The Noise Of A Vacuum Cleaner Could Make You Money

Is that the weirdest blog post heading you ever saw or what?

You may be forgiven for thinking that I’ve had a few too many ales tonight and this is just the ramblings of a drunken fool but stick with me as this promises to get interesting, if a little weird.

Okay, let me start with a slightly strange confession, ever since I can remember I’ve found that the sound of a vacuum cleaner really relaxes me, in fact it relaxes me to the point of making me want to fall asleep. In fact, it’s not just vacuum cleaners but hair dryers too and my all time favourite…the industrial road sweeper which is one of the biggest vacuum cleaners you can get…I never like to do things by halves πŸ™‚

Now hold on, I can see you all now backing away from me and smiling nervously whilst simultaneously reaching for a straight jacket but wait, there is a reasoning behind this.

I have actually looked into this and it’s more common than you might think….no, it is HONESTLY!!

In fact, the English football player Wayne Rooney talks about this ‘quirk’ in his autobiography ‘My Story’ and you can read an article about this at the end of this post.

Now the science bit, apparently, the sound a vacuum cleaner emits is white noise which is very similar to the noise inside a mothers womb and tests have shown that babies find this noise very comforting… fact, not just babies but adults too.

It’s the same reason why some people like the sound of rain or a waterfall or any sort of rhythmic repeated noise, it’s very relaxing.

Ok, so I’ve managed to convince you that I’m not actually a candidate for the funny farm but what the heck has this got to do with making money?

Well, as you know, I’m into niche marketing, which is basically selling products in specialised markets and would you believe that there is actually a market for people who want to buy vacuum cleaner CD’s?

Yes it’s true.

Check out this link HERE

Also, check out the Amazon marketplace by typing in ‘white noise CD’s’ and you”ll get lots of results back with people selling everything from vacuum cleaner noise to hair dryer noise, specifically aimed at mothers trying to get their babies off to sleep.

So, can all the marketers among you see the potential yet?

How easy would it be to record a CD of vacuum cleaner noise, package it up into a CD and sell it?

I mean, I would do this myself….if I could stay awake long enough


Wayne Rooney article:


  • Mike G

    Reply Reply August 30, 2010

    I can attest to this. As a kid I would drift off to sleep to comforting hum of the attic fan in the hallway outside my bedroom…Hmmm, where’s my recorder?

    • Edward Rush

      Reply Reply August 31, 2010

      Hi Mike

      Just goes to show that anything a little off the wall that interests us there are also others bound to be interested in it too.

      Now, thanks to the power of the internet we can find like minded people.

  • Patrick Scott Donovan

    Reply Reply August 30, 2010

    I work on Saturdays when the IT Dept in the casino is very quiet. I made arrangements with one of the housekeepers to stop by every Saturday to vacuum. And with your post, Eddy, I’ll be upfront and say it is one of the highlights of my week. For the vacuuming that is, not the housekeeper – although she’s a pleasant soul.

    Thank you for your explanation, Eddy. You’ve confirmed my fondness for vacuum “noise” has a sound basis. πŸ˜‰

    • Edward Rush

      Reply Reply August 31, 2010

      Hi Patrick

      This reminds me of when I used to work for a local newspaper and the office cleaning staff used to vacuum around our desks.

      It was all I could do to stay awake, very relaxing πŸ™‚

      By the way, did you know you can listen to different vacuum noises on youtube?

  • Diana

    Reply Reply August 30, 2010

    I can see there was no white noise around you early this morning! Still up at 3.00 a.m.! I, on the other hand, didn’t need any as I had half a glass of wine with dinner and promptly slept for nearly 11 hours! And now I am going to join your Guru Buddy System!

    • Edward Rush

      Reply Reply August 31, 2010

      Hi Diana

      Yes, I often like to work well into the wee small hours…another little quirk of mine πŸ™‚

  • Steven Dailly

    Reply Reply August 30, 2010

    Hi Edward,

    I am sucker for your blog posts. Sorry about the bad vacuum joke! Great Post, just shows you can find profitable niche markets in the most unlikely areas.

    Keep up the good work.


    • Edward Rush

      Reply Reply August 31, 2010

      Oooh…(groans) πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the kind comments Steve

  • Montana Joan

    Reply Reply August 30, 2010

    Hi Eddy, Yes! I love rain it really makes me feel happy always has.
    I don’t know why! I have meditated for about 30 yrs (those days you didn’t mention it as people may have thought me strange.)I am a true believer of mind over matter it really works. You CAN do anything you put your mind to.
    I never take medicines,Thank GOD Im healthy, I go to the dentist and I have filling if required no needles, ECT I just put my mind to No pain.
    So I believe YOUR normal Eddy!
    I do believe there is an explanation for most things.
    I am going to read up on this that you mention above, as it interests me.
    People are making money online at all different things so it’s just a matter of keeping an open mind.
    Eddie Thank YOU so much for being there, you really are a gem. I love this course Guru Buddy knowing you are there to Genuinely help us succeed.
    You are going to have so many successful students me for one! So stick here folks and see.
    Be Lucky Montana.

    • Edward Rush

      Reply Reply August 31, 2010

      Joan, as usual, you are too kind πŸ™‚

  • Duane

    Reply Reply August 30, 2010

    to funny but sad but true

  • Ginger

    Reply Reply August 31, 2010

    This is one of the best post I’ve ever read. Although I don’t find the noise of a vacuum cleaner relaxing because, I clean houses and the sound reminds me of work. However I do sleep with a small fan by my bed to help block out noise.
    Thanks for the post!

    • Edward Rush

      Reply Reply August 31, 2010

      Hi Ginger.

      Hey what a coincidence, so do I πŸ™‚

      I guess because having a vacuum cleaner going all night is a little impractical πŸ™‚

  • David Maddux

    Reply Reply August 31, 2010

    Hey Edward,

    I love reading your blog posts! I don’t care how many ales it takes, keep it coming!

    Best wishes,

    David Maddux

    • Edward Rush

      Reply Reply August 31, 2010

      Hi David

      Thanks, and don’t worry, I’m full to the brim with this kind of nonesense!

      Hee Hee πŸ™‚

  • Lee Natvig

    Reply Reply September 4, 2010

    Interesting material. Better not pitch my thoughts here seeing that I am pretty opinionated. It really is important to possess ideas though.

  • Personalized Mugs

    Reply Reply November 17, 2010

    when using hair dryers, it would be better to use those low wattage types because they are not very damaging to the hair ~~,

  • brett

    Reply Reply March 26, 2011

    Well well well, when I had my first ever tape recorder in 1974, the vac was the first thing I recorded, I just couldn’t wait to have it on tap. I became aware of the Electrolux recording for babies in the early 90’s when I applied to Central TV’s First Cut series to make a short film about my passion, up until that point I thought I was alone!
    I have many recordings, some manipulated in wave lab and even one particlarly fierce emulation done on a guitar with various tracks for the different partials. I have drifted off to this kind of thing nearly every day for over 30 years and am currently enjoying my latest CD ‘The White Goods Album’ It features vacuums,lawn mowers, spinners, tumble dryers, hair dryers and yes I even chased the gutter sweeper down the road with a mini disc recorder. The womb noise comparison make total sense to me. As a small child, whenever my mom ran the vac round I would leap onto the setee, curl up into a phoetal position and cover my face for warm air and darkness which was integral to the pleasure. If you listen quietly on headphones, sometimes the most beautiful music can be heard. Last time I bought a Vacuum Cleaner, the assistant was astonished when I asked to hear it in action! I’m not paying all that money for a high pitched irritating whistle I said!
    This white noise theory also explains why so many people doze off at the wheel while driving at night, car sound also induces somnambulance. Deep Joy.

  • Krysta Iacono

    Reply Reply October 5, 2011

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

  • Tods Shoes

    Reply Reply March 30, 2012

    Everyday you give us a surprise !

  • Emma

    Reply Reply January 25, 2015


    Interesting article. I think there are lots of noise like those which a vacuum cleaner produces that send people off to sleep.

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