Nobody likes the smell of trash. It can stink up your kitchen and ruin your appetite—plus, the odor gets much worse during hot weather!
Don’t let the smelly garbage put a damper on your day! Check out these tips to keep your trash can odor-free.
Tip #1. Wash your trash can
The first step to having an odor-free trash can is cleaning it. Washing your trash can will eliminate all the bad smells from the bin. Here are three ways you can clean it, depending on your needs:
Soapy water is the most forward way of washing your trash can, and it will work just fine for regular clean-ups. You just need to give it a good scrub with a damp sponge and rinse!
However, if you’re struggling with stubborn stains or stuck-on grime, you may need to put in more effort.
White vinegar will help you loosen up the stains in your trash can without having to scrub so hard.
To clean using vinegar, fill the can with one cup of vinegar per gallon of water, and add one tablespoon of dish soap. Then, use a brush to swirl the solution around the trash can and let it rest for half an hour. Once the time’s up, you can empty the can, rinse it, let it dry, and that’s it!
Using bleach is your best option if you struggle with lingering smells. It is a more potent cleaning agent that removes stains and disinfects your trash can, eliminating foul odors.
Fill a spray bottle with water and add a tablespoon of bleach. Then spritz the inside of your can and let it rest for ten minutes. Once the time’s up, scrub and rinse the can. Just remember to take precautions—wear gloves and clean in a ventilated area!
Tip #2. Use a deodorizer
After you clean your trash can, you can use a deodorizer to keep the smells at bay for longer. There are plenty of options for this, but here are three of the easiest ones to get a hold of:
Baking soda is a common household item, so it’s likely you already own some. To use baking soda as a deodorizer, sprinkle it at the bottom of the can before placing a new bag. That’s it!
Cat litter is specifically designed to eliminate foul odors and absorb moisture. So, even if you don’t own a cat, kitty litter is a great option to deodorize your trash cans. All you need to do is put some litter on the bottom of the can and then replace the bag.
Dryer sheets are easy to find at any store and will work wonders for deodorizing a trash can in a pinch. Just place a couple of sheets at the bottom of the can and forget about having bad smells in your kitchen!
Tip #3. Take out the trash regularly
Regularly taking out the trash will go a long way to having an odor-free can. However, we know that it can be an unpleasant task. So, if it’s not something you’re looking forward to, you can hire CalMaids to help you take care of it!
With our regular cleaning service, we can take care of the trash for you and leave your whole house nice and clean. Get a quote here!