How often do you clean your garbage can? Yearly? Monthly? Never? Garbage cans are yet another neglected household necessity that most of us forget about until they start to smell. But is there a point to cleaning something that has only one purpose: collecting the dirty junk you no longer want? Of course you should clean your garbage can! Do you want to collect bugs and rodents along with your trash?
But what’s the best way to clean, disinfect and deodorize your garbage can? You could always burn it in a cleansing fire, but that seems a bit extreme and will require you to buy a new garbage can. Maybe put the matches down and pick up some of these safer cleaning products instead.
1. Baking soda & tea tree oil
If you want to deodorize your garbage can as well as clean it, try this combination. Mix 1 cup baking soda with 1 teaspoon tea tree oil. Get rid of any lumps and then sprinkle it in the bottom of your can. The main downside to this is that the strong scent of tea tree oil can be overwhelming. If you’re not a fan of the smell, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
If you have a smaller garbage can, you can fill it with Borax and water. Let this mixture soak for a while before rinsing it out. After the can is dry, sprinkle a thin layer of Borax in the bottom of the can to prevent new odors.
If you don’t want to make your own cleaner, pick up some Fabuloso from the store and pour it in your garbage can with hot water. Use a sponge or scrub brush to clean the sides and rim of the container and then rinse it out with clean water. This option might cost a little more than making your own mixture, but it’s convenient if you’re short on time.
4. Deodorizing disks
This tip is for those of you who have a lot of spare time and want the best-smelling garbage cans in the neighborhood. First, gather up 2 cups baking soda, 1/2 cup water, your favorite essential oils and a cupcake baking pan. Then, follow these nine steps. The whole process takes around an hour, but you’ll end up with at least a dozen deodorizing disks and each one will keep your garbage cans smelling fresh for a couple weeks.
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