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11 Things you’ve forgotten you can use a vacuum for

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What would we do without a vacuum?

Vacuums can seem like pretty big investments. That's why it's important to get the most bang for your buck. Sure, it'll make your carpets look nice, but what else can you do with that hunk of metal and plastic? We have a few ideas.
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What would we do without a vacuum?

Vacuums can seem like pretty big investments. That's why it's important to get the most bang for your buck. Sure, it'll make your carpets look nice, but what else can you do with that hunk of metal and plastic? We have a few ideas.

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There's a chance you might have tried some of these bright ideas already. Maybe you just forgot about how awesome that suction can be. Or maybe you're a vacuum owning newb. Either way, we've rounded up our favorite uses for a vacuum that will surely make your life easier... or at least more fun.

1

Catching bugs

We still remember out first apartment. Plenty of light. Our kitchen decorated just so. The ground floor with our very first patio housing our very first grill. And the katydids. A whole fleet of them. Invading our home. Thankfully, the vacuum drowned out their chirping and kept them a comfortable three feet away during removal.

2

Finding lost items

Stupid earring backs. Stupid earrings! They're forever rolling off your dresser, right? (This might be the cat's fault.) Next time something tiny and precious goes missing, grab a pair of pantyhose and secure it over the hose of the vacuum, then get to sucking around under the dresser. It'll slurp up your earring without eating it.

3

Perfecting the pony tail

Observe...

4

Lint roller

With a powerful enough vacuum and a sturdy enough pant, you can use one of the attachments to run up and down your pants to suck up lint and animal hair. Just don't try it on anything too loose-fitting or it could be slurped into the mix.

5

"Brushing" the dog

Want to severely cut down on your allergies? Instead of brushing and then vacuuming up the pile of fur, take the vacuum directly to the dog. It will feel like a nice massage to him. Just so long as he's not one of those dogs already terrified of the vacuum. Then it's just cruel.

6

Making white noise

Need to hush the babies or drown out the raucous neighbors so you can get some rest of your own? Check out this trick! We suggest starting the vacuum further down the hallway until you find a distance that gets the job done without being overwhelming.

7

Teaching science

Whether you homeschool or are just looking for some educational fun, the vacuum is a great way to teach the kiddos about airflow and movement. This tutorial will help you prepare.

8

Making an airgun... for fun

Ready for family fun day? We suggest putting together this awesome vacuum-powered airgun. It's perfect for shooting light, soft things at each other.

9

Taking your baby for a walk

Like so...

10

Blow drying your hair

We're not sure in what universe you'd have a vacuum and not a blow dryer. But, if you're ever in a pinch: Put a clean bag in your vac, put it on reverse and go to town on your hair. (Maybe just give it a few seconds to puff out any settled in dust, first)

11

Flirting with the hubby

Next time he treads through your freshly vacuumed living room, instead of scolding him, give him a hickey by locking that hose attachment onto a butt cheek for a second. That'll teach 'im... and earn you your favorite grin.

See, y'all? Vacuuming doesn't have to be a beast. You just have to know how to use it to your advantage.

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