Many people rarely think about cleaning their trash cans, despite the fact that they are one of the filthiest items in the house. Old food contaminates trash cans, causing bacteria to develop. This bacteria often emits a nasty odor that can spread throughout the house. However, cleaning trash cans regularly can prevent these odors.
Scrub the trash can, inside and out, at least once a week. Fill the trash can with hot water and bleach. Allow it to soak for at least an hour to loosen caked-on food, then scrub it inside and out. Rinse thoroughly and air dry. Disinfectant spray can remove any bacteria that remains after cleaning trash cans.
Cleaning trash cans also involves preventing odors. This can be done by placing baking soda in the bottom of the trash cans, under the liner. Spreading the baking soda thickly will help improve the odor absorption. Replace the baking soda weekly, after cleaning trash cans out.
If, after cleaning trash cans, the smell still remains, try using scented trash can liners to cover it up. Trash can liners are available in vanilla, rose, pine, and lavender scents, as well as many others. It is still recommended that you clean the trash can regularly because, although the smell is covered up, the bacteria that causes it remains.
Carpet powder, when placed under the trash can liners, will also disguise any odors. Sprinkle the carpet powder on the bottom of the trash can, after cleaning it thoroughly. Carpet powder that contains baking soda will absorb odors and also add a pleasant fragrance.
The use of trash can liners on a regular basis can prevent future odors. They trap food and trash, preventing it from making contact with the trash can itself. Take the trash out as soon as it is full to prevent an overflow.
Food such as raw meat, fish and old vegetables should be tied up in a leak-proof bag before being disposed of. This will prevent a lingering odor that will likely remain after cleaning trash cans. Dirty diapers should also be bagged individually if possible, as the smell will spread through the house.
Clean the outside of the trash can daily, with the regular household chores, to remove bacteria caused by foods. Use a disinfectant cleaner and a damp cloth to wipe down the top and sides of the trash can. Follow up with a disinfectant spray.