How To Empty Roomba Bin ( 3 Steps for any Model)

If you’re the proud owner of one of iRobot’s popular Roomba vacuum cleaners, you’ve probably been wondering how to empty your Roomba bin without much trouble. Luckily, your iRobot Roomba’s dustbin can be emptied relatively quickly, even if you’re not an expert on how vacuum cleaners work.

The Bin inside your iRobot Roomba can get quite full from time to time, depending on how often you use your vacuum and how much dirt it picks up from your floors. Here are the steps you should follow to safely and efficiently unclog your iRobot Roomba’s dustbin.

How to empty Roomba Bin?

In short: To empty the Roomba bin, first, remove the Bin from the Roomba by pressing the release button. Next, open the bin door and dump the contents into the trash. Be sure to shake the Bin out to remove any lingering debris. Finally, replace the Bin on the Roomba and press the “bin” button to reset the indicator light.

Depending on your model, the processes for opening a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner differ. At your Roomba series, the bin release tab may be in a different location than someone else’s series. As a result, it’s critical to disassemble and then reassemble the robot in the proper order. But you can still follow the below steps to do this.

Step 1: Remove the dust Bin

Remove the dustbin to empty bin

Before emptying your Roomba bin, press the bin release button and remove the dust bin from the robot. This step might differ depending on your model, but if it’s an older model like mine (600 series), it’s as simple as pressing down on a button.

Related: What to do if your Roomba won’t charge?

Step 2: Open the bin door and dump contents into the trash can.

Dump the contents from the bin

After removing the Bin from the Roomba, the second step is to open the bin door and dump the contents in a trash can. The door is directly above the Bin and should lift open like a hatch.

Tug at it, and if it doesn’t open, gently push on the sides of the door. Some models have an auto-open mechanism; press down on the bin door to make it swing open automatically.

For optimal performance, you should clean the Roomba’s inner and outer sensor ports using a moistened sponge. This will boost your robot’s cleaning performance.

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Step 3: Finally, reinstall the Bin

Reinstall the roomba bin after emptying

After completing steps 1 and 2 successfully, reattach your Roomba’s dustbin. Make sure it clicks back into place securely. You can test your vacuum by turning it on and pressing “CLEAN” or “DOCK.”

If everything is working correctly, you should see a green light on your robot vacuum—it is charging up for its next cleaning cycle! Congratulations!

I hope you can empty your Roomba bin by following the above methods. Share your experience in the comment box.


Q. Why does my Roomba keep saying to reinstall the Bin?

It’s called bin error. This can happen if you haven’t installed the dustbin properly. Make sure it snaps into place correctly. Try to see if the Bin is still open by lifting the lid.

But, if it lifts quickly, your Roomba has stopped working because something is clogging its wheels or there is insufficient suction for it to function correctly.

Be careful! Don’t touch the spinning brush.

Q. I emptied the Roomba bin, but it still says empty the Bin! Why?

If your Roomba keeps saying Empty the Bin (even if you emptied the dustbin), it might be due to a clogged bin filter. Because there is a sensor inside the Bin, and if the filter is clogged, it thinks the Bin is full and sends you this message. So, to fix this issue, clean the bin filter. To clean the filter,

  • First, remove the filter from the Bin.
  • Then, tap it against a hard surface to dislodge any debris.
  • If the filter is still dirty, you can rinse it with water.

Once the filter is clean, reattach it to the Bin and continue using your Roomba as usual.

Q. Can I wash Roomba bin in a dishwasher?

It is not dishwasher safe. It is designed to be rinsed by hand only. It cannot be cleaned in a dishwasher, a washing machine, or submerged in water. When you need to rinse your Bin, remove it from your Roomba, use warm tap water, and then dry it completely before reinstalling it.

Place it back on your robotic vacuum cleaner and connect the Roomba to WiFi so its cleaning schedule can continue normally.

Q. How do I know when my Roomba bin is full?

You’ll know it’s full when the light on the bottom of the dustbin starts to flash. The Roomba bin will begin to flash when it needs to empty.

This is an excellent indicator because you won’t go far in your cleaning routine before emptying your Bin.

Q. My Roomba bin isn’t filling

If your Roomba isn’t picking up as much dirt as it used to, or if your Roomba bin doesn’t seem to be filling up, there’s a chance your brush motor might not be working correctly. Here are a few things you can try:

Clean the brushes: Hair and other debris can build up on the brushes, making them less effective. Use the included brush-cleaning tool, or clean them by hand.

☞ Check for blockages: Look at the intake area of your Roomba where the brush motors are located. Is anything blocking the area, like hair wrapped around a wheel? Remove any obstructions that you find.

If you still have any other queries, feel free to comment here. Stay healthy and be happy with your cleaning assistance. See you in the next article!

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