This is a followup to last week’s frugal challenge that involved cleaning your kitchen trash can. HBHW reader Susan asked the following question in a comment.
I get tired of the smell from trash can, is there a good way to eliminate it?
Great question, and yes there are actually several…
1) Take your trash out frequently. The best way to insure this happens is to get an appropriately sized trash can. If you live by yourself, opt for a small one. The goal here is to get yourself to take out the garbage at least every other day.
2) If you are throwing something out that you know will smell (like meat that’s about to go bad, or a carton of expired eggs), double bag it using plastic grocery store bags before you toss it in the trash. We also did this for poopy disposable diapers when our daughter was an infant. Worked great and there was no need for one of those fancy diaper genies.
3) If your trash can still smells after you take out the garbage, it’s time to give it a good scrubbing with a mixture of water and bleach. I mix 1 gallon of water with 2 cups of bleach and let it set in the trash can for a while. Next I use brush to scrub the sides of the trash can. This is best done outside by the way.
4) Sprinkle a little baking soda in the bottom of your trash can. It will help eliminate some of the odor. It’s also a good idea to sprinkle some more as the trash starts to get funky.