All the ways to use a regular vaccuum cleaner to get into super tight spaces.

How to Hack Your Regular Vacuum to Reach Into Tight Spaces

It’s been several years since a reader told me about an affordable, super-effective tool I could attach to my vacuum cleaner’s hose that would let me vacuum places that no vacuum had ever gone before. Every time I use it, I wonder how I had lived so long without VaccuFlex.


All the ways to use a regular vaccuum cleaner to get into super tight spaces.


Meet VaccuFlex Kit

Hose and Vacuum cleanerWhat’s so ingenious about a VaccuFlex Kit is that by combining its seven parts—which are food-grade and therefore safe to use in the kitchen—I can create  the perfect combination to fit any size vacuum cleaner hose to get into any size space.

Vaccuflex plus my Shark Vaccum is not like some little battery-powered mini vac. With this remarkable add-on accessory, I have all of the power of my Shark behind VaccuFlex.


Clothes dryer

My first clue that things were not quite right with my clothes dryer was when suddenly it was taking forever to get anything dry!

I’d checked and re-checked the lint trap, so that wasn’t the problem. Turns out it was all kinds of lint that had been trapped behind the trap farther inside the machine. And in the dryer vent line.

My laundry appliances are stacked so pulling the dryer down to get into those areas from the back was not at all practical. That’s when in desperation, I ordered a VaccuFlex kit.

I removed the lint trap and stuck that hose all the way into that area. It was amazing. Sharky nearly filled itself before I stopped pulling out lint balls. Then I went outdoors to vacuum through the outside of the dryer vent. And that fixed the problem.


I use a clean VaccuFlex tube to vacuum all the crumbs and bits out of my kitchen drawers. It’s super easy and fast because there is no need to remove flatware, utensils, etc.

And that area around my coffee grinder? That thing is messy and throws fine coffee grinds into cracks, crevices, and drawer guides. VaccuFlex to the rescue for that and for reaching under the refrigerator, too.



To me, car vacs can be troublesome. They’re either too wimpy and powerless, or the cord is too short; or if cordless, lacking in runtime. Using a full-power vacuum cleaner with VaccuFlex is the way to detail the inside of a car.

See that tiny hose? That can get into the tightest spots to super-suction out all of the stuff that accumulates in car seats, floors, door compartments, center console, and dashboard. This is the way to vacuum tight spaces!


Door and window tracks

What is it about door and window tracks that they simply refuse to get clean? It’s the corners and that area right next to the tracks that can be absolutely impossible to keep clean!

The solution is to make sure those areas are perfectly dry, then put VaccuFlex on the job. I’ve discovered it’s easier to first loosen the dirt and debris with a good brush.


Clogged sink

Warning: To perform this household rescue, you must attach VaccuFlex to a wet-dry vacuum. Shark vacuums are NOT wet-dry! This Vacmaster is my choice for an excellent wet-dry vacuum, which works well with Vaccuflex.

If you have a hopelessly clogged sink, it’s possible that you can quickly clear that clog with VaccuFlex attached to a wet-dry vacuum. Video demonstration.


There are so many other ways VaccuFlex has made my life easier—cleaning out air returns, condensation lines, p-traps, and HVAC systems, to name a few.

Such a great invention!



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  1. Cally Ross says:

    In my son’s apartment complex the maintenance guy uses a leaf blower in the dryer vent to shoot that lint right out the trap, and clear the hose. (then the birds use it for nesting) I’ve been using the leaf blower in my home dryer and feel so proud when that blast of lint flies out!

  2. Miriam Kearney says:

    Mary – the vacu flex sounds like a dream for many of my problems. But it is not available on Amazon – got that ‘don’t know if or when it will be available message’. Any idea where to find it?


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