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Your garbage can should look shiny and clean, even if it is just for holding your trash, here are my brilliant tips on how to clean your garbage can.

Whether you call it a garbage bin, wheelie bin or trash bin, this item in your home gets pretty darn dirty if not cleaned on a regular basis. Garbage bins can start to smell if not cleaned and they just look rather disgusting after a while don’t you agree?

Common household chores, like cleaning your garbage bin, often get overlooked because the bin is out of sight, and out of mind. Just like your fridge and your kitchen cabinets, you probably don’t clean them on a regular basis because it’s a lot of work and it’s easy to put those chores off.

Your garbage can is no different. Even though you take out your garbage often, do you look inside your bin to see how dirty it is in there often too? Probably not. It’s important to clean and disinfect your garbage bin at least once a month because there are germs that you cannot see in there and you don’t want a yucky smell to come from there either.

Here are my best tips on how to clean your garbage can.

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How to Clean Your Indoor Garbage Can

Before you start to clean your garbage bin, take out the trash so that the bin is empty since you cannot clean a full up garbage bin.

Once your trash is out, your can deep clean your stinky garbage can with just a few simple tools which you probably already have at home. If you can, clean your bin outside so that the fresh air and sunlight can help aid the clean.

  1. Take your favourite all-purpose cleaner and spray the outside of the garbage bin. I like to use Method Cleaner or make a bottle of cleaner using dish soap and water. Whatever you choose, any all-purpose cleaner will do.
  2. Spray the inside of the garbage can with your all-purpose cleaner. Make sure that it is entirely soaked with the all-purpose cleaner to help dissolve any stains in the bin.
  3. With the all-purpose cleaner soaking the bin, sprinkle on some baking soda to help deodorize any foul odours. Coat the bottom of the can completely. Leave the all-purpose cleaner and baking soda on to do its thing for 10 minutes.
  4. Wipe the outside of the bin with a microfiber cloth making sure to wipe up all of the cleaner you sprayed on earlier.
  5. Use a scrub brush and scrub the inside of the bin well. Make sure to get any remaining grime off the bin, and rinse the scrub brush as needed. Don’t forget to scrub the lid!
  6. Rinse off the baking soda and all-purpose cleaner with a garden hose, or an extension of your sink. If you don’t have either, use your bathtub!
  7. Disinfect your garbage bin with hydrogen peroxide or a Lysol or Clorox cleaner.
  8. Dry your bin properly with a microfiber cloth. If it is stainless steel, buff it out nicely for a streak-free shine and add some coconut oil or olive oil to the cloth to give it an extra shine.
  9. Place newspaper or regular paper to the bottom of the bin so that it is much easier to clean the bin next time.
  10. Repeat this process twice a year for a clean and shiny bin!
  11. Remember to wipe down your bin during your weekly deep cleans so that it remains shiny on the outside.
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How To Keep Trash Can Smelling Fresh

To keep your trash can smelling fresh, sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of the bin before placing in a new trash bag. This is an eco-friendly way to keep things fresh. If you like, you can use old newspaper, or any other scrap paper to line the bottom of the bin as well to make things easier to clean up later.

How To Clean An Outdoor Garbage Bin

If you want to clean a stinky outdoor garbage bin, it is a good idea to have a hose or a pressure washer on hand to get the job done.

  1. Make sure the bin is empty.
  2. Add dish soap to the bottom of the bin.
  3. Use your garden hose or pressure washer and spray the inside of the can. Wash out all the soap and drain any excess water.
  4. If the trash can is stilly grimy, spray an all-purpose cleaner inside the can and let it sit for 15 minutes out in the sun.
  5. 15 minutes later, spray some more all-purpose cleaner inside the can to get an even better clean, and wait another 15 minutes.
  6. If you need to get some stuck-on debris off the sides of the trash can, use an old broom or another brush with a longer handle to scrub the grime off.
  7. After your last 15 minutes have elapsed, spray down the bin with your pressure washer or hose.
  8. Leave the lid of the bin open so that the sun can dry it out and disinfect it.
  9. Repeat the same process for your recycling bins and compost bins.
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Bonus Tips For Stinky Trash Cans

  • Store your trash can outside and not inside your garage. An enclosed space can make the garbage bin smell worse.
  • Keep your garbage bins in a shady spot outside so that the sun does not make the smell worse in the hot summer heat.
  • Hide your trash cans out of sight with an outdoor screen like this to give your home curb appeal while storing your garbage outside.

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