How to Disinfect a Trash Can
The kitchen trash can and recycling bin are among the most neglected spots when it comes to cleaning, with roughly 400 bacteria per square inch living and breeding on the surface*. Without proper disinfection, you're running a big risk of spreading illness-causing bacteria and pathogens that live in the garbage you throw away, including cold, flu, E. Coli, Salmonella and more.
Bacteria are among the fastest reproducing organisms in the world, doubling every 4-20 minutes! A weekly disinfecting routine is recommended, to stop the spread of disease-causing microorganisms and common illnesses. If you're dealing with a more serious mess like juices from raw meat or used tissues escaping the garbage bag, you'll want to disinfect your trash bin immediately.
People commonly use disinfecting wipes because they seem convenient, but those often require that surfaces remain wet for up to 10 minutes in order to be effective. If your trash can isn't wet for the entire time, those germs can remain alive and able to spread.
Keeping a surface wet with disinfecting wipes can be more difficult than you might think. Many of them contain alcohol, which can cause the liquid to dry quickly. This can make it difficult to keep the surface wet without re-wiping multiple times, resulting in a potential waste of both time and money. Additionally, alcohol can also cause premature cracking of plastic and vinyl, while bleach wipes can cause surface discoloration.
A fast-acting spray-application disinfectant will allow you to disinfect the hard-to-reach areas that wipes can't, and ensures that the surface remains wet for the proper time so germs are, in fact, killed. Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner eliminates cold, flu, E. Coli, Salmonella, Staph and other illness-causing bacteria in 2 minutes or less, remaining wet and active on hard, non-porous surfaces long enough to do its intended job.
- Empty the trash can and remove any lingering mess. Remove leftover scraps and build-up prior to cleaning.
- Rinse out the can. If you have access to a hose, take the trash can outside and hose it down. If your outdoor space is limited, this can also be done in the bathtub or shower.
- Apply Simple Green Clean Finish. Spray the trash can liberally until the surface is completely covered. Don't forget the top and bottom of the can.
- Scrub with a stiff brush to remove any gunk and to get into the corners of the can.
- Allow it to remain visibly wet for two minutes.
- Dry. After two minutes, leave the trash can sitting upside down to air dry or wipe dry with a clean cloth or paper towels.
- If you rinsed the trash can in the bathtub or shower, spray those surfaces with Simple Green Clean Finish and allow to remain visibly wet for 2 minutes.
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