>OOOOO so do you have any suggestions on getting the smell out of my bagged vacuum (which BTW does have a hepa filter, that was one of the reasons we bought it)???
Well, I only have some weak suggestions. You could open it as far as you can - that is, remove all the attachments and open the container where the bag is and remove the bag. If you are mechanically inclined, disassemble it down to major parts. Then you could wash everything that doesn’t mind soapy water, or use alcohol on paper towels, to clean interior surfaces. Then, you could leave it in this state someplace with nice ventillation for as long as you can, preferably someplace hot. And/or you could leave it running or leave it connected to a small fan or blower to keep air moving through it.
Smells come from gasses which are evaporating in the object you’re smelling. The longer those gasses come out, the less of them there will be left in the object. It is a drying-out process.
You could also try to ignore the smell, using the rationale that smells pass pretty quickly out of a home, unlike any dust that a bad vacuum cleaner emits, most of which will settle on surfaces and stay there until you remove them somehow.