Thursday, December 9, 2010

The problem with vacuum cleaners

Yes I know only too well!  Vacuum cleaners are a very important part of our lives when it comes to cleaning but for me there are a few problems to deal with.  I won't spend too much time on this topic except to give you my short list of problems.


First, I can't tell when the bag is full.  That is, if the bag is actually in the shape of a plastic cup.  In most cases, a sighted person can see the level of fullness through the transparent panel but for me; I need to open it up and use my fingers to decipher the level.

Second, it is difficult for me to tell how good a job the vacuum cleaner has done on my carpet.  I can't really tell if it has picked up the majority of dust and fluff.

Third, I have to ensure that my electrical chords and plants are out of the way of my vacuum cleaners or else they will be eaten up by the latter. 

It would be the same for a sighted person but I need to be more careful with this. 

Finally, I have to ensure that I do not dent my furniture with my vacuum cleaner; the same for the sighted person but I need to be much more careful.


I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day.  To learn how blind persons use vacuum cleaners, visit,, or  

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