How to Stop Bins Smelling

8 July 2018

Ainsley Hunter

With summer around the corner, we all have been on the receiving end of smelly kitchen bins. Ambient heat tends to rot food and waste very quickly resulting in foul-smelling bins. This is particularly prominent as the temperatures rise during the summer season. The whiff of decomposing waste is enough to make anyone gag.

Most kitchen bins emit bearable odors on regular days, but the smells get worse as the days go by. To make matters worse, the smell of the foul decomposing waste materials also attracts unwanted pests, flies, and sometimes maggots! The first thing to do is to keep your trash cans away from direct sunlight since this can speed up the decomposing process and trigger unpleasant smells.

Keeping the kitchen and outside bins is a serious concern for health and sanitation. You would be able to clean and sanitize your kitchen bins with the help of a few friendly tips.

Let us look at ways that you can keep your bins clean and your home smelling fresh.

Keep the lid closed:

Most people forget that the key to keeping smells away is to keeping things shut. The same ideology applies to kitchen bins too. Keeping the lid shut tightly on your trash can helps keep the odors in, and pests and flies away. Minimize all nasty smells by securing your bins firmly with covers. With the variety of bins available in the markets today, getting a trash can with a foot pedal is easy. Avoid buying ones with swing lids since you have to touch the trash covers every time physically. This will dirty your hands and increase decontamination around the house.


Use newspapers:

Newspapers should be best friends with your kitchen bin. There is a brownish layer of liquid, moisture, and other rotting stuff that sticks to the bottom of the waste bin. The smell is exceptionally foul and can be nasty. Once you’re done cleaning out the trash, you should wash the container, and add some newspapers to the bottom of the trash can. Newspapers soak up excess moisture and liquids from the refuse and prevent any lingering smells in the can once the trash is taken out. If you want to discard strong smelling food items like meats, banana peels, fish, onion skins, and so on, wrap them up in a newspaper before throwing them in the waste. The best part about using newspapers is that your refuse can be sent directly to the compost bin since paper is compostable and recyclable.


Deep clean:

Whenever you get the time in the week, deep clean and thoroughly sanitize your trash can. The smelliest and dirtiest parts of your waste will be stuck to the inner bottom of the bin and will continue to rot even after the box has been cleaned. Deep clean the can by making a hot mixture of water and liquid dishwashing soap. Add the liquid to the can and let it steep for an hour or two. Move the fluid around every 15 minutes to ensure that it unsettles all cluttered and hardened material. Once done, throw the soapy water away and wash down with fresh soapy water and wipe dry with newspapers. Doing this will eliminate the foul-smelling liquids and keep pests, rodents, and flies away from your bin. Clean the lid as often as possible with sanitation wipes.


Use home remedies:

Use inexpensive home remedies to eliminate odors from your bin. Some of our favorites are:

  • Baking soda: sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your container to avoid smells. Baking soda helps absorb moisture and smells leaving your bin fresh. You could also sprinkle baking soda in between your trash to prevent the odors from rising from the lid.
  • Cat litter: Cat litter has fantastic odor absorbing qualities. While it does have its peculiar smell, cat litter can help reduce the odors from the bin extensively. Put a few scoopfuls of cat litter at the base of the rubbish bin for maximum effectiveness.
  • Coffee beans: coffee grounds (once used) are a fabulous way to avoid smells. Dry out used coffee grounds and add them to the bottom of the trash can (in a cloth or bowl) so that they can absorb all the moisture and smells.
  • Lemon slices: lemon slices work wonders for bins. Add a few lemon slices or wedges to the bottom of the trash can to keep your bi smelling fresh all day long.
  • Vinegar: Mix vinegar and hot water and use it to wash your bin. Vinegar helps sanitize your bin while successfully eliminating all odors.