I think I have finally arrived! My nephew Scott (and business partner) is seeking advice from “Jillee”! lol. I received this as part of an email a few days ago….. “My garage smells like hell right now because of those big stinky trash cans. It will get worse because its getting warmer. I thought to myself, “Jillee would know how to fix this!” :) Anything you can find?”
(If Grandma’s reading this…I’m pretty sure he meant to say “heck”.)
I have to admit I got a chuckle out of this…but then realized…he’s exactly right! I absolutely ABHOR taking out the trash to the BIG trash container outside because I can’t STAND the smell when I open the lid. I mean think about it…we put ALL our household trash in there….let in bake in the sun in a black plastic container all week until the municipal trash truck comes and takes it away. Is it any wonder it REEKS???
So after some fairly unpleasant research about garbage cans and how to clean them…here is the list/method I came up with for my nephew…but I’ll let you take a peek as well:
- GET THAT BIG STINKY THING OUT OF YOUR GARAGE! I realize they don’t exactly up the “curb appeal” of a house…but your garage will be a MUCH nicer place to be.
- The ideal time for trash can cleaning is on trash day, right after trash pickup, but if that’s not possible…just make sure you’re planning ahead and avoid putting any bags into the big container until “cleaning the can” is mission accomplished.
- Move the container to some place you don’t mind getting wet and somewhat soapy, the lawn would be ideal.
- Squirt some dishwashing liquid into the bottom of your EMPTY trash container and use a sprayer attached to a garden hose to “pressure wash” the inside of the offensive can.
- Pour out the soapy water and RINSE.
If the can is particularly SMELLY…you might want to whip up this batch of homemade disinfectant from Household Management 101.
3/4 cup of chlorine bleach
1 gallon warm water
1 tablespoon powdered laundry detergent
Mix the ingredients in a cleaning bucket and pour into the trash container. Let sit for 15 minutes, then using a long handled scrub brush, scrub the insides of the can. Rinse with the hose, and turn it upside down in order to let all the water drain out of it.
Turn the garbage bin back around so that it is right-side up, and let it dry in the sun all day
Finally….spray the inside of the garbage bin thoroughly with a disinfectant.
You should now have a “like-new” garbage bin you can be proud of. :-)
And to KEEP it that way……
- Put leftover food, fruit peels, fish heads, etc in a plastic grocery sack and throw it in the freezer until trash pick up day.
- Put the trash bin in a cooler, or shady area or anywhere other than inside the garage.
And last, but not least…..if you can stand the smell….and you have a vehicle big enough to handle it….take the big green monster to the car wash and give it a good pressure washing!
Good Luck nephew! Hope there’s something there that is helpful.
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