HOW TO CLEAN A GARBAGE CAN
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Your outdoor garbage can doesn't take up space or stink up the inside of your home, but that doesn't mean it doesn't require attention from time to time. If you find yourself holding your breath, tossing your full trash bag into the can, and running away, it may be time for a deep cleaning.
As if the smell weren't convincing enough, old garbage scraps and smells can attract flies, maggots, rats, and other pests no one wants lurking around their homes.
Cleaning your garbage can with bleach could lead to permanent damage, depending on what type of trash bin you're working with. Cleaning with bleach can also cause skin irritation and leave you breathing in harsh fumes.
Other cleaning agents like dish soap are useful for removing grease and leftover food from pots and pans, but they may not be heavy-duty enough for leftover garbage grime.
Clean your outside garbage can with the biodegradable* deodorizing, and degreasing power of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. It removes stubborn grime, grease, and lingering odors without bleach found in many other cleaners.
Use the directions below to clean out your trash can at least twice a year.
Before you begin cleaning, move your garbage can close to your water source and where it is easy for water to drain. We also recommend wearing gloves to avoid accidentally touching any unidentified gunk.
TIP: There are numerous methods for odor elimination and prevention in garbage bins between deep cleanings. A sprinkling of baking soda in the bottom of plastic cans can help absorb lingering smells. Other alternatives include dryer sheets and cotton balls drizzled with drops of essential oils.
*Note, be sure to dispose of the garbage can runoff in a sanitary sewer system or divert it onto dirt/gravel, rather than disposing into a storm drain.
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