Keeping your garbage can odor free can be a challenge. This guide is about reducing trash can smells.
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When having shrimp or fish, to deal with the smell of peelings, shells, bones, or cleanings afterward put the peeled shells or bones in a plastic bag and seal before throwing in your garbage. This will help to control the smell until you can take the garbage outside. It will also help keep the friendly neighborhood animals from making a mess of your garbage can.
By latrtatr from Loup City, NE
We tend to buy more tea, rather than use up what we have, but we can't give it away because the package is already open. So instead of throwing it out, pour some of the dry loose tea inside your smelly garbage can. This will eliminate the smell until the bag is packed and you're ready to toss. If you use tea bags, just cut them open and pour into your garbage.
By Wendy from Calgary, Alberta
Save your cereal boxes or cake mix boxes and use them to scrape your food off your plates in when cleaning kitchen or doing dishes. That way if your trash starts to stink before you can get it outside to the trash, all you have to do is remove the box, and take it out. I started doing this and usually I end up putting the scrapes into the box and then the box into a plastic grocery bag.
Makes it easier too, not to have food falling out of your trash bag, or leaking into other items while waiting to fill the big can.
By Nana Lee
Wait; don't throw that empty microwave popcorn bag in the trash! After popping the corn, fold the empty bag flat and store them till you need one. Use it instead to put smelly trash items in to keep from stinking up your house. Put the Styrofoam flats and meat pack that are used by grocery stores for steaks, chops, chicken breast, burger meat, etc., in them instead. Give the flats a quick rinse and fold up as small as you get them and them stuff them into the empty microwave popcorn bag, roll top of bag down tightly and throw it in the trash. The microwave popcorn bags are tough enough to contain hot oil and popcorn so keeping the smell out of your home is a snap.
By John from Columbus, GA
I have 6 cats in my house and empty a lot of litter pans. The stench of dirty litter can quickly overwhelm my garage from the trash cans, so I've designated one as my dirty litter can. That can has a tight fitting lid, and to keep the can and the garage smelling nice, I buy those little car air freshener trees, and tape one to the inside of the trash can lid, with packing tape, by the string. Makes a world of a difference in the odor that greets me when I open up my garage door!
By Jazzyjuls from Ellicott City
An inexpensive way to keep a room smelling fresh is to spray the plastic garbage liner in your waste basket with a room or body spray. The scent will linger for a long time!
By Diane from Phillipsburg, NJ
Keep your kitchen trash can fresh and sweet every time you open the lid! Just squirt your favorite room freshener inside the lid and enjoy for days, even between bag replacements!
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Here are questions related to Reducing Trash Can Smells.
How do I get rid of the rotten smell in the wheelie bin (garbage bin)?
By Jan62 from Netherlands
First washing it out w/baking soda should help a lot. I drilled holes in the bottom of mine this allows fresh air to circulate and placed a layer of newspaper on the bottom (replacing when necessary). In between trash pick up I hose the can out and turn upside down until I use it.
I live in the country and don't have a disposal. I bag up my "stinky" stuff every day and take it to the dump once a month. In the meantime, I don't like to keep it in the house, so I put it in a double bagged can out on the porch. Sometimes, however, I get something that gnats love, like bananas or cantaloupe that needs more bagging than usual.
That is when I get a single bread wrapper to do triple duty. I put the offensive items in the bread bag, then twist it really close to the bottom. I pull it back over itself and twist it again. Then, I repeat. That is triple the wrapping without triple the bags!
Sometimes, the last wrap isn't enough to twist it for a tie, but a little tape is all you need. This almost completely protects the 'stinky" stuff from attracting anything. It is also really good for diapers!
By Poor But Proud from Coos Bay, OR
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Tips for keeping trash from smelling in the kitchen. Post your ideas.
Although, in the winter months the bones, etc., can go directly out to the trash can :-) Jennifer (11/27/2004)
Set trash can just out of the way on the back side of house. If you change a diaper, the couple extra steps to put that smelly item outside is so worth it! We always did that, we had no AC so the heat would work on trash like a flame on incense. That is VERY unpleasant !
Use SMALL bags for trash - even if it means you have to take out trash more often - instead of LARGE trash bags - that way you are more clean because you have smaller amounts of garbage sitting around than if you use 12 gallon sacks! (12/30/2004)
I also use flushable cat litter so I don't have stinky garbage can. I store all of my food in ziploc bags. When I dispose meat packages or smelly leftover food, I dump them in the used ziploc bag. It keeps the odors down once in the trash can and I don't have to worry about icky slime breaking out of a trash bag. (02/18/2005)
By Suzanne S.
Since we are on Garbage and Trash here, I would like to mention that I am a firm believer in leaving no boxes, tin cans or small plastic containers with air in them.
I tear up all my cartons and food boxes. Wash out and crush all my tin cans and small bottles,that are too many to be reused.
And the Jelly jars and butter container are filled up with garbage and our thrown away when full. I usually mix coffee and tea grounds in with the rest and if it gets too stinky,some pine sol.
As for Kitty litter or Doggy Dew, all I can say is to use those store plastic bags. That is what I used for my dog in my yard. I had a small lidded can on my porch where I would deposit the bags until I was ready to set the trash out . Those bags then fit into the single trash bag that contain the household trash and garbage lidded containers.
What did I get out of all that extra work and bother. Stronger hands, and the satisfaction of using less trash bags and the cutting down on landfill space. Now I do it without even thinking anymore. You can make a contest out of it.
If you do nothing else . Consider tearing up your trash into a compact form. You can do it every time a box, carton or mail is no longer useful.
Happy Good Smelling Garbage Everyone (03/26/2005)
By Mr. Thrifty