How to Get Rid of Trash Can Odor

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The trash can is a big bad problem when it comes to it being smelly. I’m sure many of you are like me, and you hate when your garbage can stinks.

We have some helpful tips to help keep your home or even office from smelling like a landfill.

Take The Trash Out

The first thing you’ll need to do is go to all the trash cans in your home or office and take out the trash and take them to there proper location outside of your home.

Give It A Good Clean

People often forget to wash their trash cans regularly. Trash bags are not perfect, and people often miss when throwing trash away, so it’s a great idea to give the good old trash can a bath once in a while.

Most trash cans are made of plastic, so clean up is super easy. I like to take the can outside and rinse it out with a garden hose.

My secret sauce to clean the trash can is to use Simple Green. Get the can thoroughly wet and spray every part of it with simple green and let it just soak it in.

Just rinse out the whole can with the garden hose to remove all the soap.

A Little Tip

Since you’re here, I want to give you a little tip to help to take the trash bag out of the can. Put small holes near the bottom, and removing the bag will be super easy and fluid.

Don’t put holes at the very bottom, but on the sides toward the bottom. Placing holes at the very bottom can backfire if a bag leaks out. Just a little hack I picked up from a friend.

You Got To Keep Them Separated

One other tip to keep the smell down in the trash can is to have different types of trash cans. Some items will stink more than others, so why not keep them separated?

Have a can for papers and cardboard to make recycling easier.

Have a can for recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans. No need to have one can if you can recycle.

Have a compost can for the stuff that is biodegradable. This is where most of your smells come from, and you can put it to work. You can even buy Composting Bins.  You can then use this for a garden or anything that needs fertilizer. This is the perfect place to place all peels, rotten food, old veggies, and other foodstuffs you can’t use anymore.

Make sure you have at least one outside trash can. This can be any your regular can you pull around for the trash people to pick up. Just make sure it has a lid to keep the animals away. This can should be the can for all the nasty stuff that needs to out of the house.

What About Diapers?

So what do we do about throwing away diapers? Well, Diapers will need there own trash can. I highly recommend you don’t ever throw a diaper away in a regular trash can that is in your house.

The good news is that their trash cans made for just diapers. Diaper Trash Cans are the best way to take care of odors that a diaper can unleash into the trash. Well worth the money!

How To Maintain and Deodorize the Trash

Besides regular cleaning, you may find that you’ll need to have some little extra help to keep the trash from smelling in-between cleanings.

I’ve heard a lot of crazy ways to keep the odor down, like using orange peels, lemons, coffee, or any food product. To be honest, these don’t help and are apart of the problem. Using foods like oranges are causing the bacteria to appear and also bringing in the fruit flies. It just snows balls out of control.

There is one natural home remedy that does work, and its called baking soda. Baking soda will absorb the odors right up. If the can is starting to get stinky, sprinkle some baking soda into it.

If the trash can is metal or has holes in, just put some baking soda in a coffee filter and tie it up and drop into the can. Baking soda works great to fight the odors.