How To Eliminate Stinky Trash Can Odors
Hello my foxy friends! It’s Christine again, from First Home Love Life. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend remembering and honoring our heroes who have fallen and celebrating those still with us. Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for most of us, but here in FL it’s been pretty summer like for at least a month!
I love being able to celebrate long summer nights and have great casual parties this time of year, but one thing I’ve always noticed is the undeniable funk that comes from the garbage after the guests have left and you’re cleaning up. Woooo weeeee does it stink! Garbage is especially potent in the summer months and I find myself even hosing out the outdoor cans on a bi-weekly basis! So I’m here today to share with you 5 super easy ways to get a handle on that stench. Whether it’s for your inside kitchen can or your outdoor bins these tips and tricks will definitely help!
1. Baking Soda– Every time you add scraps into the kitchen can sprinkle about 1/2 cup of baking soda on top. It will help absorb the odor.
2. Dryer Sheets– Before putting a new trash bag into your kitchen canister, line the bottom with a few scented dryer sheets. It will help neutralize the odors and give it a fresher scent. Just make sure your kitchen trash can is already clean at the bottom and no science experiments are growing down there 😉
3. Paper Towels– A layer of absorbent paper towels at the bottom of your can will help with those unexpected trash leaks! They also will absorb any moisture and prevent mold and mildew smells.
4. Cat Litter– Don’t laugh! It works like a charm! I do this not only in my kitchen but in our small bathroom cans as well. It absorbs any lingering smells and moisture from the bottom of your garbage pail! All it takes is about a 1-inch layer, and ta-da no more stink!
5. Borax– Most smells come from mold and bacteria growing in our garbage cans, so sprinkling 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax at the bottom of your can will inhibit mold and bacteria from growing!
*Bonus tip- Do you have raccoons and opossums going after your garbage every night? They do not like mint! Plant a bunch of it around the area you keep your outdoor garbage cans and not only will it deter them from rummaging through your garbage, but it will help with the stinky smell outside as well!
I hope you all loved these simple ideas to keep the funky garbage smell at bay! I’d love to hear anymore tips or tricks you’ve figured out as well, so leave me a comment and let me know how you control trash odor!
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See you next month friends, take care!