that’s stuck in the other end, middle, or top section of your hose.

Make sure to avoid using any excessive force to remove any clogs. It’s important to remember that your vacuum hose is lightweight and flexible. And too much force can cause damage to the material.


If there is a lot of dirt sticking inside your hose, we recommend that you clean it in your sink with cold clean water.

You can place the hose in your sink and wash it out with cold water. Make sure you completely submerge the entire hose to get rid of any dirt, dust, or debris that’s sticking to the hose material.

To clean the exterior off your hose you can wipe it with a damp cloth and mild detergent.


If you want to sanitize your hose, you can also use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.

White vinegar is made from acetic acid. So it’s a great household cleaning agent to use. It can be used to remove bacteria, germs, mold, and mineral deposits. It also acts as a natural deodorizer (1).

Baking soda is also a natural cleaning mineral abrasive (2). It can clean surfaces by creating friction that lifts off tough grime, debris, or dirt.

Add half a cup with two cups of white vinegar. Mix the two ingredients together with a liter of water and pour it through your hose. You can also use a bottle cleaning brush to push the mixture through the length of the hose.

To be completely safe, we asked Dyson support if it was okay to clean your vacuum hose with baking soda and white vinegar. Here is their answer: “That should be fine as long as it is thoroughly dry when reattached. If not, it will likely cause an issue with the connection.”


Don’t forget to wash and rinse the inner hose completely and get rid of excess water.


You can hang the hose over your shower curtain rod to dry the inner folds. Make sure you let it hang dry completely for several hours before reattaching your hose.


Finally, reassemble the clean vacuum and reattach your hose.

Make sure you reassemble it properly before you switch your cleaner back on.


Do not use hot or warm water. Also, do not use any harsh detergent or dish soap. And always make sure you check with your manufacturer if you can wash your vacuum hose with this method.

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Clog-free Vacuum Cleaners

A clogged vacuum can lead to many problems with your vacuum. It can be frustrating trying to clean your home with a vacuum that isn’t suctioning properly. Plus, it can lead to bad odors or overheating issues.

But now you know that you can easily clean and remove any clogs in your vacuum hose before it leads to bigger problems. Like any other appliance, with regular maintenance and cleaning, you can ensure your clean vacuum cleaner continues to run smoothly.

Remove any large clogs or clumps with a wire hanger or stick and wash the hose with cold water in the sink. You can also sanitize your vacuum using vinegar and baking soda. But avoid using hot water and strong detergents or dish soap.

Follow our step by step guide to clean and unclog your hose. With these cleaning tips, you’ll be able to remove any clogs in your hose and increase the efficiency and lifespan of your vacuum!

Do you have any questions about how to clean a vacuum hose? Let us know in the comments below! Or share this article with a friend if you enjoyed it.

About the Author

Jeneva Aaron

Jeneva has over years of passion for home decorating and cleaning. She is the founder and CEO of where she provides honest and objective reviews on home and cleaning products.

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